An hour before sunset, a pair of unusually clean tunnel motors powers a short westbound manifest on light rail and cinder ballast on the remote Modoc Line. Rattlesnake Butte looms ominously in th... (more)
A soot-stained power set moves back to pick up its train for the assault on the Santa Margarita mountains (in the background). These are the same locomotives shown subsequently crossing the Stenne... (more)
A seven-unit helper assists a manifest out of the Pacific Northwest as it attacks the stiff grade at Caliente.
With sunlight fading and a fierce wind blowing from the west, the loaded Oil Cans leave the Tehachapis behind as they drop down through a signal bridge just west of Mojave.
As a westbound pig train glides downhill on the main, 6823 East creeps up the siding toward the east switch.
Rebuilt at the railroad's Sacramento Shops, T-2 6873 leads the loaded Oil Cans up Track 2 through multiple reverse curves at Cable.
With the beautifully manicured fields of the Tejon Ranch at its center, a huge SP eastbound manifest fills the horseshoe at Allard, its head end just below us and its helper straight across the va... (more)
A westbound UP stack train crosses the mysterious Willcox Playa behind a venerable ex-SP T-2.
A huge 400 train heads south near a location that was once known as Fulton on the DT&I. The train is about 7 miles south of the Ohio-Michigan border on the "Malinta Cut-Off," a portion of the rai... (more)
The Modoc line in northeastern California was probably the loneliest and most remote line in the SP system, especially in the winter. In the late afternoon a northbound train patiently sits in th... (more)
Two of five remaining DMIR tunnel motors head up this empty ore train.
The Galesburg to East Peoria intermodal train is almost home behind a couple of ex-SP tunnel motors.
A pair of SP SDs pass through Lisle on a re-routed train.
An SP track inspector gives the Oil Cans a roll-by on a beautiful spring day at Woodford.
C&NW coal chute at Dekalb Illinois just before sunrise.