D&RGW Heritage paint scheme.
A busy evening at CN's Dock 6 in Duluth as the afternoon roadswitch job doubles its empty ore train together for a trip back to Proctor. Note a BNSF coal train unloading across the bay.
UP 7236 leads a loaded coal train eastward through Bailey Yard, surrounded by standard cab EMDs, including snoot-nosed SD40-2R 3310, SD40-2R 3691, ex-CNW UPY SD38-2 808, CEFX SD40-2 2811, and UP S... (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)
U-man delivers supplies to a set of helper power, 1953 style, as a steam powered train enters the scene from the right. Pennsy designated helper diesels with a yellow band on the cab door. For a... (more)
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)
Russell-Cumberland daily manifest, CSX Q316 creeps north along the Christmas decorated Main Street of St. Marys, east on the former B&O Ohio River Subdivision to New Martinsville. It's 9:00 PM on ... (more)
Yes it did look like and sound like an airplane. At the time of this picture security on the Penn-Central was very lax on the right of way. The photographer in front of me is obviously in a danger... (more)
After a pig train passes him at Sando, 231 streaks out of the siding and contniues his westward trip toward Richmond.
Photographed from the Roosevelt Avenue bridge, New York Central train #28 the NEW ENGLAND STATES at LaSalle Street Station in Chicago . An A-B-A set provide the power with E8A #4089 in the l... (more)
CN Train 376 derailed near Durham Junction in Pickering, Ontario on the afternoon of 30 March 2010. No one was injured. In all, nine cars derailed along with three of the four RBRX (former GO Tra... (more)
Yard Master takes time out to talk to a local and his boy who were watching the crew of Western Maryland 2-8-0 # 734 finish their switching. This action made Possible by Pete Lerro during a night... (more)
Taking advantage of a photography gig from a helicopter, I got this shot from about 500 feet over BNSF's Tennessee Yard.
The mighty 'General' P36 0120 passes under a bridge at Maryina Rosha as a track maintenance gang watches.
This particular 4-8-4 was built in 1955 at Kolomna Locomotive Works and was retired in 1... (more)
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.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
Time for a little snow to cool off!!!
Amtrak's second heritage unit to be released, AMTK 156 in Phase I paint, leads units AMTK 169 and AMTK 140 on the Lakeshore Limited. The train arrived into Cleveland 18 minutes early and allowed p... (more)
With Mt. Shasta as a backdrop, "World's Fair Daylight," powered by Southern Pacific Daylight 4449, heads back to Portland, Oregon.
GP9 8808 wades in Slocan Lake as it adjusts the barge slip by poling it. The train,Loco 1 car and caboose will eventually load onto the barge and travel 30 miles up Slocan Lake to Rosebery to serv... (more)
After setting out a gondola full of shop scrap>, the shifter backs up to the turntable. The stacks of wheels in t... (more)
NKP 765 poses as C&O 2765 for the New River Excursion.
VGN westbound near McCoy, Feb 1957. Bob Drake photo, photo collection of Tom Sink.
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)
The brakeman has gone to look for the owner of the white car blocking the lead to Peerless Confection; meanwhile a pastry truck blocks SOO 1548 in from the other side. Just feet from the end of t... (more)
VIa Rail train after a big snowstorm
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)
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)
The symmetry of the coal loads are visible as this coal drag is about to enter the Harpers Ferry tunnel after crossing the Potomac.
If SPUD becomes a passenger station again, and if the plants growing on the counterweight are a good indicator of structural integrity, this bridge might not be in service for too much longer. If... (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)
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit 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)
As the CFMG Matane turn is heading toward Matane with the 5 QNSL units it hits snow at a crossing going up a steep grade.
On September 15, 2013, three BNSF coal loads wait their turn to head east at East Alliance as an empty coal train led by an EMD SD70ACe arrives. In the distance, the headlights of another westboun... (more)
Santa Fe's hot eastbound "Super C" piggyback train pauses in Barstow, CA to set out a troublesome 5698. The consist: SD45-2s 5700 (Bicentennial), 5699, 5698 and 5702 (Bicentennial) and 15 cars.
Classic Southern Pacific! SP F7A 6325 and F7B 8219 (both November 1950 graduates of the EMD La Grange, IL, factory) sit with a caboose at the station in Chatsworth, California, on the SP's Coast ... (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)
UP 7605 the new GE Evolution series locomotive passes the remains of a water tower used first for steam locomotives and last for the west bound pig train on it's way to Long Beach
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)
A rare daylight appearance by the Barstow to San Diego manifest as it winds its way along the Pacific Coast on a beautiful Summer evening.
A Public Service of Colorado coal train climbs through Coal Creek Canyon approaching Tunnel 1 on Union Pacific's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. The 97 car train will load at the Energy mine on the Cra... (more)
Taking over from an electric locomotive from Grand Central station, a NYC Niagara starts her run to Chicago.
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
Anyone know what this is? Looks to be some kind of booster. This is car 12 on a 16 car manifest up the 3% track on Cajon, sure did catch my eye.
Picked Switch (Derailment) at MP 96 - The first of a set of five (5) former Chicago Northwestern (CNW) commuter cars that were acquired by Chicago Metra (METX) and later sold as surplus lie... (more)
CN 303 roars though Morris after recovering from an Emergency a few miles earlier. Note the CP Westbound train (CP 9124) in the siding at Thompson to the right of the frame.
A pair of electric motor coaches, with another banking at the rear, climb towards Ozpizio Bernina beside the snow covered frozen Lago Bianco with the 10.55 St.Moritiz to Tirano train on a brillian... (more)
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
First GG 1 lays over between runs at Meadows Yard
Southern Pacific DD35 9902 is one of three rostered by the SP. Originally 8402, it was later renumbered 9502 (in 1965) and then 9902 (in 1969). The DD35 was designed as a booster for GP35s, and ... (more)
With days left before shutting down, the Rock warns of other perils to its employees.
Every morning, five days a week, the ARC crew unlocks this rusty old pad lock, which serves as the sole ARC yard security in Taylorsville, fires up an old switcher such as Alco #6, and rolls off t... (more)
Caboose being used for it's intended purpose when only one locomotive is available. Being pushed by the 3905, conductor slipped back in the warmth of the caboose as its leading PR-2 across Mendon ... (more)
For 2009, UP finally blessed us NorCal railfans with a return of Steam to Donner. It has been 10 years since UP Steam last crossed over SP's High Sierra route and today was a great example of a ni... (more)
The wrecks of SS4-0043. This locomotive encountered an in-tunnel derailment in Gansu Province when the Wenchuan Earthquake happened on May 12, 2008. The rear locomotive section (SS4-0043A) and the... (more)
Shatner on the Shore Line. Much of the filming for the 1979 ABC-TV movie 'Disaster on the Coastliner', set in California, actually took place in Southeastern Connecticut. Here, a disgruntled eng... (more)
An early April morning finds a loaded ethanol train from the midwest stretched out on the sweeping curve at Klondike on BNSF's Needles Subdivision. This pretty well sums up my idea of railroading ... (more)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
High tide at Winslow Junction from the weekend storm that hit the east coast.
crossing the Huson Bridge shows the immense size of this load hauled with the 36 axle Schnabel car
Sunset on T1 2100.
An amazing light show over the Susquehanna River. I have another shot with a train streaking through it but the lightning wasn't nearly so interesting.
The ArcelorMittal Quebec Cartier Mining Corporation's weekly employee passenger train from Port Cartier to Mount Wright, Quebec, to service all of the online camps and the Fire Lake raw ore mine a... (more)
As the sun sets over the Marin County hills across San Pablo Bay, a late California Zephyr begins its final sprint west to Emeryville behind UP power borrowed at Truckee.
Thirty seconds of light at Northtown. BNSF keeps a pretty big pile of power here even when the economy isn't in the dumps for the seasonal grain surge, but this is getting ridiculous. The line in... (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)
The historic DMU VT 18.16 (later class 175) of the Deutsche Reichsbahn is seen here leaving the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in October 1990. This train was also known as the "East German TEE". The highly... (more)
An exceptional move
Everything is exceptional in this picture :
- This line is the “Petite Ceinture”, i.e. the little belt line of Paris. It is a formerly circular line loca... (more)
The hogger of a switch move powered by an old #4420 I1s waits for a hand signal from the man riding the rear end, probably breaking apart an arriving westbound. No radios being used here. John n... (more)
Nestled between the rising peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the tidal flats of the Turnagain Arm, The Spirit of Alaska leads a rare daylight move northward from Whittier to Anchorage. The... (more)
BNSF SD40-2 6851 was damaged in grade crossing collision with ethanol tank truck near the Suncor Refinery in Commerce City, CO, at the 56th Avenue grade crossing on July 23rd, 2009. BNSF 6851 was... (more)
The Gibraltar Cliffs provide some of the most dramatic scenery on the Moffat Route with vertical views into South Boulder Canyon and west to the Continental Divide. An eastbound coal train complet... (more)
Southern Rwy trains #154 and #83 meeting at High Point, NC in August 1972.
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)
The Northbound Denali Star crosses Riley Creek on a nice steel trestle and arrives on time at the Denali Park station. This is one of the last runs of the daily train as staring next week this tra... (more)
Rio Grande opted not to join Amtrak (but reluctantly did about 13 years later) and ran its own Rio Grande Zephyr between Denver and Salt Lake City, over one day, back the next, except on Wednesda... (more)
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)
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)
Four DJJX cars loaded with shedded steel rest on the ground after the rail rolled over. Looks like SCRF employees are going to have a long night! Canon EOS 50D
New CN unit being delivered to NS for shipment to CN. CN 2200 series GE's are DPU equiped for mid train or rear helper service, so I am guessing that is why they have the red class lights at both ... (more)
A shot taken while waiting for a north bound steam hauled charter but the unique lighting was too good an opportunity to miss as a Class 390 passed southbound
The last two CNW units on UP's roster sit in Belvidere waiting for their next train.
OmniTRAX switcher 1451 had been helping out at the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. The switcher was being returned to Loveland, CO when the Longmont Turn derailed. The pileup behind the switcher is q... (more)
Nevada Northern steam locomotive # 93, an American Locomotive 2-8-0 Consolidation built in 1909, is seen here in the locomotive engine house at the Nevada Northern Railroad. The event was staged f... (more)
One of my all time favorites, a photo that was worth smashing the rental car for.
The reason why Britain has such a vibrant preservation scene. Five years after the end of steam on British Railways, withdrawn locos still stretch into the far distance at Dai Woodham's scrapyard ... (more)
Here's a over head view..