Blasting through the small town of Ashton, blaring its K5LLA, UP 8810 leads UP 2200 a SD60 and Dakota and Iowa 2502 a GP9u. A faint rainbow can be seen in the distance.
The Oquirrh Mountains make for a nice backdrop for trains starting the westward journey on the LASL.
The MoPac just seems to keep coming back! Here the 1982 is bringing in the Long Beach to Seattle stack train, which reaches Oakland by way of Sacramento. I lucked into them running 1x1, I always... (more)
UP's once-a-week Potash Local nears the Intrepid mine at the end of the line. Truly an amazing piece of engineering, where the Colorado River, the highway, and the railroad all squeeze through a ... (more)
UP's Denver North Yard to Salt Lake City Roper Yard descends through Gilluly on its way down the former Rio Grande Soldier Summit.
Running trackage it more than likely saw when new and hauling coal trains, former SP 245 leads an empty oil train for Savage's Price River Terminal at Wash, UT.
Just a few miles north of Intrepid Potash's mine at aptly-named Potash, the Cane Creek Sub begins a 1.2% grade for northbound trains. With no load from the mine this day, the Potash Local makes e... (more)
A large group of trackmen from Helper work in unison to change out a frog at the west switch at Mounds, Utah, on the morning of May 11, 2006.
The Cane Creek Sub may not be known for its traffic density, but it is certainly known for it's scenery. The Sunday-only "Potash Local" slowly works it's way through one of the cuts jus... (more)
Some old warriors still earning their keep on the contaminated dirt train. A SD40-2 and 2 SD60M's out in Utah's east desert.
The "Potash Local" make their Sunday run towards the Cane Creek Sub at Brendel under the impressive Book Cliffs that parallel the former Rio Grande mainline in eastern Utah.
An eastbound auto rack train starts the climb through scenic Echo Canyon. A very wet spring has yielded a Utah resplendent in green, a nice contrast to the red rock in this region.
UP's Potash Local slowly works it way toward the mine at the end of the line as awe-inspiring red cliffs and blue skies encourage pixels to be exposed by the millions.
An eastbound mixed freight curves around the rocks east of Rock Springs as it accelerates on to the relatively flat plains of west central Wyoming.
After a day of chasing the Potash Local down the Cane Creek Sub, we were rewarded with an empty oil train heading back to the loadout near Wellington, UT, seen here passing through Thompson Spring... (more)