This one is kinda neat.
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.
Come Hell or high water, she wasn't gonna move.
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)
All morning I had been wondering why there was no traffic in the Tehachapis. This was what I found in Bakersfield. I don't know any details, but I figured since there were freight car trucks in f... (more)
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 skytop lounge brings up the rear of the CP 2816 steam special as it backs out of Chicago Union Station.
Wash out on the Sunbury Main
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit more)
APA 81 and 5 other Alcos leads a manifest, along with an embedded cut of blue coal hoppers from the Blue Looper coal train, over the top of the hill at Milepost 30. From here it is downhill to Sno... (more)
C&O NW2 No. 5068 was going about the business of loading C&O car ferry "City of Midland 41" at Ludington, MI June 16, 1981. I remember being amazed at just how much the ship would lean to one sid... (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)
New GM70, EMD's SD70ACe Tier-2 emissions unit, was at the EMD Plant at LaGrange Illinois for more testing.
A BNSF train lost its air brakes and turned into a runaway train that ended up in CP's Pig's Eye Yard.
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)
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)
A trio of F-units beside a lineup of Baldwin motive power in the Escanaba & Lake Superior yard in Wells.
1223 and 7002 double-head WDC Chapter NRHS trip, Mamiya 645 color negative
The Mississippi River seems to overtake this yard almost every spring, forcing its evacuation. Note the hopper cars full of ballast holding down the tracks to keep them from rising up and "floatin... (more)
B&O E7A, E6B, E7A units arrive at the Jersey Central Elizabeth station with train no. 2, NATIONAL LIMITED, from St. Louis.
Control stand area of the D&RGW Heritage locomotive.
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)
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.
VIA's stainless steel Chaleur consist crossing high above the beach at St. Therese amid Mother Nature's inventive Gaspe' weather at 11:29.
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.
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)
I was a teenager railfan on the loose at Altoona... PRR Class FF16.
Amtrak 58 and 197 heading towards Union Station with the Washington Monument in the background
What you won't see in Trains Magazine in March of the Cumberland Maryland Locomotive Shops
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)
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)
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)
I am not sure what the story with this one is, but it had a short and sorrowful life.
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)
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)
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)
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)
UP Challenger X3941 rolls off the table at Cheyenne. For more color views from that day, click here>
The last thing a penny sees...
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)
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)
VIA #2 Split the Switch at Glen Yard just after leaving Vancouver VIA Rail Station. Spring '05
Happy Birthday, USA! 237 years ago, the United States of America declared its independence. Norfolk Southern is honored to recognize the service of our country's military members, past and prese... (more)
The WC 1569 side swiped a departing train.
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
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)
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.
A coal load descends the roller-coaster profile from its summit at Bellevue.
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
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.
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)
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 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)
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)
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
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)
An Amish farmer waits patiently whilst Strassburg 90 passes with an early morning passenger train.
After meeting an Eastbound coil train, Westbound coke accelerates toward the diamond at XN (or RO if you're a B&O fan) tower on the former Nickel Plate racetrack in Leipsic.
“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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
Many old switchers wait in line to be rebuilt or scrapped at Larry's Truck and Electric.
The 2nd derailment of the 1st run test via the mountanious line of Tripolis.
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!
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.
CN 5749 leads a westbound train at Cisco, BC
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)
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)
Sunrise over West Colton sets an eerie scene as the fog has not yet burned off from the cool night before.
In the shark tank at St. Clair Ave. enginehouse, waiting for their next assignment, is PRR BF15-class #9581 and sister #9588. The PRR St. Clair Ave. Roundhouse is behind the 20th St. Shops. East... (more)
This dmu unit crossing the passage of Portes(doors), on the left the abandoned now old way.
I just happened to be in the area when I heard the Royal Canadian Pacific was going out for a quick trip to Lake Louise from Calgary. Catching this train is proving to be difficult this year due t... (more)
After spending the night on the Bemidji Spur, the 2nd of nine windmill trains accelerates south out of Plummer to Glenwood Yard.
Trains no longer run along Tennessee Pass, but hikers enjoy the area along this section of the line near Red Cliff.
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)
When train 1636 from Tirano to St.Moritz, pulled by ABe 4/4 # 56 and 55, was entering Alp Grüm station through the panorama curve of more then 180 degrees, the snow blower X rot mt # 95404 with lo... (more)
Rio Grande and Southern Pacific ordered six 4000 HP diesel-hydraulic prototype units from Krauss-Maffei of Germany. Three Rio Grande #4001-4003 and three SP #9000-9002. Rio Grande kept them for ... (more)
Southbound 123 train crosses the North Fork New River in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
An eastbound BNSF freight crosses Noxon Bridge west of Noxon, Montana, just after sunrise on October 2, 2014. Fog is quickly burning off over the Clark Fork this cool morning on Montana Rail Link’... (more)