Twenty years ago, Motive Power Industries in Boise, Idaho had ambitious plans to enter the locomotive market. On their maiden voyage from Boise to Southern Pacific rails in Ogden, MPI MK5000C unit... (more)
Southern Pacific's Skyline to Trona coal load arrives at UP's Provo Yard for interchange on Sept. 24, 1994. Meanwhile, a Union Pacific CDCMA coal train and a North Platte to Yermo manifest await d... (more)
A typical SP drag with a bunch of power slowly climbs to the top of Cajon Pass on the Palmdale Cut-off. This route into the LA Basin was built to route trains to and from the Sunset Route into Col... (more)
An SP SD7 (actually classed by SP as an SD7R, since it had an extensive rebuild at Sacramento Shops) waits for a signal at the east end of the yard at Roseville, CA.
Southern Pacific's Denver to Roper Manifest waits out a meet in the siding at Riverton on Aug. 26, 1994. The extended 123" nose SD40T-2 was built by EMD for the SP in May 1979 and retired from ser... (more)
A speed lettered SD45T-2 leads a 58 car Roseville to Alton & Southern (St. Louis) manifest through Utah County east of American Fork on Aug. 28, 1994.
Southern Pacific No. 2472 rests in the Santa Clara yard on a warm July night. The locomotive is in town to take part in the National Railway Historical Society convention based in nearby San Jose.... (more)
An MPI SD40M-2 and three EMD 'cinderblocks' lead a Eugene to Chicago Q-train east through Riverton on Aug. 23, 1994.
A Southern Pacific U-Boat rests at the shop of SP subsidiary Cotton Belt in Pine Bluff, Ark.
While thunderstorms pound the nearby Wasatch Mountains, a Southern Pacific Denver to Roper manifest departs American Fork siding on Aug. 14, 1994.
SP 9091 splits the lower quadrant semaphores as it switches the mill at Cottage Grove, OR. The train is northbound on the Siskiyou line heading toward Eugene Yard.
Southern Pacific's Denver to Oakland Forwarder rolls west through rural Riverton with 53 loads of beer and piggyback trailers on August 3, 1994. The shoreline of historic Lake Bonneville is visibl... (more)
Southern Pacific's Alton & Southern (St. Louis) to Roper manifest is minutes away from its destination, cruising west at 39th South in Murray with 84 cars on July 24, 1994.
Southern Pacific "Daylight" 4-8-4 No. 4449 is heading south from Portland, Ore., to Sacramento, Calif., for RailFair. For the descent down the mountains out of Black Butte, Calif., South... (more)
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