I arrived in Bluefield in the middle of August when most coal mines are shut down for vacation. So a cut of over 20 cabooses was laid out in front of me. So go ahead choose your favorite.
Canadian National Dash 8-40CW 2152 has had previous owner BNSF Railways' markings painted out and the new owner's markings applied, but it has yet to depart BNSF's Barstow Yard to set wheels on it... (more)
END OF THE LINE for CR 6407!
January 31, 1979- CR 6407 was the leader and CR 6377 was the trailing unit of a Syracuse-Enola freight that rear-ended a stopped Buffalo-Enola freight. Both trains w... (more)
Three NS GE locomotives help hold back a 200 car loaded coal train as it descends the grade between Princeton, WV and the junction with the former N&W at Oakvale. The 100 foot tall trestle here ca... (more)
Santa Fe’s articulated doodlebug M190 and one coach were running 75 mph when they zipped by the Chisum, N.M. station sign. Train 25 operated between Clovis and Carlsbad and informally was called... (more)
A Kansas City hobo catches a ride to Neff Yard
This has been said to be the busiest rail junction in the world by some. Others claim that it isn't. During daytime hours I believe there is a train occupying these rails a greater amount of time ... (more)
Vietnam: Japanese C12-type 2-6-2T steam loco 131-428 at Dalat Railway Station. The highland city of Dalat is a popular destination for weddings and the old steam loco is popular with wedding phot... (more)
On it's way to the MINExpo International 2012, the EMDX 1201 sits under wraps in Battle Creek Yard waiting to go out on train 393. The tarp and Police escort protecting the new top secret paint jo... (more)
On 1st june, the world's longest railway tunnel was officially inaugurated, the 57 kilometer long Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Alps from Erstfeld to Bodio. The very first train which run from ... (more)
Corridor Contrasts: Classic Pennsylvania RR Station and today's sleek ACELA. Note northbound Crescent in the distance.
An A-B-A set of CLC C-Liners are turning on the wye at Tadanac, BC next to the Cominco plant which produces lead and zinc. They will assemble their train for the return trip to Nelson, BC later i... (more)
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn
Heading across the Richmond Viaduct, the Ringling Brothers 'Blue unit' Circus Train makes a nice sight as it heads to Newport News, Virginia for the next show. This train, having just come from No... (more)
A flurry of activity greets John on his first trip west. To see other views of that trip, click here>
LIMITED VISABILITY; More than an inch an hour fell as BNSF proved to have the only pass open in the state.
Glacier - Bridge 14-A. After a servicing stop at Glacier Siding, the WP&YR Rotary Fleet resumes its climb toward the White Pass and a date with the deep snow pack which has been accumulatin... (more)
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
Union Pacific's nightly Oakland-Stockton IOAST crosses over Altamont Pass Road as it makes it's way from the Bay Area to the Central Valley.
It's been a while since this track was used. Simpson lost a bridge in 2008 and it was finally rebuilt in early 2010. #1201 is dragging a string of empty flat cars to the mill at Dayton. Off in the... (more)
All four of the unstoppable AC44's are coupled together just before being split up the day before filming began in bellaire Ohio.
UP1996 on only it's 2nd run, runs around the curve near castelia with the majestic castle crags bringing up the backdrop, a place where Real Southern Pacific locomotives ran past for years, a spec... (more)
Along the river under the clouds... EP2K electric DC locomotive with passenger train goes along the river "Sylva" at early morning. The action took place at western Ural m... (more)
607 with the "Powhatan Arrow" lies on her side after a derailment resulting in the death of the fireman. Cause, failure to obey automatic block-signal & entering turnout at excessive speed (77 mph... (more)
Direct train to the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico derails between the limits of the city of Gomez Palacio and Torreon
An F59PH has been painted for the proposed new Detroit area commuter service to Ann Arbor, Michigan. As of late 2010, start up is uncertain.
The photo that wasn't ... after busting through several snowbanks at track speed, the engineer of CN's 2008 Santa Train was forced to put the train in emergency to avoid an idiot stuck on the trac... (more)
"Shutting Off the Departure Board at NYP" An Amtrak Electrician flips the switch on the famous Departure Board at New York Pennsylvania Station, turning it off for the last time b... (more)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
There are nothing left of these old gray Amtrak units except the cabs. Glad I at least saw them once in my lifetime.
Quite an impressive engine on a meter gauge track! What annoys me in the "overall balance" (as would RPN screeners say, i.e. its look, or design) of the engine is the cap above the cab. ... (more)
It is almost 6:30a.m. and the sun has just crested over the mountains as the morning mist begins to dissipate.
#58 fell victim to arson on March 16, 2008. Personnel have moved all 4 of the involved pieces from the engine house in which the vandal(s) broke into and did their destruction. The engine house ... (more)
Engine 8154 leads a westbound freight over the Crystal Creek trestle near West Glacier, Montana.
A BNSF manifest freight rolls east on the Montana Rail Link near Trout Creek, Montana. Even though the fish were biting, I will always have time to photograph a train.
STOP-Obstruction Ahead That's what the sign the NS supervisors are carrying away said. To test the crew of the southbound TVA coal train to see if they followed the speed restriction, the s... (more)
Mount Washington 10 Kroflite begins its abbreviated winter journey up the mountain as it digs into the first incline, right outside Marshfield station. Note the open firebox door and the silhouett... (more)
177-22 heads west along the calm autumn waters of the Bow River. There's snow on Sulphur Mountain by this time in September, and there was snow earlier on the ground that day. Railroad: Canadian Pacific RailwayLocomotive: GE ES44ACLocation: Banff, Alberta, CanadaLocomotive #: CP 8863Train ID: CP 177Photo Date: September 22, 2010
Freightrain from Belarus to Polish border station Siemianowka crossing the bridge onto the lake causeway.
Ex CP plow being pushed by B23-7 2004 by the East outlet of Moosehead Lake and approximately 77 miles from its destination Lac Megantic Quebec.
Early morning silouette. Taken Sunday heading North on the "dark side" of Smith Road low to the ground and underexposed by a stop or two.
On February 7, 2006, a freight powered by Union Pacific 2-8-0 No. 618 approaches Snake Creek at Charleston, Utah, on a photo freight operated by Heber Valley Railroad.
The 1792 rests at NC DOT Capital yard Raleigh, NC. Slowly she is being parted out, after being involved in a crossing accident at 79mph with a low boy hauling an excavator in Mebane, NC.
BMEC shops where new locomotives are born! Metro North 401 is almost ready to ship and is to be used for work trains on the Metro North. This unit is equipped with dual control stands
A UP manifest and a BNSF Doublestack train are headed down hill through Cajon Pass. The BNSF train is at Sullivan's Curve on the ex-Santa Fe main and the UP is at Canyon on the former SP main.
Stressfull? Hardly... After a cold winter, cutting rail the steel will expand (pull); now with the mild temperatures we destress the track (contract). With no hydraulic pullers available, we make ... (more)
Now in its fourth consecutive year of operation, CN's employee Santa train has become an annual holiday fixture on the GTW. Running under sunny skies and frigid temperatures, IC 101 hustles the tr... (more)
VGN westbound near McCoy, Feb 1957. Bob Drake photo, photo collection of Tom Sink.
After setting out a gondola full of shop scrap>, the shifter backs up to the turntable. The stacks of wheels in t... (more)
Grand Canyon Limited departing with freshly repainted #239. This will be the ex-Amtrak unit's first trip to the Grand Canyon pulling the :imited.
The eastbound KVR hotshot passes under a slide fence in a very hard to get scene along Kootenay Lake. It was just west of this location that 2 railwaymen lost their lives in 1995 when their train ... (more)
NKP 765 poses as C&O 2765 for the New River Excursion.
The first major winter storm of the season has decended upon the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon and the "Oregon Short Line" - UP's main line between the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest.
The searchlights at Benson are probably not long for this world, but they saw another sunrise on this morning. The West Local was having problems with them, however, as supposedly the signal in t... (more)
The moon rises over the remains of the Bethlehem Steel plant as an incoming train illuminates the yard full of inter-model cars. Not long ago, this facility was one of the largest producers of ste... (more)
"Welcome Home:" Montana Rail Link SD45-2 311 returns to home rails for the first time since 2008 when it was sent to CEECo in Tacoma, Washington to be repainted into Montana Rail Links newest sche... (more)
All that remains of #8 - involved in the 2007 Pere Marquette accident in Chicago.
2141 reflects beautifully in Monty Lake, the cold air emphasizing her smoke and steam.
This cemetary contains Parisian commuter trains belonging to two series: Z 5300 (1.5KV DC) and Z 6100 (25KV 50Hz). They wait there before going to a scrapper.
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
On a cool, crisp morning on Donner Pass an UP eastbound stack train leaves the town of Truckee behind. Two days before there was possibly the last snow storm of the winter leaving a dusting of sn... (more)
Desert railraoding Chilean style
The FCAB is a privately own meter-gauge railroad. It carries mainly copper and sulfuric acid for the making of copper. This train comes from Mejillones... (more)
Mamiya 645 color negative
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
Derailment at Oconomowoc,WI eastbound train burned off a journal both mains gone. Crowd control seemed to be a problem back then. Note the hopper car across both mains in the distance. Because of ... (more)
"Double South" 758 starts around the connection between the Virginian and the N&W Winston-Salem line while the Warehouse Crew (with NS 3236 and usual caboose on rear) holds up north of JK. The War... (more)
This Photo represents a bad day for this Train's crew.... After breaking TWO (2) knuckles on Crawford Hill, Just North of Alliance, NE this same train pulled the drawbar out of the first car. It... (more)
The Bloomer Shippers Line Railroad used two Geeps to plow out the entire railroad Friday. Former Northern Pacific 7591, the Bloomer's first loco, gets some attention as trackworkers use scoop shov... (more)
A very close call. A southbound UP freight running over BNSF's Hinckley Subdivision from Superior to Minneapolis escaped major damage when this wheelset on a loaded tanker six cars back from the p... (more)
Yep, it's still there. Approximately a year after being abandoned here, MMA 8583 and a short train are still in Ste-Sabine, Quebec. The reason for this is the poor condition of the t... (more)
UP 3597 heads up the Brigham City, Utah based, Malad Idaho, local. Scrap filled gondolas for Nucor Steel and hoppers for grain and pumice for Malad City's industries.
Bearing the coal dust of a hard days work and strapped in, a worker cautiously releases the brake allowing a Top Gon to roll downhill under the coal loadout. In this modern day it's hard to believ... (more)
Renting a limousine is a common way to celebrate a wedding day, but renting a locomotive is a great way for the bride and groom to ride from wedding ceremony location to reception yard.
(Dear So... (more)
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit more)
Miles away from civilization in the Trough of the South Branch of the Potomac River, B&O painted F7(A) No. 722 is illuminated by moonlight as it poses alongside the South Branch of the Ptomac Rive... (more)
NECR 3848 leads 324 through the quintessential Vermont village of South Royalton amid fresh snow at 04:13.
Double traction steamtrain with the two former Deutsche Bahn "Pacific" coal fired two cylinder 01 202 (Association Pacific 01 202 in Lyss, Switzerland) and haevy fuel oil fired, three cylinder 01 ... (more)
Norfolk Southern's "Honoring Our Veterans" unit, SD60E #6920, leads train Z85411 (P54) away from Washington DC after being on display for National Train Day on May 11, 2013. The Nation's Capital ... (more)
Storm clouds are gathering high above the mountains as more coal slowly heads downgrade toward Denver.
8 big ones on the ground. A few thousand cubic feet of wheat spilled. Track ruined (the CWR is sheared in two different places, and they weren't welds!). No one hurt. A bad flange on a BNSF hopper... (more)
A supercell rotates upon itself in a fury of lightning for hours on end as it makes it's way eastward throughout the night. It is amazing the such a power storm can be so tightly packaged that the... (more)
Allegheny & West Virginia 777 and 767 (one of two sets of these) sit idle on the wye at Rayland, Ohio. These units are currently being used in the film "Unstoppable" staring Denzel Washington and ... (more)
ARR 4003 round new alignment 15 miles north of Anchorage. For many more new Alaska Rail photos see www.loco-photos.net
The last run of the day provides the best lighting. Nikon D70.
Northbound CSX manifest dominating the middle of Center St. certainly makes for a striking image at 01:01 on this unique trackage on the ex-RF&P.
This locomotive was modified to burn a mix of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and/or standard diesel fuel oil so as to perform better at high altitude in the absence of enough oxygen. The picture show... (more)
After two days with about one meter of fresh snow, a wonderful day breaks. Shortly after seven in the morning the first train from Poschiavo just has reached Alp Grüm on 2091 m above sea level. Th... (more)