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)
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)
This dmu unit crossing the passage of Portes(doors), on the left the abandoned now old way.
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.
Welcome Home! - The Alaska Railroad's last active steam locomotive, #557, has returned after a 46 1/2 year hiatus in the lower 48. #557 is a Baldwin Locomotive Works class S-160 2-8-0 Cons... (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
Derailment at Oconomowoc,WI eastbound train burned off a journal both mains gone. Crowd control seemed to be a problem back then. Note the hopper car across both mains in the distance. Because of ... (more)
This one is kinda neat.
Sunrise over West Colton sets an eerie scene as the fog has not yet burned off from the cool night before.
Even TGVs go to paradise
It is the end of the line for this first generation "Sud-Est" TGV (23000 series). The oldest TGV was built in 1978 and belongs to this series. Some TGV S... (more)
Sun rays filter through the trees after a late afternoon rain shower. I pass by this crossing a hundred or more times a year, but this time was special and I just had to stop. After firing off a f... (more)
I think I hiked high enough to get this birds-eye view of an eastbound UP coal train alongside the Colorado River...
Trains no longer run along Tennessee Pass, but hikers enjoy the area along this section of the line near Red Cliff.
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.
I was a teenager railfan on the loose at Altoona... PRR Class FF16.
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.
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)
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)
Wash out on the Sunbury Main
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!
the results from a night-photo session in Meridian with the NS and KCS executive F unit sets.
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)
A dmu unit on the way to Kozani, crossing one of the many steam electric powers of Ptolemaeda plantation.
B&O E7A, E6B, E7A units arrive at the Jersey Central Elizabeth station with train no. 2, NATIONAL LIMITED, from St. Louis.
CN repainted 102 into classic green and gold with the more modern CN logo. It is hard to get it leading as it is used for HEP (head-end-power for the passenger cars) and runs in the trailing posit... (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
Beach, swim, fan and...trains at Diakofto beach.This is Greece at the summer.
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)
UP's SD70ace order begin Breakin Runs on the Goderich and Exeter RR
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.
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)
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)
CB&Q #9911-A "Silver Pilot" built in 1940 by EMD charges East with it's articulated stainless steel Nebraska Zephyr consist. This amazing engine is the sole remaining operable E5 and is based in ... (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)
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)
After spending the night on the Bemidji Spur, the 2nd of nine windmill trains accelerates south out of Plummer to Glenwood Yard.
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 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)
Former Southern Pacific #1744 prepares to cross a road in the small town of Laveta, CO.
Union Pacific EMD SD70ACe No. 4141 sits in repose at UP’s Downing B. Jenks Shop at North Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 8, 2014. UP SD70M No. 5058 waits its turn in the shop a few tracks over. No. ... (more)
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
The car are not derailed....
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)
The 2 UP engines that were involved in the head-on collision of Metrolink train 111 and the UP LOF65 back on 9/12/08 are seen heading east to Colton.
UP units in storage stretches as far as the eye can see.
Eastbound loaded coal drag, downgrade
Dashing through the snow.......
Come Hell or high water, she wasn't gonna move.
A long BNSF train snakes through the grasslands above Marias Pass having just passed through East Glacier Park under the great blue skies of Montana.
Former Deutsche Reichsbahn 2-8-2T No 86 333 crosses the viaduct at Epfenhofen with the early morning empty stock train from Futzen to Zollhaus-Blumberg on the Wutachtal Bahn in Southern Germany.
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)
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)
A loaded ore train bound for Two Harbors derailed a number of its new cars on the west wye switch at Iron Junction, causing a major disruption to traffic at the busiest junction in northeastern Mi... (more)
The switch heaters work away on this snowy day as an empty CSX slab train slows to a stop at the EAS signals.
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.
“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)
The end of the line for triple-voltage Sud-Est TGVs:
These 2 engines belonged to the #110 Sud-Est trainset that was dedicated to "Lyria" Paris-Switzerland cross-border services. Being somehow... (more)
UP Challenger X3941 rolls off the table at Cheyenne. For more color views from that day, click here>
CP 8728 at Loretto, MN under a cloudy, moonlit night. This was the first trip into the US for the brand-new ES44AC at the head of the train. Nikon D50
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)
A damaged QCM unit sits atop a QTTX, arriving off train M37721 20 from Montreal
CSX Q375-08 goes through the worksite of Eagle Tunnel, which partially collapsed in January.
A SB BNSF freight heads to Texas across central Oklahoma. Big thanks to Bart Y. for helping make this shot possible with his aerial prowess.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
Firemen working the SP&S 700 Holiday Express.
A set of Amtrak AEM-7's, led by #919, slithers under the night sky leaving the City of Brotherly Love in it's wake.
What a sight! Two Soo Line SD60s together with the St. Paul skyline as the backdrop. This very short freight heads through Dayton's Bluff back to Pigs Eye Yard. Dayton's Bluff is a natural funnel ... (more)
Heavy sea 8 in north Atlantic, i am sorry , i make a mistake. Heavy sea at the port of Egio city. A dmu unit on the way to Patras crossing carefully the point.
BNSF's Kountry Job had a long train behind GP39M 2807 (rebuilt from BN GP-30 by M-K) met BNSF 9-44CW 5144 train Stockton, CA, to Denver.
The rear 10 or so cars derailed about a mile back and amazingly most rerailed themselves at this grade crossing.
Mountain railroading on the old C&O.
Well it has been a cake walk so far for the Jordan Spreader on the Bayard. Now it is time to dig in and plow thru a few decent snow drifts. Here the plow is working hard to push thru the drifts at... (more)
A Milwaukee Road XL Special rolls westward along rock faces high above the St. Joe River near Steel Bridge, ID.
It was a good day at Copper Creek
A well worn GP40-2 idles the night away at Penn Mary while steam from the National Gypsum plant creates an interesting backdrop.
Ball signal. As of 2012 the famous ball signal was still in place at Whitefield, NH, though the tracks have not seen any trains in many years. The tracks going left to right was Boston & Ma... (more)
Amtrak No. 5, the westbound California Zephyr, has just exited 294-foot Tunnel 39 and is now threading 63-foot Tunnel 40 in the heart of Little Gore Canyon between Azure and Radium, Colorado, on t... (more)
Industrial-strength hair dryer parked at Dupo
Workers ease a heavy component onto a 16-axle depressed center flat car at the Port of Duluth. The car is expected to a take a CP/DME routing to South Dakota this week as a special move.
All is quiet on this little Michigan farm as PM 1225 roars south with a mixed freight in the middle of the night. In reality, PM 1225 creeps into position for the real night photo session but I ma... (more)
Sunset is nearing as an eastbound ballast train negotiates the curves through the badlands at Sully Springs.