BN "Cadillac" 6121 switches Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, MN in October of 1988 as a Soo Line freight passes overhead.
IRM is typically closed during the winter months, but from Thanksgiving towards Christmas, you can get in on the days they run their Happy Holiday Railway trains.
It has been nearly two years since the merger that created BNSF, but little has changed on the former Oregon Electric. A northbound train is just south of Harrisburg on the long approach to the Wi... (more)
An eastbound hot intermodal passes Northtown Yard at University Avenue. A cut of loaded NSPX (Northern States Power, now Xcel Energy) coal cars for delivery to the Riverside plant is on the adjac... (more)
Burlington Northern GE U30C No. 5828 leads am eastbound coal train past Hoffman Avenue below Dayton’s Bluff in St. Paul, Minnesota, on November 21, 1987. Former BN SD45 No. 6517, now Wisconsin Cen... (more)
BN 7853 approaches Palmer Lake, CO with an empty coal train in June of 1989.
Crossing the Chicago River
A pair of engines heads North with the empty Western Paving Rock train. The Flat Iron rock formations above Boulder are seen in the background.
Start the Morning Off Right: As the day starts, the extra rock train heads east towards Dresser following the passenger special. Looks like the track inspector has parked his Suburban here ... (more)
Get 'Em Ready: The station agent gets the train orders ready to hoop up to the crew on extra ballast train. Train orders were used to direct the movement of any non scheduled train, where t... (more)
Hoop 'Em Up!: There are some things in railroading that have been lost to time. Hooping train orders to crews is one. With nothing to date this shot, this could have been the late 70's, a c... (more)
A BN GP50 leads an ATSF B40-8W on L-CHI102 on the Chillicothe Sub.
Quaint Settings: Breaking the silence of a peaceful afternoon, a BN ballast train blasts through a rural crossing. Headed for another load of rock. Taken while off duty, wearing full PPE.
Heading West: At lunch time, the morning train crew brings the rock train around the wye, and into the siding, preparing to head west in the afternoon. Taken while off duty, wearing full PP... (more)
Getting Orders: Before departing, the crew get their orders "hooped up" from the station agent. Looks like this SD9 is getting worked today with a heavy load of rock. Taken while ... (more)