As the sun sets on a unseasonably warm February evening, Amtrak #11 glides over the Arroyo Hondo trestle as it journeys down the coast toward Santa Barbara.
On a gorgeous winter morning, the whistle of Amtrak's California Zephyr echos off the rugged Book Cliffs north of town. At right, a quad of UP EMD's (including D&RGW 5371) await service on the "Di... (more)
A Richard Beal photo:
While riding a fantrip behind the CN 6167, a stop in Stratford finds Richard shooting the deadline, here we see two of the same class of CN 4-8-4s, the 6200 unstreamlined ... (more)
A PP&L coal train must have had some problems...
Special delivery! The Wheeling brings one giant load of spools into Monessen on the Mat Branch. The bridge in the background crosses the Monongahela River, it took this train about one hour to g... (more)
Typical of the Central Andino, here is a double switchback. The engine stays coupled and pushes or retains its train backwards on the intermediate level. Thus this trai... (more)
After seven days of catastrophik woodenfires even this railcar did not escape from the flames. Greek tragody.
Engine on static display at the Museum of Transport in St. Louis County, MO
A mix freight and passenger train travels in the Somme Bay area (Baie de Somme), going back from Noyelles to St Valery in the evening.
The Napa Valley Lunch Train trundles back to Napa, passing a beautiful bunch of wine grapes at the Rutherford Grove Winery. Unfortunately for the wineries, but fortunate for me, the recent frost h... (more)
Otter Tail Valley 194 has been stripped for parts. I would think the trip to the scrapper is not far off.
NKP #765 rumbles across the Lehigh River in Weissport, PA late in the evening on a return trip from Pittston, PA to Allentown via Jim Thorpe. Sponsored by Norfolk Southern.
SP 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward 4294 was the last steam locomotive purchased by the SP, and the last of SP's unique Cab Forwards in existance. This is several years before the California State Railroad Mus... (more)
Although it was never officially on the CR roster, this old NYC unit was in the Altoona deadlines. The old unit has been shoved off the end of track, with the rear truck resting on the ground. Loo... (more)
An abandoned spur off the main once crossed the Toe River (perhaps to reach a mine?) near Kona. Now the second span of this through truss bridge has collapsed into the river.
Go the distance. This is my attempt to incorporate the granger roots of the C&NW into a photo made in 2006. In the process of making this photo, I discovered that the ground between the roa... (more)
ATSF 3751 joins with Amtrak 406 and a 1966 Chevrolet Sting Ray for a old-timer's day celebration at LAUS this morning. All I know about this set up is that the Dispatcher told the steamer, "You'll... (more)
New England Central GP38 3851 is moving damaged Amtrak P42DC #102 northbound toward Montpelier Jct., Vermont, past the Dog River Farm on Sunday, October 11. The Amtrak P42 had just been moved ont... (more)
BNSF 7539 leads a westbound grain train across Two Medicine Bridge. Fuji Provia 100F
The best looking coal car on the system is my guess.
P&W 2307 backs a couple cars away from the impact zone the following day after a semi truck slammed into a cut of cars in north west Portland. Sadly, the driver lost his life but fortunately the c... (more)
Izaak Walton Inn`s newest form of accomodation has been lifted into position and is being readied for it`s first guests.
A profile of Niagara #6014 during a midday station stop at Crestline. This was mostly a mail & express train, carrying passengers only as far as Galion. The interlocking tower is behind the loco... (more)
This is most likely PRR train #1077, the "Nellie Bly" which ran from New York to Atlantic City in 2 hrs and 45 min and would have received an engine change here from a GG1 to the K4s. For sure, t... (more)
An eastbound BNSF Q train passes over a beautiful waterfall east of Skykomish, WA just after passing over the Foss River Trestle.
Montana Rail Link F45 No. 391, on the point of MRL’s LM freight, glints off the still waters of the Missouri River in Lombard Canyon, Montana, on the afternoon of September 11, 1995. The train has... (more)
Leased ACL E7 A-B units pull upgrade with train 4, POCAHONTAS, at Blue Ridge.
Both westbound and eastbound California Zephyr trains typically meet on or near the Salt Flats during the midnight hour, but passengers on this 12-hour late train were treated to a daytime trip ac... (more)
In charge of priority freight to Hochelaga, CP 8791 East passes through the bush lining the clear and prestine waters of Lake Superior. 6700 feet back on his tailend is a robotized CP 8851.
BNSF 7462 is rolling out to it's train, while a mob of Pumpkins await their turn in the engine facility. Three Warbonnets lurk among the sea of orange. Railroad: BNSF RailwayLocomotive: GE ES44DCLocation: Tacoma, Washington, USALocomotive #: BNSF 7462Train ID: TACPASPhoto Date: July 07, 2009
On a bitterly cold early spring day Strasburg 90 (newly acquired from the Great Western) and High Iron Company 127 (ex-CPR 1278, later of Gettysburg Railroad boiler explosion infamy...thanks for c... (more)
After striking a over-sized truck at a crossing along US 301, Amtrak P080 of March 9th, is seen in the recovery phase while re-railing the P42 Engine 185. The Locomotive was just re-railed on the... (more)
Dawn at Omaha Shops: As the Nebraska sky brightens to signal another summer day, the work at Union Pacific’s Omaha Shops continues on. Thirty-eight locomotives are visible in this view, dominated ... (more)
Miss Shirley, scanner in hand, waves to the crew of NS 211 from her backyard near mp 23 on the NS B-line. Nikon D70.
In an attempt to open its line from winter snows, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic operated a triple-header rotary snow plow train on May 3, 1997. Three mikados are shoving Rotary OY as they near the deep... (more)
It looks like this engine and her sisters managed to catch fire somewhere.
CSX is testing two EMD demonstrators on Q573/Q574 between Cincinnati and Nashville. They are EMDX #1609 & #1610, There first run was on Q573 on Monday, Today they make there first run north out of... (more)
UP DDA40X CENTENNIAL 6936 in Freight Service - 1976. UP DDA40X 6936, UP SD40-2H "Fast Forty" 8012 and UP DDA40X 6923 westbound on priority TOFC. During the mid to late 1970s, two Centennial... (more)
A view from above at various PRR electrics in the rack. The Lackawanna main is under the wires on the far left.
The train is seen in the distance, it's true ... and maybe far away, rather see something black in the bottom of the canyon, looks like a black tattoo. But you can clearly see how this railroad sh... (more)
GoRail and Norfolk Southern announced the unveiling of its one-of-a-kind GoRail locomotive today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of GoRail, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to ed... (more)
Unlike the Santa Fe Texas-types, PRR's coal-burning 2-10-4's (PRR Class J1a) could fit on the table as their tenders were shorter. #6494 was assigned to the Columbus terminal for Sandusky coal se... (more)
Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6 No 1629 was built by the Lima Locomotive Company in 1944, one of 25 Alleghenies in the third order of these locomotives. These H-8 Class single-expansion articulateds had... (more)
Orient Bay was without a doubt the most scenic strech on the CN Kinghorn Sub, but as shown here; it see's its last sets of steel wheels rolling over the rails as the "Kinghorn Killer" threads more... (more)
On May 26th, 1934, the Pioneer Zephyr made its record-breaking non-stop dawn-to-dusk run from Denver to Chicago, passing under this signal bridge. This night, an eastbound coal train led by a pair... (more)
A Canadian National stack train treads through Black Canyon of the Thompson River west of Ashcroft, British Columbia, on a hot June 25, 2006. In the far distance on the other side of the river is ... (more)
Empty side dump cars from a CN (DMIR) limestone train sit just a few yards from the road I'm standing on, having derailed off the bridge (left) the night before. The falling snow just adds to the ... (more)
Houston we've had a problem here
A sulfuric acid leak under one of the tank cars stopped this train. A specialized crew came to the rescue. The photographer was kindly asked to sta... (more)
Engineman control desk of CN 2441
Train derailment in Esquel due to strong wind. We were the first to give assistance with forest wardens
CN #391 dropped 17 cars including 2 HazMat on Saturday morning. By the time we got there, the train had already been pulled away and Hulcher was hard at work.
The morning sun has finally cleared the mountaintops to the east illuminating fog rising off the still waters of Frog Pond at Trout Creek, Montana, on September 25, 2008. A westbound BNSF manifest... (more)
Westbound Pennsylvania Railroad F7A-B-A #9792 with 98 boxcars of merchandise near Altoona, PA. Note the coupler covers on the lead unit, and the Pennsy style roof top induction antenna on the ... (more)
Stood on the nose of a train waiting for a signal to depart westward. The crew got a great show while they waited.
Crusin' down the track at 79MPH.
Santa Fe 21C arrives in the early morning at Santa Fe Junction. See comments below for possible train ID..and thanks for the correction.
Not a good day on the NS W Line as train I8T (extra 28T) has derailed at Alston. 28T is the daily BMW train from their factory in Greer to Charleston for export. There are a few autoracks on the... (more)
The cab of the VRE MP36 are a bit different than the sister units MARC has. Click here to compare.
At approximately 4AM, the Chesapeake and Albermarle rock job was northbound with approximately 40 empties. It passed 2 signals and approached the open bascule draw span over the Intercoastal Water... (more)
Reading's eastbound Crusader makes a stop at Bound Brook. The Jersey Central freight crew has broken their train to allow passenger access.
One of earliest pictures I took - Challenger 3947 at an active coaling tower (notice guys on top of both boiler and tender) in either Sidney Neb, or Lodgepole NE, in NE Panhandle - in early fall o... (more)
Atacama railfan car?
This westbound manifest finally catches a green at the entrance to the Las Vegas valley at Apex.
Narrow gauge 0.60m steam loco, with ralfans, in Pelion mountain.
A young gal, impressed with the sound and sight of #3254, holds her camera out for a memory as a Canadian National Mikado makes it's way past the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Station. I ... (more)
The greatest effort required from a locomotive is when starting from a stop. If too much power is applied the turning force to the wheel will greatly exceed the opposing friction of the surface of... (more)
It was supposed to be a strike day on spanish railways and contractors think they can finish the job on tracks. Until a Talgo train arrive...
UP's DRGW Heritage unit on Pueblo to North Yard, Denver, CO, train met sb Denver RTD car 127 as commuter puffed on her cigarette
The Pride of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
CP 9021 leads grain empties out of the Hector dip near Stephen, BC on a crisp Spring day.
The sound of 12,300 struggling horsepower reverberates across the Canyon Ferry Lake Valley as BNSF 9357 west crawls upgrade at Bedford, MT.
The new generation of Observation car to replace the VIA Rail Dome Cars
A nasty derailment in downtown Oshawa as 27 cars out of this 111 car freight train derailed at Oshawa East including the trailing locomotives, thankfully no one was injured as CP supervisors asses... (more)
Running slightly behind schedule, Amtrak 24 leads the Westbound Capitol Limited through the early morning fog outside the tiny town of Wawaka, IN. 4 seconds separated this shot from being blocked ... (more)
The late afternoon sun casts a warn glow on this westbound through Afton Canyon as it crosses over the Mojave River.
On the left, the Nellie Bly pauses at Trenton, named after the globetrotting intrepid newswoman of the early 20th Century. On the right, possibly PRR #4666, a JG Brill OEG 350 Diesel-electric Do... (more)
Winchester & Western's unique slug sits at the company's New Jersey base in Bridgeton. The unit started life as an Alco RS11 on the Pennsylvania Railroad, then was converted to a slug by Conrail. ... (more)
The Pennsy heritage unit and F's greeted inbound and outbound passenger trains all day Friday awaiting placement for Saturday's "National Train Day" celebration. Casey Thomason photo, copyright N... (more)
The 644 stands by the 16-lead, ready to head down to Albany for its next assignment on the Portland & Western Railroad.
I'd forgotten how clean of a locomotive it was!
Heading for Cajon Summit
Long assigned to Wyoming/Colorado branchlines, UP 457 still sports its large snow plow pilot
14CRB 4-8-2 No. 1882 leads GEA Garratt No. 4023 past the home signals at Oudtshoorn. Below freezing weather and morning sun highlight the steam. Alan Crotty recently posted a shot of this train ... (more)
An overview of the CN yard and shops at Proctor, MN. A huge change from the days of the Missabe. Back in it's heyday it would have been all maroon and gold here but today there is only one true ... (more)
Welcome to the family! Central Maine & Quebec Railway has finished painting its ten 6-axle ex-Canadian Pacific Railway SD40-2F and released the final unit in a special Bangor & Aroostook heritage... (more)
8671 pulls a hopper train east while Hulcher Services clears an overnight derailment in Roanoke Yard.
The aftermath of the runaway crude oil train that derailed and exploded in the middle of the village, burning down 30 buildings and killing many on the 6th of July 2013. The blaze was so intense, ... (more)