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)
Toasters and hippos in storage as far as the eye can see. It was a pretty impressive sight.
VGN westbound near McCoy, Feb 1957. Bob Drake photo, photo collection of Tom Sink.
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)
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)
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)
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)
A splash of color around the Spencer roundhouse.
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.
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)
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)
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit more)
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)
With the lead unit missing a numberboard (note the duct tape in its place) and the middle unit doing it's best impression of a steam locomotive, this Union Pacific manifest winds its way west on t... (more)
NKP 765 poses as C&O 2765 for the New River Excursion.
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)
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)
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)
The day was overcast as we traveled east on Route 66 on our way home from California. You can imagine how excited I was when an AC-9 caught and passed us while I watched through the right rear wi... (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)
1996 sits ready to lead the "El Centro" eastbound on the Sunset Route as the last rays of the day paint the sky. Today's train features an all EMD consist, as does the 'hauler' next to it, and on ... (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)
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)
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)
The symmetry of the coal loads are visible as this coal drag is about to enter the Harpers Ferry tunnel after crossing the Potomac.
First GG 1 lays over between runs at Meadows Yard
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)
A UP intermodal from Brooklyn, Oregon climbs the grade at Allard horseshoe in the early morning hours of a spring day. Clouds above break, creating spotted shadows on the landscape.
High tide at Winslow Junction from the weekend storm that hit the east coast.
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)
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)
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.
crossing the Huson Bridge shows the immense size of this load hauled with the 36 axle Schnabel car
Taking over from an electric locomotive from Grand Central station, a NYC Niagara starts her run to Chicago.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
With days left before shutting down, the Rock warns of other perils to its employees.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
One of my all time favorites, a photo that was worth smashing the rental car for.
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)
Union Pacific 618 running along side the Provo resevoir , "Breath Taking"
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 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)
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.
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)
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)
A delight to the eyes emerges from the West Portal of State Line Tunnel at 02:03 in the form of CSXT 661 still wearing her as delivered paint scheme!
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)
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.
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)
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)
Heading to Paradise to swap some cars.
Y220 crosses the Ohio River Bridge on its way over to the LIRC at sundown.
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 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)
An eastbound UP stack train holds the main at Shawmut while a manifest waits in the siding to follow it.
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)
A very short train with a BIG load heading north. "Mammoet" specializes in moving heavy loads. I looked them up on www.mammoet.com.
The last two CNW units on UP's roster sit in Belvidere waiting for their next train.
TVR 610 co-stars in this scene with a Model 'A' Ford for the new movie Heavens Fall.
Early in the morning a heavy eastbound manifest rounds a corner at Cable Crossover with its power shooting exhaust skyward.
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)
Gone but not forgotten, this long string of Conrail boxcars rots away on the abandoned tracks at Rose yard.
The 6:15 p.m. outbound Northstar departure rockets across the Mississippi River bridge on a rainy January night.
Here's a over head view..
Shinkansen 500 Series in the Station of Kyoto. The pilot in the cockpit had white gloves - amazing!
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
Southern Rwy trains #154 and #83 meeting at High Point, NC in August 1972.
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)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
Sunset on T1 2100.
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)
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
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.
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)