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.
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.
TVR 610 co-stars in this scene with a Model 'A' Ford for the new movie Heavens Fall.
crossing the Huson Bridge shows the immense size of this load hauled with the 36 axle Schnabel car
Lots of flavor in this consist as all 5 units are different. Leading is CSX 551 (AC4400CW), CSX 5443 (ES44DC), CSX 692 (AC6000CW), CSX 7382 (C40-8W) and HLCX 6312 (SD40-2) heading northbound into... (more)
First GG 1 lays over between runs at Meadows Yard
to the Decay II. Vehicles are held for the purpose of renewal, the storage conditions are terrible and unworthy. Railroad: Hungarian State Railways (MÁV)Locomotive: MÁV 326Location: Budapest, HungaryLocomotive #: 326,160Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: February 25, 2010
Steam rises into cold air as fog has just about burned off on the morning of October 2, 2014. Silence is broken on Montana Rail Link’s Fourth Subdivision when eastbound BNSF MSPOLAU (Spokane to La... (more)
The 6:15 p.m. outbound Northstar departure rockets across the Mississippi River bridge on a rainy January night.
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.
An eastbound UP stack train holds the main at Shawmut while a manifest waits in the siding to follow it.
This unusual crossing signal still works correctly at an apparently unused private crossing. The lights did go out when a westbound freight approached.
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)
A very short train with a BIG load heading north. "Mammoet" specializes in moving heavy loads. I looked them up on www.mammoet.com.
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.
Taking over from an electric locomotive from Grand Central station, a NYC Niagara starts her run to Chicago.
Hot car: An eastbound Chicago and North Western freight going through Sussex, Wisconsin, on May 24, 1986, had a car of lumber on fire. They stopped and cut the car from both parts of the train, wh... (more)
Selkirk, the way I remember it. Nostalgic variety of Big Blue (and some NS Black). A GE B23-7 #1970, a C30-7A #6571, and a few EMD's #6738 an SD50 and #6940 an SD38! Add a yard slug and two NS e... (more)
The Lake State Railway quietly unveiled its new corporate scheme on December 5, when a former CITX SD40-2 that the company purchased recently was rolled out in the modernized lightning stripe imag... (more)
Early in the morning a heavy eastbound manifest rounds a corner at Cable Crossover with its power shooting exhaust skyward.
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 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)
The UP E units cross the Joso bridge into Washington with a railtour.
Shinkansen 500 Series in the Station of Kyoto. The pilot in the cockpit had white gloves - amazing!
The proud owner of the "Spirit of the Conrailer", Douglas Woodard, watches a westbound CSX train roll through Berea. This truck was formerly the "Spirit of the Conrail 7", and used to be in CSX YN... (more)
The Death of a Boxcar! This car and the tanker in the background, were involved in the 10/17/2007 derailment at Steilacoom. Photo of the pile up - Railroad: BNSF RailwayLocomotive: n/aLocation: Tacoma, Washington, USALocomotive #: n/aTrain ID: n/aPhoto Date: November 19, 2007
In the woods of upstate New York remain the last active rails of the long abandoned New York, Ontario and Western. Emerging from the fog is the CSX local out of Fulton with two cars to be spotted ... (more)
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)
The symmetry of the coal loads are visible as this coal drag is about to enter the Harpers Ferry tunnel after crossing the Potomac.
NS's first SD60E with the new NS-modified wide cab, built at Juniata Loco Shop
Odd to see so many CP units in Sandpoints little UP yard linking the UP to the BNSF and MRL. But look at this picture. Do you notice anything very, very wrong? (Don't point out whats actual... (more)
With a rosy glow in the western sky, Union Pacific's Salt Lake to Los Angeles intermodal curves west through a superelevated curve just east of Erda, Utah. In the distance is Stansbury Island, the... (more)
As tree branches snap and rails creak IAIS 512 & 718 slowly make their way out of the south end of the EJ&E Yard with EJ&E 100 ton covered coil cars and 50' gons along the spur that will take them... (more)
Gone but not forgotten, this long string of Conrail boxcars rots away on the abandoned tracks at Rose yard.
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)
A close up look of the ARMS barge, Anchorage Provider, being unloaded at Whittier. This barge not only hauls freight cars but also containers that are stacked on racks above the rail cars. If one ... (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)
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)
Early morning freight, northbound just out of Maldon.
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)
Here's a over head view..
The ladies are lined up for a late afternoon shot...my goodness, it looks like 4418 "pooted"
Man's Best Friend
There's nothing like sharing an afternoon of railfanning with your best friend, even if she's a little crazy (and I'm not talking about my wife). On this chilly but ... (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)
This mangled mess is all that is left of a semitrailer truck that crashed into a cut of tanks cars carrying oil used for making asphalt. The accident killed the truck driver and sent plumes of bl... (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)
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)
Parisian high fashion (haute couture) on a race train. This is the new livery of the "V150" trainset prepared for the world rail speed record. V150 stands for 150 meters per second.
UP 3985 makes good time up the Spine Line seen here in a zoom-out-pan just north of Castle Rock on her way to South St. Paul.
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)
What a work of art... Greetings from tropical Cass Lake! The other side of this car is equally as impressive. Click on the locomotive number field to see the other side of this car. more)
If it weren't for those access stairs, one could amost believe that the Big Boy is performing helper duty for NYC 2933...
In a view that the great O. Winston Link saw on a regular basis on the Abingdon Branch, N&W 382 passes through a snow bank as big as the engine as the engineer leans out the window checking the cl... (more)
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)
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)
Emerging out of thick morning fog, an eastbound BNSF freight rumbles across Noxon Bridge over the Clark Fork west of Noxon, Montana, just after sunrise on October 2, 2014.
We're deep into the PRR steam era from the Dziobko camera. Assuming the date on the slide is the date the photo was actually taken, it would seem to contradict the late Don Ball, Jr., in his book... (more)
DITCHED, part 5: THE LIFT. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, a southbound New England Southern light engine struck a patch of ice and toppled a full 130 degrees off the tracks and d... (more)
Amtrak's final two heritage units, AMTK 184 and AMTK 66, lead train 30, the Capitol Limited east towards Washington on their first run on the point. All four heritage schemes have come through Cle... (more)
On August 31, with an invite to ride along and explore a 6-mile stretch of trackage not reachable by roadways (as they were completely washed away), a hi-rail trip revealed some serious damage. N... (more)
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
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)
On the evening of October 6, CP 114 derailed here on the CP while entering the CN Bala (directional running zone) spilling a few containers.
D&H PA's 18 & 19 northbound Adirondack on a cold, snowy day.
Check out the string of reefers to the rear
Southern Rwy trains #154 and #83 meeting at High Point, NC in August 1972.
That would be the perfect vehicle for railfanning that line...
A splash of color around the Spencer roundhouse.
The sun is rising on another day on the Mendota Sub near the small township of Meriden. These classic CB&Q signals litter this subdivision from Galesburg, IL, to Aurora, IL, on the 120 miles of th... (more)
After a weekend of rain & clouds we are treated to a full week of beautiful weather and taking the main stage would have to be Mt. Rainier. Showing us while Trains are very big, some things are ju... (more)
Rescued Train; 16 inches of snow fell in 8 hours and this eastbound stack train got into trouble on the icy rails shortly after starting down the 2.2% grade. At 5 MPH over the post speed f... (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)
Free move of this emu unit break down the wall and went for a walk into the avenue.Possibly a bad driving of the accelerator make this mess.The guilty must be one of the clearing auxiliary staff.R... (more)
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
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)
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 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)
Making their maiden voyage on the Lake State Railway's Huron Subdivision to Alpena, Michigan, the newly-arrived Metro-East Industries/ZTR Systems-constructed GP40-3/Road Slug set of LSRC 4303 and ... (more)
Sometimes when you are trackside you see something that can't be... like this NJDOT E8 on the old CNJ Main. Conrail did not use E8s on this line, and even though they were maintained at Elizabeth... (more)
This is not a locomotive. It is movie prop for the new Christopher Nolan film, INCEPTION. If you look closely at the fake Blomberg trucks, you can see the tires of the three-axle Peterbilt that is... (more)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
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 coal fired, steam powered, car ferry Chief Wawatam is being loaded by Soo Line GP-30 708 at the St. Ignace dock in June of 1979.
The first train to head down the Amboy Secondary since the snow started falling the previous night, SA31 pauses on the Amboy Secondary in Helmetta for a few minutes.
One of Metro North's inspection trains after Hurricane Sandy. Train crews looked for trees or any obstructions on the tracks, stopped when one was spotted and on board track workers armed with cha... (more)
An overview of NS' gathering of its heritage locomotives at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC during the media preview day. Thanks to NS / NCTM for hosting this event and for... (more)