Control stand area of the D&RGW Heritage locomotive.
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)
Sailing across the causeway with a westbound salad shooter. The modern causeway was completed in 1959 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The route now carries Union Pacific trains across the Great ... (more)
What cost $8.5 Million, is brand new, and can do inspections at 70 MPH? Apparently this thing. This is UP's newest (1 of only 2) inspection car, and it is the most advanced on the rails today. Thi... (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)
Southern Pacific 4449 and Union Pacific 8444 race each other up Cajon Pass at tunnel #1. We could see SP 4449 coming through the cut and were surprised when UP 8444 came out of the tunnel at the s... (more)
Amtrak 58 and 197 heading towards Union Station with the Washington Monument in the background
VIA's stainless steel Chaleur consist crossing high above the beach at St. Therese amid Mother Nature's inventive Gaspe' weather at 11:29.
On a fine autumn day in 1987, D&RGW train 665 crosses the Payson trestle with a trainload of Keigley dolomite for Geneva Steel of Utah. The wood pile bridge crosses both a local creek and Union Pa... (more)
Centennials 6936 and 6900 are paired together one last time for the Kansas City, MO to Council Bluffs, IA portion of the Chairman's Inspection Special. 6900 is destined for display in Kenefick Pa... (more)
A VERY rare find. ORIGINAL blue paint Chessie/CO caboose (With For Progress logo) is seen at the end of this local switch/yard operations train. Needless to say, I was excited and found myself ... (more)
Bathed in 'Golden Hour' light, a Union Pacific inspection special emerges from Spanish Fork Canyon on July 26, 2014.
Come Hell or high water, she wasn't gonna move.
The last thing a penny sees...
Milwaukee Road 261 very slowly and under the the watchful eye of the crew backs up after it spread the rails on a very tight piece of curved track. The mainline belonged to the Wisconsin Central a... (more)
What you won't see in Trains Magazine in March of the Cumberland Maryland Locomotive Shops
One of the new kids on the block idles on Jasper's shop track. CN C40-8 2123 was set off by Q112 and would later head back west towards Vancouver on power troubled M309.
A failure to communicate! 841, three more AC 44's and eighty empty hoppers are shocked to find the county digging under the ballast to place a water line! The CSX engineer called the track foreman... (more)
A eastbound train of Bakken crude oil rounds one of the curves and disappears in the fog.
A full house in the theater car Sandford Fleming as a CN inspection train rolls south on the former DM&IR. The train operated from Winnipeg to Superior.
The Mark Twain Zephyr is on the move again, but not on it's own power, after many years of being stored at the Joliet arsenal it was moved to the Relco Yard in Minooka, IL. Now Relco is moving to ... (more)
Unique rail equipment from around New England is beginning the trek to White River Junction, Vermont's 22nd Annual Glory Days of the Railroad Festival, set for this weekend, September 12-14. Whil... (more)
Great Northern Railway passenger power lays over at the roundhouse next to St. Paul Union Depot in the early 1960s. The F3As and E7As pictured here were used on the GN's premier trains, including ... (more)
The WC 1569 side swiped a departing train.
VIA #2 Split the Switch at Glen Yard just after leaving Vancouver VIA Rail Station. Spring '05
The grade has lightened up a bit as these two pusher locomotives coast in a light throttle as the southbound it is assisting rolls through the dip at Toms Bottom. The train has just completed a 7 ... (more)
B&O E7A, E6B, E7A units arrive at the Jersey Central Elizabeth station with train no. 2, NATIONAL LIMITED, from St. Louis.
I was a teenager railfan on the loose at Altoona... PRR Class FF16.
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)
It's raining cats and dogs, it's pitch black outside; time to watch a movie with the girlfriend/wife... NOT! With the aid of Ziploc bags over the flashes, here is MMA #1 flying by at 30 mph toward... (more)
A coal load descends the roller-coaster profile from its summit at Bellevue.
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and 2-8-2 #4501 simmers side by side in the sunset at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Soule Shops in Chattanooga, TN, the evening prior to TVRM's "Railfest". Pho... (more)
A location I have wanted to take for a long time the opportunity came on 10 July 2010 with the running of the Heart of Wales charter. The scene captures industrial dereliction with the Lightship w... (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)
HRRC 3600 rolls north LHF for Pittsfield passing a frozen over portion of the Housatonic River. Heavy snow still clings to many of the trees in the Berkshires from a storm the previous day.
As I took this image of ths massive oil tranker next to a UP train, I thought to my self, boy a train has never looked so small as it does right now!
Berkshire or Kanawha, the 2-8-4 is an impressive engine and this is reflected in it's original designation: Class A-1.
Well it is official, the Iowa Northern now has their railroad back in one piece. Here is the 1st revenue train across the rebuilt bridge. This line has been out of service since the floods in June... (more)
On Sunday 5 October 2014 at 1:04 pm, a north bound Union Pacific train struck a semi at about 45 mph that had been high centered on the crossing for approximately 2 minutes. The truck was carrying... (more)
BR Britannia Pacific No 70013 Oliver Cromwell with a return Cathedrals Express to Lonodon Waterloo passing through a series of bridges and tunnels alongside Sidney Gardens, Bath
Just as the moon sets behind the mountains at Los Pinos, the Milky Way emerges in the dark night sky to create a scene I could never capture on the east coast. I have been wanting to capture this ... (more)
A herd of horses gathers in the field below as the distinctive sound of a G Class echoes off the hills of the Border Ranges while G516/G511/CLP4 power south through Glenapp with QRNational Intermo... (more)
Testing a new track
This track segment was built on a concrete slab. There are no ties, the track is directly attached to the concrete bed.
The red bud is blooming in this portrait of a northbound NRHS special crossing the former Clinchfield Railroad Copper Creek Viaduct. The propulsion chores are handled today by the "Final Four... (more)
UP Challenger X3941 rolls off the table at Cheyenne. For more color views from that day, click here>
It's 6:18 am in the Hawks Nest Gorge as westbound coal empties work their way through Ansted and points west during a beautiful morning glow.
UP 6900 (retired) is spotted on temporary track East of the Amtrak Station. Within a couple hours, crews were already on location be begin lifting the locomotive for street movement in a few week... (more)
A smokey night on the EBT. With a little creativity one can imagine that #15 is bringing a passenger train back from Mount Union as #17 waits patiently in the yard with her merchand... (more)
An Amish farmer waits patiently whilst Strassburg 90 passes with an early morning passenger train.
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
On a good day for the block operator - in this case Jim Largent - everything comes together and the conductor or engineer grab their Form D movement authority on the fly. Just past the moment of ... (more)
After a fun chase from Whittier (two-thirds of which was in the rain - but who cares!) we grab our final shot of the morning. Looking down from the Old Seward Hwy overpass the full length of the ... (more)
The 2nd derailment of the 1st run test via the mountanious line of Tripolis.
As a teenager not yet old enough to drive, I needed to bum rides to railfan. One Sunday in early 1970, my dad (and dog) and I headed out. Here a Santa Fe San Diegan blasts through La Mira... (more)
In a wide-angle perspective, VIA 6414 La Poule aux Oeufs d"Or also known as "The Turd" by local known railfans, rolls through 1 of less than 30 double-slip switches on VIA's daily train number 85.
“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)
A helper train led by A9106 approaching the point of the derailed dmu unit.The pair of Alcos in the back(A9104-A9107) derailed too.
I am not sure what the story with this one is, but it had a short and sorrowful life.
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)
CN 5749 leads a westbound train at Cisco, BC
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)
Sunrise over West Colton sets an eerie scene as the fog has not yet burned off from the cool night before.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
A local mutt at rural Hagans, Virginia howls in protest as a CSX empty unit coal train blows for the crossing at the top of the switchback.
This dmu unit crossing the passage of Portes(doors), on the left the abandoned now old way.
Many old switchers wait in line to be rebuilt or scrapped at Larry's Truck and Electric.
Not only was this the Santa train, its engineer finished a distinquished career in high style, a tradition we should pay more mind to. Way to go!
Trains no longer run along Tennessee Pass, but hikers enjoy the area along this section of the line near Red Cliff.
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)
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)
This is another unidentified oldie from my collection. The scene is almost certainly L&N’s eight-stall roundhouse (with 75-foot turntable) at Pensacola, FL. Such a calamity pictured here was actua... (more)
After spending the night on the Bemidji Spur, the 2nd of nine windmill trains accelerates south out of Plummer to Glenwood Yard.
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)
the results from a night-photo session in Meridian with the NS and KCS executive F unit sets.
I think I hiked high enough to get this birds-eye view of an eastbound UP coal train alongside the Colorado River...
I had thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and there was just time enough to take a parting shot of 'Darfield No.1' manfully struggling towards the line summit. Tak... (more)
As we rolled towards Banks, we ran into a severe fog bank, while trasveling over the 1100-foot long wooden trestle at Rockton. We went quite slow, as we had some concern wether or not the bridge ... (more)
CN 2538 in the siding at Hawthorne, WI.
Beach, swim, fan and...trains at Diakofto beach.This is Greece at the summer.
A damaged QCM unit sits atop a QTTX, arriving off train M37721 20 from Montreal
CB&Q #9911-A E5(A) "Silver Pilot" built in 1940 by EMD charges East with it's articulated stainless steel "Train of the Goddesses" consist. Better known as "the Nebraska Zephyr. This amazing eng... (more)
BNSF power on the last slab train over the W&LE massive Speers Trestle that sits above the Monongahela River next to Interstate 70
UP units in storage stretches as far as the eye can see.
The CDTX2012 was leading San Joaquin #715 North out of
Bakersfield on July 19, 2007 when it hit an (empty)
gas tanker truck at a grade crossing in Shafter, CA
plugged from full 79mph trackspeed... (more)
Clear as mud - one of a handful of surviving unpatched or unrepainted Southern Pacific locomotives rests next to a mud puddle in the Hoffman Avenue yard in St. Paul.
The car are not derailed....