As the sun sets over the Marin County hills across San Pablo Bay, a late California Zephyr begins its final sprint west to Emeryville behind UP power borrowed at Truckee.
Four DJJX cars loaded with shedded steel rest on the ground after the rail rolled over. Looks like SCRF employees are going to have a long night! Canon EOS 50D
OmniTRAX switcher 1451 had been helping out at the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO. The switcher was being returned to Loveland, CO when the Longmont Turn derailed. The pileup behind the switcher is q... (more)
NKP 765 poses as C&O 2765 for the New River Excursion.
Nestled between the rising peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the tidal flats of the Turnagain Arm, The Spirit of Alaska leads a rare daylight move northward from Whittier to Anchorage. The... (more)
This mangled mess is all that is left of a semitrailer truck that crashed into a cut of tanks cars carrying oil used for making asphalt. The accident killed the truck driver and sent plumes of bl... (more)
The Lake State Railway quietly unveiled its new corporate scheme on December 5, when a former CITX SD40-2 that the company purchased recently was rolled out in the modernized lightning stripe imag... (more)
Santa Fe's hot eastbound "Super C" piggyback train pauses in Barstow, CA to set out a troublesome 5698. The consist: SD45-2s 5700 (Bicentennial), 5699, 5698 and 5702 (Bicentennial) and 15 cars.
Hot car: An eastbound Chicago and North Western freight going through Sussex, Wisconsin, on May 24, 1986, had a car of lumber on fire. They stopped and cut the car from both parts of the train, wh... (more)
Coal trains are mile-plus-long metal machines. Flood-loading coal silos are giant structures that tower over the surrounding landscape. Both of these human creations are utterly dwarfed by the m... (more)
One of my all time favorites, a photo that was worth smashing the rental car for.
Q381 with a rainbow lashup of Warbonnet and H2 B40-8W's heads over the High Falls in the Genesee River Gorge with downtown Rochester as a backdrop.
With days left before shutting down, the Rock warns of other perils to its employees.
An amazing light show over the Susquehanna River. I have another shot with a train streaking through it but the lightning wasn't nearly so interesting.
The Gibraltar Cliffs provide some of the most dramatic scenery on the Moffat Route with vertical views into South Boulder Canyon and west to the Continental Divide. An eastbound coal train complet... (more)
Heading to Paradise to swap some cars.
crossing the Huson Bridge shows the immense size of this load hauled with the 36 axle Schnabel car
In the woods of upstate New York remain the last active rails of the long abandoned New York, Ontario and Western. Emerging from the fog is the CSX local out of Fulton with two cars to be spotted ... (more)
GP9 8808 wades in Slocan Lake as it adjusts the barge slip by poling it. The train,Loco 1 car and caboose will eventually load onto the barge and travel 30 miles up Slocan Lake to Rosebery to serv... (more)
Union Pacific 618 running along side the Provo resevoir , "Breath Taking"
First GG 1 lays over between runs at Meadows Yard
The symmetry of the coal loads are visible as this coal drag is about to enter the Harpers Ferry tunnel after crossing the Potomac.
Anyone know what this is? Looks to be some kind of booster. This is car 12 on a 16 car manifest up the 3% track on Cajon, sure did catch my eye.
TVR 610 co-stars in this scene with a Model 'A' Ford for the new movie Heavens Fall.
Lots of flavor in this consist as all 5 units are different. Leading is CSX 551 (AC4400CW), CSX 5443 (ES44DC), CSX 692 (AC6000CW), CSX 7382 (C40-8W) and HLCX 6312 (SD40-2) heading northbound into... (more)
Taking over from an electric locomotive from Grand Central station, a NYC Niagara starts her run to Chicago.
An eastbound UP stack train holds the main at Shawmut while a manifest waits in the siding to follow it.
A very short train with a BIG load heading north. "Mammoet" specializes in moving heavy loads. I looked them up on www.mammoet.com.
Allegheny & West Virginia 777 and 767 (one of two sets of these) sit idle on the wye at Rayland, Ohio. These units are currently being used in the film "Unstoppable" staring Denzel Washington and ... (more)
Yes it did look like and sound like an airplane. At the time of this picture security on the Penn-Central was very lax on the right of way. The photographer in front of me is obviously in a danger... (more)
Man's Best Friend
There's nothing like sharing an afternoon of railfanning with your best friend, even if she's a little crazy (and I'm not talking about my wife). On this chilly but ... (more)
The last two CNW units on UP's roster sit in Belvidere waiting for their next train.
Russell-Cumberland daily manifest, CSX Q316 creeps north along the Christmas decorated Main Street of St. Marys, east on the former B&O Ohio River Subdivision to New Martinsville. It's 9:00 PM on ... (more)
Making their maiden voyage on the Lake State Railway's Huron Subdivision to Alpena, Michigan, the newly-arrived Metro-East Industries/ZTR Systems-constructed GP40-3/Road Slug set of LSRC 4303 and ... (more)
The 6:15 p.m. outbound Northstar departure rockets across the Mississippi River bridge on a rainy January night.
A shot taken while waiting for a north bound steam hauled charter but the unique lighting was too good an opportunity to miss as a Class 390 passed southbound
As darkness falls on Minneapolis, BNSF's Northtown yard is visible from above, with the tall buildings of downtown visible in the far distance. (Photographed with a Canon 6D from a helicopter ride... (more)
The wrecks of SS4-0043. This locomotive encountered an in-tunnel derailment in Gansu Province when the Wenchuan Earthquake happened on May 12, 2008. The rear locomotive section (SS4-0043A) and the... (more)
Early in the morning a heavy eastbound manifest rounds a corner at Cable Crossover with its power shooting exhaust skyward.
Yard Master takes time out to talk to a local and his boy who were watching the crew of Western Maryland 2-8-0 # 734 finish their switching. This action made Possible by Pete Lerro during a night... (more)
Southern Pacific DD35 9902 is one of three rostered by the SP. Originally 8402, it was later renumbered 9502 (in 1965) and then 9902 (in 1969). The DD35 was designed as a booster for GP35s, and ... (more)
Emerging out of thick morning fog, an eastbound BNSF freight rumbles across Noxon Bridge over the Clark Fork west of Noxon, Montana, just after sunrise on October 2, 2014.
Yep, it's still there. Approximately a year after being abandoned here, MMA 8583 and a short train are still in Ste-Sabine, Quebec. The reason for this is the poor condition of the t... (more)
Shinkansen 500 Series in the Station of Kyoto. The pilot in the cockpit had white gloves - amazing!
Selkirk, the way I remember it. Nostalgic variety of Big Blue (and some NS Black). A GE B23-7 #1970, a C30-7A #6571, and a few EMD's #6738 an SD50 and #6940 an SD38! Add a yard slug and two NS e... (more)
Three NS GE locomotives help hold back a 200 car loaded coal train as it descends the grade between Princeton, WV and the junction with the former N&W at Oakvale. The 100 foot tall trestle here ca... (more)
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)
Picked Switch (Derailment) at MP 96 - The first of a set of five (5) former Chicago Northwestern (CNW) commuter cars that were acquired by Chicago Metra (METX) and later sold as surplus lie... (more)
The Northbound Denali Star crosses Riley Creek on a nice steel trestle and arrives on time at the Denali Park station. This is one of the last runs of the daily train as staring next week this tra... (more)
The Bloomer Shippers Line Railroad used two Geeps to plow out the entire railroad Friday. Former Northern Pacific 7591, the Bloomer's first loco, gets some attention as trackworkers use scoop shov... (more)
Gone but not forgotten, this long string of Conrail boxcars rots away on the abandoned tracks at Rose yard.
The Death of a Boxcar! This car and the tanker in the background, were involved in the 10/17/2007 derailment at Steilacoom. Photo of the pile up - Railroad: BNSF RailwayLocomotive: n/aLocation: Tacoma, Washington, USALocomotive #: n/aTrain ID: n/aPhoto Date: November 19, 2007
The UP E units cross the Joso bridge into Washington with a railtour.
Here's a over head view..
A close up look of the ARMS barge, Anchorage Provider, being unloaded at Whittier. This barge not only hauls freight cars but also containers that are stacked on racks above the rail cars. If one ... (more)
As tree branches snap and rails creak IAIS 512 & 718 slowly make their way out of the south end of the EJ&E Yard with EJ&E 100 ton covered coil cars and 50' gons along the spur that will take them... (more)
With a rosy glow in the western sky, Union Pacific's Salt Lake to Los Angeles intermodal curves west through a superelevated curve just east of Erda, Utah. In the distance is Stansbury Island, the... (more)
The proud owner of the "Spirit of the Conrailer", Douglas Woodard, watches a westbound CSX train roll through Berea. This truck was formerly the "Spirit of the Conrail 7", and used to be in CSX YN... (more)
NS's first SD60E with the new NS-modified wide cab, built at Juniata Loco Shop
The mighty 'General' P36 0120 passes under a bridge at Maryina Rosha as a track maintenance gang watches.
This particular 4-8-4 was built in 1955 at Kolomna Locomotive Works and was retired in 1... (more)
A splash of color around the Spencer roundhouse.
UP 3985 makes good time up the Spine Line seen here in a zoom-out-pan just north of Castle Rock on her way to South St. Paul.
Early morning freight, northbound just out of Maldon.
The day was overcast as we traveled east on Route 66 on our way home from California. You can imagine how excited I was when an AC-9 caught and passed us while I watched through the right rear wi... (more)
Shatner on the Shore Line. Much of the filming for the 1979 ABC-TV movie 'Disaster on the Coastliner', set in California, actually took place in Southeastern Connecticut. Here, a disgruntled eng... (more)
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.
The ladies are lined up for a late afternoon shot...my goodness, it looks like 4418 "pooted"
In a view that the great O. Winston Link saw on a regular basis on the Abingdon Branch, N&W 382 passes through a snow bank as big as the engine as the engineer leans out the window checking the cl... (more)
Odd to see so many CP units in Sandpoints little UP yard linking the UP to the BNSF and MRL. But look at this picture. Do you notice anything very, very wrong? (Don't point out whats actual... (more)
This has been said to be the busiest rail junction in the world by some. Others claim that it isn't. During daytime hours I believe there is a train occupying these rails a greater amount of time ... (more)
On August 31, with an invite to ride along and explore a 6-mile stretch of trackage not reachable by roadways (as they were completely washed away), a hi-rail trip revealed some serious damage. N... (more)
What a work of art... Greetings from tropical Cass Lake! The other side of this car is equally as impressive. Click on the locomotive number field to see the other side of this car. more)
Southern Rwy trains #154 and #83 meeting at High Point, NC in August 1972.
Here's morning action at Terminal Tower as seen through the marine layer blanketing the L.A. basin after arrival of The Lark
On September 15, 2013, three BNSF coal loads wait their turn to head east at East Alliance as an empty coal train led by an EMD SD70ACe arrives. In the distance, the headlights of another westboun... (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)
We're deep into the PRR steam era from the Dziobko camera. Assuming the date on the slide is the date the photo was actually taken, it would seem to contradict the late Don Ball, Jr., in his book... (more)
If it weren't for those access stairs, one could amost believe that the Big Boy is performing helper duty for NYC 2933...
Classic Southern Pacific! SP F7A 6325 and F7B 8219 (both November 1950 graduates of the EMD La Grange, IL, factory) sit with a caboose at the station in Chatsworth, California, on the SP's Coast ... (more)
Jersey Central Lines 1071, Norfolk Southern's seventeenth heritage unit, poses outside the shop in Muncie. For more information, visit ... (more)
DITCHED, part 5: THE LIFT. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, a southbound New England Southern light engine struck a patch of ice and toppled a full 130 degrees off the tracks and d... (more)
The Lark approaching LAUPT.
Amtrak's final two heritage units, AMTK 184 and AMTK 66, lead train 30, the Capitol Limited east towards Washington on their first run on the point. All four heritage schemes have come through Cle... (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)
After two days with about one meter of fresh snow, a wonderful day breaks. Shortly after seven in the morning the first train from Poschiavo just has reached Alp Grüm on 2091 m above sea level. Th... (more)
On the evening of October 6, CP 114 derailed here on the CP while entering the CN Bala (directional running zone) spilling a few containers.
D&H PA's 18 & 19 northbound Adirondack on a cold, snowy day.