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Photo ID: 262068

A freight climbs the far mountain side having left Tolar Grande upon the arrival of our very late passenger train. This scene is at about 14,000 feet above sea level on the northern trans-Andino ... (more)

Railroad: Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Tolar Grande, Argentina
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: John West

Added: Dec 01, 2008

Views: 5,445
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Photo ID: 262066

This might look like a rube goldberg, but in fact it is a production model of a McGiffert log loader, of which the McCloud Lumber Company had several. The McCloud's new Burney extention had just ... (more)

Railroad: McCloud River Railroad
Locomotive: None
Location: Burney, California, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1958


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By: John West

Added: Dec 01, 2008

Views: 5,419
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Photo ID: 261343

NN 93 approaches the end of track at the concentrator at Riepetown.

Railroad: Nevada Northern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Ely, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: NN 93
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 2005


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By: John West

Added: Nov 25, 2008

Views: 2,194
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Favorited: 12

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Photo ID: 261342

The most remarkable thing about this photograph is that it was taken only two weeks ago. The last "heritage" Budd stainless steel dome equipped "streamliner" approaches Capreol during the final a... (more)

Railroad: VIA Rail
Locomotive: EMD F40PH
Location: Capreol, Ontario, Canada
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: VIA 2
Photo Date: November 12, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Nov 25, 2008

Views: 4,410
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Favorited: 22

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Photo ID: 259068

Since this picture was taken the Jiayang Coal Railway has become something of a tourist attraction. But it remains a "real" railroad hauling coal, bricks, not to mention local people and their liv... (more)

Railroad: Jiayang Coal Railway
Locomotive: Steam 0-8-0
Location: Qianwei, China
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 2002


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By: John West

Added: Nov 06, 2008

Views: 2,669
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Favorited: 6

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Photo ID: 258676

The RhB Bernina Pass line runs through some surprisingly remote and lonely country. A one car train pauses to enter the siding at Ospizio Bernina on a gloriously clear winter day.

Railroad: RHB- Rhätische Bahn
Locomotive: Unknown
Location: Ospizio Bernina, Switzerland
Locomotive #: RhB 52
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 1996


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By: John West

Added: Nov 03, 2008

Views: 3,181
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Photo ID: 257837

The 488 with a Cumbres turn really smokes it up as it climbs the final 4 percent around Windy Point to the pass. As was normal practice, a helper is cut in ahead of the caboose in the distance. ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 488
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1964


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By: John West

Added: Oct 29, 2008

Views: 4,207
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Photo ID: 257681

The ex-SP Mina Branch, which the UP still calls the Mina sub even though it no longer goes anywhere near Mina, is for the most part a lonely and desolate operation. The south end of the line is n... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Silver Springs, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: UP 1453
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 23, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Oct 28, 2008

Views: 2,883
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Photo ID: 257676

This image is from Pete Lerro's great 261 charter on the Twin Cities & Western with this perfectly matched MILW consist. I like this picture but the smoke is all wrong. There was a 10 mph track r... (more)

Railroad: Milwaukee Road
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Cologne, Minnesota, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 261
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 09, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Oct 28, 2008

Views: 3,338
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Favorited: 21

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Photo ID: 253441

As late as 1980 steam worked on at least two sugar cane plantations on Guatemala's Pacific slope. I missed the shay, but here is Palo Gordo No. 2 switches empties in the late afternoon under a gi... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: Steam 0-6-0
Location: Mazatenango, Guatemala
Locomotive #: 2
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November, 1980


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By: John West

Added: Oct 04, 2008

Views: 3,651
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Photo ID: 253171

Dropping back 48 years from my last post, here is another one of those grainy faded Anscochromes that has been reasonably resurrected by Photoshop. No. 3 is doing intra plant switching at the mil... (more)

Railroad: West Side Lumber Company
Locomotive: Steam Heisler
Location: Tuolumne, California, USA
Locomotive #: WSL 3
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1960


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By: John West

Added: Oct 02, 2008

Views: 7,616
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Favorited: 32

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Photo ID: 252414

It's often tough to get good pix while on a family vacation, but the Izaak Walton Inn perhaps offers an exception. Here between Red Bus tours and lake boat rides I found time for a morning trip o... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Essex, Montana, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 88
Train ID: AMTK 8
Photo Date: September 11, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Sep 26, 2008

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Favorited: 250

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Photo ID: 246409

It is shortly before sunset as a California Northern drag from Willits approaches the Brazos bridge over the Napa River and the end of a long day. This section of line is former SP, but beyond Sc... (more)

Railroad: California Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP15
Location: Napa, California, USA
Locomotive #: CFNR 102
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 1994


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By: John West

Added: Aug 12, 2008

Views: 2,393
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Photo ID: 245897

Former RGS Goose 5, now owned and restored to operation by the Gallooping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, Colorado heads downhill from Cumbres summit on the C&TS. The early C&TS crews called ... (more)

Railroad: Rio Grande Southern
Locomotive: Gallooping Goose
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: RGS Motor 5
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 07, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Aug 08, 2008

Views: 3,769
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Photo ID: 243308

Last shot of the day. This was the DRHS/C&TS moonlight special from Antonito to Osier and return. We left a bit late and by the time we got to Big Horn the light was fading quickly. But what li... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 18, 2008


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By: John West

Added: Jul 20, 2008

Views: 3,464
Comments: 2

Favorited: 14

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