The cab of former CSX 7048 appeards to be the only thing left of this C30-7 on April Fool Day 2007 at Progress Rail in Waycross. The blue GP in the background appears to have CSX 1790 patch job nu... (more)
She jumped the track. The result of a hopper door coming open and derailing the car. 110 tons of coal must now be unloaded by hand before rerailing.
CSX's Sewell Valley Shifter eases downgrade past Meadow Creek Falls with 34 loads of coal to drop off in the small yard at Meadow Creek, West Virginia, junction with the New River Subdivision main... (more)
The Super Chief arriving at LAUPT -- Amtrak will arrive in a few weeks
Bio-diesel engine #93 of the Santa Fe Southern Railway powering the daytime New Year's Eve train through record-setting snowfall in northern New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo mountains are in the ... (more)
The beautiful Montana countryside is bathed in full moon light as an eastbound BNSF coal train streaks its way through Lombard Canyon and along the Missouri River on Montana Rail Link's 2nd Subdiv... (more)
A DIFFERENT BIG BOY MOVE...LONG AGO and BY IT'S HOME. 29 years ago this November, UP 4012 was moved from Steamtown's old home in Bellows Falls, VT to Steamtown's new home in Scranton, PA. The rout... (more)
Using my Fall Break wisely, my dad and I traveled over to the Altoona area to capture all the changes that were taking place. Pennsy signals were a priority and so was ALTO. We were very fortunate... (more)
A rare view of Challenger 3985's firebox without a boiler jacket. Challenger 3985 is currently undergoing repairs in the UP Steam Shop in Cheyenne, WY.
The Niagara was the epitome of powerful dual-purpose NYC steam, and could stand its ground on the ledger sheet with the invading internal combustion power. Nonetheless, 6014 was scrapped a year o... (more)
It's a good thing CSX has a 10mph speed restriction around the Wye at Patio, otherwise the driver of this pickup wouldn't be here anymore. The dispatcher called in the warning about 2 minutes aft... (more)
A Milwaukee Road XL Special rolls westward along rock faces high above the St. Joe River near Steel Bridge, ID.
3 Westbounds all waiting their turns down Cajon
Lots of yellow power at Bailey Yard in North Platte. UP 5296 is rolling east on the main line, while the hump crew goes after another drag; rows of SD70Ms are in storage near the service island. ... (more)
It was a good day at Copper Creek
Locomotives congregate on a Saturday morning at Santa Fe's Bakersfield engine terminal and roundhouse.
Completed in 1872, and out of service since the 1970's, the original bore at Big Bend is 6560 feet long, and lined with brick from end to end. This bore is best known for being home to the legend... (more)
Via's westbound Canadian is just minutes from a stop at Jasper.
The train goes shopping
The train does its shopping at the market in Juliaca. The picture shows it collecting some fruits.
The Julliaca market stretches over every av... (more)
As the warm glow of a fall sunset fades in the sky, sparks fly from the tip of the torch. By dawn nothing would be left of 1639's cab.
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
They say not to put the cart in front of the horse, in this case 4,620 horses, but I think this may be an exception to that rule. All 'board!
An assortment of engines of all kinds are presented in this view of LTEX's locomotive shops.
Try this on your model layout! An open-air interlocker, complete with semaphore home signal. It appears to have been staffed "as needed." Not an assignment you'd want in January, even in urban ... (more)
A westbound Hauler leaves SP’s West Colton Yard heading for Los Angeles headed by a rare U50 / DD35 lashup. By the middle of the next year, the SP's U50s were gone... Click here to see that: more)
Hello, NP, this is the CNR. We are returning one of your box cars with a slight dent in one end.
Refer to my photo of the burned off axle as this is what caused the derailment and damage to th... (more)
Having just completed its station stop at Portage, the nortbound Glacier Discovery Train crosses Twenty Mile Bridge as it heads homeward toward Anchorage amidst the beautiful Alaskan wilder... (more)
In the aftermath of an August 2000 derailment of a coal train, someone with a sense of humor, or perhaps some kids having fun, decorated the spilled coal load of Rio Grande 100-ton quad hopper No.... (more)
The Wisconsin Valley train eastbound into downtown Tosa derailed in three places. This was the rear derailment of stacked empty coal hoppers.
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit more)
Wish I'd had a wide-angle to capture the cranes of destruction too while Union Pacific DD35 #75B spent it's last hours on the planet at "Scraporano." Build at LaGrange in May of 1964, this unit wa... (more)
Volcano smoke competing with locomotive smokes!
There are very few pictures on RPN showing a train with a live volcano displaying volcanic activity. I only found another one, from Gian... (more)
Steel rails, stars and semaphores. Coyote siding, MP 14518, New Mexico. Spetember 18th, 1999. Steve Crise Photo. © scrise.com
Railmax high railer weed sprayer being serviced at Bluefield
The 261 is undergoing rebuilding the morning that the SP 4449 is hauling me from Minneapolis to Chicago on its way to Train Festival in Owosso, MI. At the time, the Friends of the 261 were under t... (more)
This was my first attempt of shooting a train exiting a tunnel at night, the idea worked and this image was part of the CRPA contest winner, it also ending up being one of my favorite images.
Looking east on the Western Maryland mainline toward Slatyfork, the Elk River bridge and much of the former mainline rail remain in place, outside of downtown Webster Springs. Coal mining operatio... (more)
Cab of Amtrak 37.
The eastbound Texas Eagle barrels down a straight stretch of hogbacks toward a meet with a waiting UP freight at Elmo at dusk.
Now with Black under frame.....
Amtrak glides thru the old SP yard in Oakridge, amid some assorted snow-fighting equipment, and a long line of lumber cars that have been stored there for quite some time. Looks like some MOW wor... (more)
It would be great to take a picture of it with a locomotive. Not sure it happens frequently though.
Stood on the nose of a train waiting for a signal to depart westward. The crew got a great show while they waited.
UP 4983 West enters Tucson Yard at sunset under monsoon skies.
BNSF 7421 leads grain loads around the famous curve at Home Valley bound for export at some Pacific Ocean port.
For the past 20 or 30 minutes, the exhaust fans have been howling and red/white checkered door has been closed. A strobe over the door starts flashing and it's show time. The door slowly opens a... (more)
Slip-way Buczyniec is a only place in all over the world where is usable track to move ships and yachts in order to overcome the vertical distance between one canal and another.
Eastbound Conrail train WHSN-04 slowly ambles up the rickety track through the remains of the old Glen Burn Colliery at Shamokin, PA on April 29, 1987 with three MP15s. The scrappers were dismant... (more)
Sunset at 15th&Ulloa silhouettes an inbound Breda LRV running on the MUNI's L Taraval line.
Santa Fe Corwith Yard, now under ownership of BNSF Railway, shot from my Toronto-bound Porter flight back in 2010.
The weakest link has been found!
Blue Bird bound for St Louis departing Dearborn Station.
Where else can you get the DMIR, BLE, SP, CNW, STEELCO & WC all in the same shot but Larry's?
4744 poses in front of the Lackawanna main at Meadows.
Eastbound Q398, with 6 units, crosses the Potomac River and is about to enter the tunnel at historic Harpers Ferry W.V.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
As a sequel to my derailment shot of CNR 1212 at Hamilton Jct. ON, here is the CNR big hook rerailing it.
Roll Em By - C704 is tucked away safely in the hole at Ackerville. It's Conductor braves night and fog, inspecting a passing fleet of northbound trains on CN's busy Waukesha Sub.
On Wednesday, July 18, Vermont Rail System, in cooperation with the The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority teamed up to move a quintet of CIT-owned SD9043MACs to the BBC Delaware ship for export t... (more)
Imagine for a minute you are finishing the sandwich you packed for lunch today (there is no such thing as 'fast food' yet), enjoying it with an ice cold 7oz. bottle of Coke, when along comes this ... (more)
As we ring in the new year, Norfolk Southern wishes you a happy 2014! Photo by Casey Thomason. For more information about Norfolk Southern, visit more)
What "Big" Really Means - UP 4014 sits on track panels in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona California as it starts it's journey home to Cheyenne Wyoming to... (more)
NYC sharks wait at Harmon in 3rd-rail territory. This shot and others came during a family cruise up the Hudson valley on a Sunday in the '50 Olds Rocket 88. John, a teenager at the time, reca... (more)
Recreating the classic A.J. Russell photo on the 137th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike.
Doubleheading from Alamosa to Antonito. At Antonito both engines will take coal and water, and the helper will be cut into the train for the climb to Cumbres. It will be long after dark and prob... (more)
NS spraying for bugs.
From an altitude of 1500' in a Cessna 172, this is what UP's Marion Intermodal Railport looks like. The view is looking east towards Memphis.
NS train 058 heads from Bluefield to Roanoke with a single UP unit pulling 41 flat cars containing a total of 205 HUMVEE's. Note the touch-up paint on the UP 7535. The name is now "Union Paci"
Being hit by dozens of trains a day wears out the diamonds in Marion, so they need welded up and ground flush monthly like this one.
Union Pacific northbound freight train about to enter the Ostrander Tunnel just north of Kelso, Washington, shrouded by bigleaf maple trees at peak fall color. The photo was made while heading hom... (more)
Got lucky Finding a prop, A train parked on a load out on the old MStL just off the Spineline. Shot at F 45 the sun was so bright you can see it in the lens bending around the aperture blades, Som... (more)
Just after clearing the draw bridge which gives CP-Draw its namesake, Q004 picked the switch which divides the NS Bison Runner from CSX's 2 Main.
Snaking around Lake Superior's Cavers Bay, CP 9835 EAST knocks down the signal at Mile 27.2 on the CP's Nipigon Sub.
Two flagship AT&SF trains side-by-side at LAUPT in 1954. Loco #17 is on the point of the Super Chief I believe; and #41 is likely the lead unit of El Capitan.
Heritage in Ruby Canyon: Union Pacific’s Operation Lifesaver special crosses McDonald Creek below Dodge’s Bluff in spectacular Ruby Canyon just east of Utaline, Colorado, on June 13, 2009. Leading... (more)
We're deep in the Doe River Gorge on a very cold fall day--along the right of way of the old East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow gauge (3-foot) main line. When "Tweetsie" made its last ... (more)
Leading it's first train since being painted into the Phase III Heritage Paint scheme, Amtrak 145 takes a break at the Cleveland Depot at 2:40 a.m. en route to Washington on the Capitol Limited.
“Alleghany West Virginia Railroad 777”, one of the “Unstoppable” movie locomotives, spends some time in Louisville before heading south over the PAL to VMV in Paducah. The unit appears to have par... (more)
On this date, it is not too common to see 3 ex-Rio Grande locomotives still working together. The other 2 numbers are UP 1350 & 1445.
A head on wreck caused by one train overrunning the meet at Gilchrist. I heard on the radio that "2 westbound trains collided head on" (accuracy in the media!) so I highballed across the border (I... (more)
I'm not sure whether it was 400 or 402, but whatever it is made a good shot
The Schnabel is loaded and just about ready to roll.
to the Decay III. Vehicle is held for the purpose of renewal, the storage conditions are terrible and unworthy. 140 locomotives were built from the 327 series (4-6-0) in the early 1910s, an... (more)
Delivered earlier in that year, LV 560 gets a hand wash at the Oak Island engine terminal. I was chased out of there after these shots on account of high anxiety at the start of the Korean War. ... (more)
Three trains, two planets, and one moon. The Mars Light on the back of Cedar Rapids, bringing up the rear of the westbound Empire Builder, pulsates towards Saint Paul. Two eastbound freig... (more)
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy's Nebraska Zephyr, having just departed Galesburg, IL, heads towards a late evening arrival in Aurora followed by a trek on the Racetrack before arriving back at Uni... (more)