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 coal load descends the roller-coaster profile from its summit at Bellevue.
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)
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)
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)
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)
We're deep in the Doe River Gorge on a very cold fall day--along the right of way of the old East Tennessee & Western North Carolina narrow gauge (3-foot) main line. When "Tweetsie" made its last ... (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)
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)
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 Five years after the end of steam on British Railways, withdrawn locos still stretch into the far distance at Dai Woodham's scrapyard ...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)
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.
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)
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 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)
I was a teenager railfan on the loose at Altoona... PRR Class FF16.
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)
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)
Built in 1949, C&O no. 1309 a 2-6-6-2 class Steam locomotive sits on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Interchange track. The locomotive made a lengthy journey from Baltimore, MD, the engine fi... (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
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)
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)
An Amish farmer waits patiently whilst Strassburg 90 passes with an early morning passenger train.
Come Hell or high water, she wasn't gonna move.
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.
B&O E7A, E6B, E7A units arrive at the Jersey Central Elizabeth station with train no. 2, NATIONAL LIMITED, from St. Louis.
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.
A Santa Fe mine shuttle with GE U23C's 7512 and 7506 snakes around curves on the Santa Rita District near Hurley, New Mexico in May 1974. The train––loaded at a Kennecott open pit mine just around... (more)
The 2nd derailment of the 1st run test via the mountanious line of Tripolis.
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)
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)
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
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.
Trains no longer run along Tennessee Pass, but hikers enjoy the area along this section of the line near Red Cliff.
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)
Sunrise over West Colton sets an eerie scene as the fog has not yet burned off from the cool night before.
This dmu unit crossing the passage of Portes(doors), on the left the abandoned now old way.
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)
For the first time in many months, ex ATSF CF7 #2627 returns to service on the Clinton Terminal, hauling a cut of scrap gons into Clinton. This engine had been "deadlined" for months pri... (more)
UP Challenger X3941 rolls off the table at Cheyenne. For more color views from that day, click here>
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!
A West Colton to Roseville manifest holds the siding at Ansel to let a southbound monster manifest by with the moon shinning down.
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.
“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)
I think I hiked high enough to get this birds-eye view of an eastbound UP coal train alongside the Colorado River...
the results from a night-photo session in Meridian with the NS and KCS executive F unit sets.
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)
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)
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 2538 in the siding at Hawthorne, WI.
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)
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)
Erie 1068, Norfolk Southern's thirteenth heritage unit, rests outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit www.nscorp.commore)
Beach, swim, fan and...trains at Diakofto beach.This is Greece at the summer.
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)
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.
BNSF power on the last slab train over the W&LE massive Speers Trestle that sits above the Monongahela River next to Interstate 70
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)
A dmu unit on the way to Kozani, crossing one of the many steam electric powers of Ptolemaeda plantation.
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.
UP's SD70ace order begin Breakin Runs on the Goderich and Exeter RR
The car are not derailed....
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)
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)
Former Southern Pacific #1744 prepares to cross a road in the small town of Laveta, CO.
Eastbound loaded coal drag, downgrade
A damaged QCM unit sits atop a QTTX, arriving off train M37721 20 from Montreal
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.
UP units in storage stretches as far as the eye can see.
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
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.
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.
Dashing through the snow.......
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.
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.
Soo 2500A leads Erie Mining F9A 4211 through Duluth's lower downtown area en route back to Union Depot after a nice run to Two Harbors. The retired ore carrier William A. Irvin ( a former U.S. Ste... (more)
Bathed in 'Golden Hour' light, a Union Pacific inspection special emerges from Spanish Fork Canyon on July 26, 2014.
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.See more photos on my Flickr site: more)
I am not sure what the story with this one is, but it had a short and sorrowful life.
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)