If you've ever wondered what happens to a loaded coal hopper when it is hit too hard during coupling...this is it.
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)
Vale mining locomotives are Brazil exports. The extra NS helper units added up front at CP Traff. Included in the lot are Vale initials (CVRD) 1265, 1266, 1267, 1268, 1269, 1270, 1271, 1272, 12... (more)
Friday night at the Fullerton, Calif. depot. A local punk band was playing a at the café and railfans were watching the track crew replace a section of rail next to the platform. So here's BNSF 54... (more)
On a stormy day UP 7631 passes under a double rainbow as it heads east into Palm Springs.
Inspired by a photo from David Honan and the "star wars" effect shows the classic C&O pole signal at Indian displaying a rather odd and rare "double approach" indication as a heavy snow falls from... (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)
Brand new engine set out in La Crosse. The headlight is on the nose and the number boards are missing. Anybody know the plan for this engine?
temp was about -5 degrees Farenheit
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.
Here JPBX 504 poses on Townsend Street in San Francisco, CA alongside the historic "Baker-Hamilton" building. This track is the Coach Lead, and is used to access storage & maintenance tracks.
I am not sure what the story with this one is, but it had a short and sorrowful life.
When I saw a whisp of smoke coming from the U28B's, I thought one was being fired up for service. Unfortunately it was the scrapper's torch ending the life of another U-Boat.
Head-on collision on single track mainline.
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)
All 20 heritage units, all coupled together, prepare for their journey to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. For more information, visit 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)
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)
B&O E7A, E6B, E7A units arrive at the Jersey Central Elizabeth station with train no. 2, NATIONAL LIMITED, from St. Louis.
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)
A BNSF stack train is briefly illuminated by a fleeting ray of sun as it dashes west through summer thunderstorms at Walapai, AZ east of Kingman on the Seligman Subdivision on July 15, 2006.
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)
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)
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.
The skytop lounge brings up the rear of the CP 2816 steam special as it backs out of Chicago Union Station.
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)
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)
Wash out on the Sunbury Main
A BNSF train lost its air brakes and turned into a runaway train that ended up in CP's Pig's Eye Yard.
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)
New GM70, EMD's SD70ACe Tier-2 emissions unit, was at the EMD Plant at LaGrange Illinois for more testing.
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.
1223 and 7002 double-head WDC Chapter NRHS trip, Mamiya 645 color negative
A trio of F-units beside a lineup of Baldwin motive power in the Escanaba & Lake Superior yard in Wells.
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)
Control stand area of the D&RGW Heritage locomotive.
VIA's stainless steel Chaleur consist crossing high above the beach at St. Therese amid Mother Nature's inventive Gaspe' weather at 11:29.
I was a teenager railfan on the loose at Altoona... PRR Class FF16.
UP Challenger X3941 rolls off the table at Cheyenne. For more color views from that day, click here>
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)
What you won't see in Trains Magazine in March of the Cumberland Maryland Locomotive Shops
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)
Amtrak 58 and 197 heading towards Union Station with the Washington Monument in the background
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
A quartet of Roy Hill General Electric Transportation System ES44AC6 locomotives - RHA 1001, 1003, 1012, and 1011, are joined by a BNSF ES44AC and brand new CN ES44AC 2904 on the GETS test track a... (more)
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)
The last thing a penny sees...
Southbound 123 train crosses the North Fork New River in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.
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)
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!
VIA #2 Split the Switch at Glen Yard just after leaving Vancouver VIA Rail Station. Spring '05
The WC 1569 side swiped a departing train.
CC20154 leads a full load of tank wagons, leaving the Bumiayu Station to Tegal Station.
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)
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)
At 5 pm, the rush hour is just starting and with it comes the ballet of suburban trains. In the Batignolles cut - a long hole in the 17th district of Paris -, two brand new Z 50000 trains (Bombard... (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
“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)
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)
Berkshire or Kanawha, the 2-8-4 is an impressive engine and this is reflected in it's original designation: Class A-1.
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.
A coal load descends the roller-coaster profile from its summit at Bellevue.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
An Amish farmer waits patiently whilst Strassburg 90 passes with an early morning passenger train.
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)
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)
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)
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)
SNIM (Mauritania) SD70ACs #CC-122 is the first of its kind produced early this year at Progress Rail in Muncie, IN. The SNIM unit now operates in the country of Mauritania in North Africa. You w... (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.
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.
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!
Many old switchers wait in line to be rebuilt or scrapped at Larry's Truck and Electric.