A splash of color around the Spencer roundhouse.
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)
With Mt. Shasta as a backdrop, "World's Fair Daylight," powered by Southern Pacific Daylight 4449, heads back to Portland, Oregon.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
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)
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.
After setting out a gondola full of shop scrap>, the shifter backs up to the turntable. The stacks of wheels in t... (more)
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)
VIa Rail train after a big snowstorm
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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
A southbound BNSF stack train works uphill as it traverses the famous Tehachapi Loop at Walong, California. Three GE locomotives power the head end of the train while two more GEs in DP (distribut... (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)
VGN westbound near McCoy, Feb 1957. Bob Drake photo, photo collection of Tom Sink.
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)
This shot is rather unique because it has the last true-blue F40s (not NPCUs), and the entire HHP8 fleet in the same frame. All the way in the distance is the majority of the last AEM-7DC ... (more)
NKP 765 poses as C&O 2765 for the New River Excursion.
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit more)
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 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)
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)
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)
Y220 crosses the Ohio River Bridge on its way over to the LIRC at sundown.
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)
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)
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.
The symmetry of the coal loads are visible as this coal drag is about to enter the Harpers Ferry tunnel after crossing the Potomac.
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)
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.
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)
Taking over from an electric locomotive from Grand Central station, a NYC Niagara starts her run to Chicago.
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)
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)
First GG 1 lays over between runs at Meadows Yard
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)
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)
With days left before shutting down, the Rock warns of other perils to its employees.
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)
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)
High tide at Winslow Junction from the weekend storm that hit the east coast.
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.
crossing the Huson Bridge shows the immense size of this load hauled with the 36 axle Schnabel car
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)
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)
Remote Control Known as the RCP-C or “sled”, this former pulpwood flat car has been modified to act as a remote control platform. With an electrical cabinet on the B-end and multiple unit... (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)
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.
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)
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)
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
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)
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
One of my all time favorites, a photo that was worth smashing the rental car for.
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)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
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
Union Pacific 618 running along side the Provo resevoir , "Breath Taking"
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)
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)
Sunset on T1 2100.
Gone but not forgotten, this long string of Conrail boxcars rots away on the abandoned tracks at Rose yard.
Q381 with a rainbow lashup of Warbonnet and H2 B40-8W's heads over the High Falls in the Genesee River Gorge with downtown Rochester as a backdrop.
The last two CNW units on UP's roster sit in Belvidere waiting for their next train.
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)
Coal trains are mile-plus-long metal machines. Flood-loading coal silos are giant structures that tower over the surrounding landscape. Both of these human creations are utterly dwarfed by the m... (more)
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
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 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)
A very short train with a BIG load heading north. "Mammoet" specializes in moving heavy loads. I looked them up on www.mammoet.com.
Southern Rwy trains #154 and #83 meeting at High Point, NC in August 1972.
Here's a over head view..
An eastbound UP stack train holds the main at Shawmut while a manifest waits in the siding to follow it.
Early in the morning a heavy eastbound manifest rounds a corner at Cable Crossover with its power shooting exhaust skyward.
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)
Heading to Paradise to swap some cars.
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)
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)