What do you do when your employer sends everyone home in the middle of a snowstorm? . . . you go out in it! On the snowy afternoon of January 25, 1990, a Soo Line westbound dashes through the snow... (more)
Moments after being righted from the ditch, sidebooms lift SCAX 645 back onto the tracks.
Heading eastbound along the sunrise-lit shores of Wapta Lake and dwarfed by Mt. Stephen's 11K' bulk, second 110 grinds upgrade through the sag along Wapta's shore. This is the former site of a wye... (more)
Metrolink train 608, en-route to Oceanside, prepares to stop at Fullerton, CA.
"The Snake" making it's way down Cuesta Pass with the head end approaching Stenner Creek Trestle, while the helpers are still seen above in the horseshoe curve.
VIA 6437, 6446, 6440, 6405 and 6448 make up the most impressive VIA train I have ever seen.
A temporary repair of a broken knuckle after a derail. Engine TPW 4054 moved 4 damaged cars from Macky IN to Oakland City at a blistering speed of 5 mph.
EMDX SD70ACe was part of the CATERPILLAR MUSEUM Grand Opening ceremonies on the morning of October 20, 2012. The Yellow/ Black/ Silver/ Gray SD70ACe was also on display in the CATERPILLAR section... (more)
Empties returning to the mine
New cab arrangement for EMD's latest model, the SD70ACe on CSXT unit. Console back on left with computer screen above mini-desk. Cab seats do not recline.
The December '13' date was certainly not lucky for the Thursday morning arrival of New England Central local train 601 into the White River Junction yard. The NECR GP38 3857 picked the switch fro... (more)
This cemetary contains Parisian commuter trains belonging to two series: Z 5300 (1.5KV DC) and Z 6100 (25KV 50Hz). They wait there before going to a scrapper.
Alot going on here... A CSX freight departs Rice yard with a LTEX SD40 in the lashup, as a quartet of old EMD's collect rust, all while the 9505 keeps an eye on two of its decapitated GE cousins ... (more)
SP painted SD45 7399 and SD40 7342 in this "popsicle" scheme variation to serve as helpers for 4449, shown here on the "Louisiana World's Fair Daylight" trip in 1984. Kodachrome 64, Minolta X-700... (more)
Leased RDG steam on the Pennsy sits in the hole at Williamsport. Note the plume of smoke of an approaching train or possibly an engine working the Newberry Yard, seen above the car. All this is ... (more)
A week after a derailment at CP 7245, a pile of axels and trucks stands steady in the desert winds. If you look behind the "CAT" on the right hand side, you can see one of the autoracks that derai... (more)
There is a narrow window of oportunity for a shot like this. This scene embraces both history and the future (possibly). The future is Tacoma Rail's hill job, powered by former EMD SD70ACe-P4s 1... (more)
The now regular weeknight Bellows Falls, Vermont, to East Deerfield, Massachusetts train BFED for Pan Am Railways is seen exiting the Bellows Falls tunnel with MEC GP40 350 (a unit equipped with 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)
BNSF’s M-PVODEN (Provo, Utah to Denver manifest) curves around the hopper car windbreak at Big 10 Curve east of Clay, Colorado, on October 20, 2012. The city of Denver is 16 miles (“as the crow fl... (more)
Here's a somber moment in time for fans of the Southern Pacific and the Utah Railway Company . . . 11 EMD SD45s and 4 EMD F45s are being scrapped at the Utah Railway yard in Martin. Between 1985-1... (more)
Smoothly Nevada Northern 93 rolls into the final parking position in the East Ely shed. One of the classics scenes to be had there. However, this scene was not staged, that's how it's done every t... (more)
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
Flames fully engulf the somewhat famed former Southern Pacific Sherwood Trestle now owned by the Portland Western Railroad. On Aug 10 at around 4pm the bridge caught fire fully engulfing the brid... (more)
Santa Fe’s articulated doodlebug M190 and one coach were running 75 mph when they zipped by the Chisum, N.M. station sign. Train 25 operated between Clovis and Carlsbad and informally was called... (more)
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)
Due to a heavy 2011 winter rains, the Feather River Canyon had some nice spring water falls this year. Here, a UP GE speeds west with a rerouted stack train through the Honeymoon Tunnels with a im... (more)
Amid the spectacular Book Cliff mountains of Utah's Green River Desert, Rio Grande Heritage SD70ACe 1989 heads west with a 67 car MNYPV-08.
Now that it's history, I thought I'd post another angle of the partially collapsed Toe River Bridge showing what once would have passed for ties but have now been reduced to a lot of spongy sawdus... (more)
Restored N&W Class A 1218 is panned at Ada, WV on the return leg of a Roanoke to Bluefield r/t in the rain. This was the engine's first public excursion after rebuilding. Sadly, she's stuffed and ... (more)
A forgotten piece of Heritage sits along with a former RF&P E8A....
A few minutes before the sunset, the last ic on the way to Athens moving along Platanos coast.The waters are not very deep at this point so i decide to take this shot from the part of the sea.
While turning the engine, much of the vapor in the lower part of the image is coming from the turntable's motor.
It's all-L&N at the tail end of this northbound freight, with a scale test car and home-road boxcar tucked just ahead of the bright red cab.
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)
During the final months of testing of the Advanced Passenger Train, a set is seen heading south descending from Shap
Southern Pacific U50 9951 takes a spin on the Taylor Yard turntable.
An old one MAN dmu unit meets a new one MAN 2000 at the left.
Three Burlington Northern EMD SD70MACs haul a loaded BNSF Powder River Basin coal train past milepost 268 west of Alps, New Mexico, on February 27, 1999. This location is on BNSF’s Twin Mountain S... (more)
The once mighty Reading Railroad... In 1893 the Reading Company, then known as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, built a large terminal in the heart of Philadelphia to better compet... (more)
The shop switch, 0-6-0 #4466, makes a move with a gas-turbine on the table. 4466 was one of 30 such engines that arrived on UP property in 1920 (source: Utahrails.net)
Alco A9108 pulls some old coaches and a dmu unit Merchedes on the way to the yard of Korinthos station. The time to scrap is coming ;
Perhaps the most unusual speeder of all time! This is a live steam speeder! A 4-6-2(?) propane-fired live steam loco mounted on the speeder frame drives the standard gauge axles via a chain drive.... (more)
A view from the end cab of a dmu unit.
A dmu unit at the coast line of Chalkida bay. This day was the last one of work. The line closed for refresh and electrification.
Soon after sunrise, the crew of Amtrak's California Zephyr perform a running air test at Soldier Summit prior to a 25 mile descent (between 1.0-2.3%) eastward to Helper, Utah. This is my 600th pho... (more)
Big Boy 4017 is being looked over by two enthusiastic fans at the National Railroad Museum.
CLICK HERE to see the same train a few seconds earlier hitting snow banks on Rail-Videos.net. AMTK 106 wa... (more)
Descending on the old south track in Cajon Pass, the Rio Grande heritage unit passes Stein's Hill and approaches SR 138 in the late afternoon sunlight.
An EMD GT36HCW eventually bound for Algerian Railways passengar service, takes a stroll to the Pueblo, CO test tracks for various tests via a KRL 89 footer due to the different wheel gauge the the... (more)
BNSF 782 running downgrade, about to enter No2 tunnell at Allard in the Tehachapi Mtns
The sun rises on another day in the long life of UP 4012. After sitting out in the elements year round, she looks like she could use some TLC.
My first train photo: This was the day after a northbound 95-car coal train (from Loyall to Corbin) collided with 90 empty hoppers stored on the center siding at Artemus. This was during a system-... (more)
Slow and steady Under the watchful eyes of a signal maintainer, Q619 rolls over this break in the rail at the cautious speed of 10 mph. This break was caused by the very low temperatures ... (more)
Engineer Dan Sheppard watches closely as he shoves the Jordan Spreader thru a drift near MP 386. Shoving this plow is a touch tricky because you have to use alot of power, at times, but yet go eas... (more)
The Norfolk Southern drill H02 from Dover, NJ would be the last freight train to operate on the New Jersey Transit Gladstone Line. A view from within the NS H Zero Two heading East on the New Jers... (more)
While riding the Verde Canyon Railroad, I had the opportunity to talk with the bartender, Kenna. She was a very nice person to talk to about railroading, and she enjoys working for the railroad. P... (more)
A rare sight comes past the ex-D&H station in Port Henry, NY in the form of three rebuilt ex-SOO LNE SD60s leading 253 at 04:04! The photogenic EMDs had been gathered in a storage line until recen... (more)
The beauty A9101 is on the rails and A9106 is taking the way to the central workhouse for the next modernization.Note the graffiti on her nose.
Two GG1s spend their retirement sitting on a siding between the D&H main and Route 7 in the tiny village of Cooperstown Jct. Hopefully, they will eventually be part of a museum near here. Note the... (more)
A timely meet? The 2 CSXT trains are actually moving! A well placed gondola allows us to see the WE 3046 on the point of the loaded ore train.
"EL2" industrial electric DC locomotive with snowblower fighting with snow at "Bakal mines railroad" tracks in the "blue hour". "EL2" series manufactured in East Germany from 1957 to 1967 for the ... (more)
Escorting BNSF train JPTRDEN on the Joint Line on April 15, 2005 are hi-rail trucks, both in front of and following the train, carefully inspecting the right-of-way. Here the procession is slowly ... (more)
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)
Pushing snow at Otterdale, stopping to PK CN Q107 with GTW 5949, CN 2108, CN 2448! This is the machine I operate for the winter months on CN, keeping the trains a moving!
You are looking at the world's most powerful articulated steam locomotive, C&O H-8 2-6-6-6 Allegheny 1601. It and it's brethren were rated for 7,498 horsepower at 46 MPH. Interesting how single un... (more)
The biggest attention grabber out on the rails this season, Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train stops on top of the Grand River bridge allowing residents of near by Cambridge, Ontario to view the ful... (more)
By January 1966 the DRGW "Royal Gorge" that once ran from Denver to Salt Lake was down to a Salida stub train. Out of Denver it handled a through coach, slumbercoach and sleeper off the Denver Ze... (more)
My uphill hike to this location hampered by a deep puncture wound from a cactus, I arrived at the edge of the cliff just in time to get this shot of Dan Munson getting the shot of two KCSM Belles ... (more)
Size comparison between a GMD GP9RM and a Hyundai Tuscon
The 603 passenger approaching at the end of his trip, on the head 220 008 and 220 027.
Three of the Nickel Plate’s classy Berkshire locomotives sit out their final days at Bellevue yard before their inevitable dates with the cutting torches. James Lennon photo. Barry Lennon collec... (more)
The 10005 is a former "Michigan Coach;" originally a Metroliner. It is outfitted with lasers and gizmos on the roof to gather catenary information at 125mph. Coupled to it is 10004, th... (more)
Several minutes after the sun had set, the sky was still alive with color above Lake Pend Oreille as a westbound manifest rolled across the famous bridge over the lake.
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)
A flock of Europian starlings-sturnus voulgaris-crossing over a local passenger.A falcon attack was the reason of this amazing view
A traffic tangle due the carriage of the new Alco A9101.The narrow street, the time and the bus make this mess.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, on Thursday, June 11, 1953, the high temperature was a comfortable 73 degrees with a slight breeze that must've felt refreshing as it blew in through the open pa... (more)
Not sure what happened to #7, but it may have been the lead locomotive in a collision with a trash truck in Crystal City, MS in late May. My 2.5-year-old son explained to his mom that the locomot... (more)
One of the neatest railroad displays in the US greats motorists entering Nebraska from Iowa on I-80 in Omaha. Centennial 6900 and Big Boy 4023 are high on a bluff above the freeway welcoming trave... (more)
36 NS Locomotives stored in the Old Tie Yard..
After watching some good golf all day at Augusta National, I stumbled on a pleasant surprise as the NS OCS sits tied down for Masters week in Augusta, GA.
Cab view, engineman control stand CN 5436
Santa Fe #76, the eastbound CALIFORNIA SPECIAL makes a station stop at Lubbock, Texas, on a cold February 20, 1964. The train ran between a connection with the SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF at Clovis, New M... (more)
Fresh out of the paint booth here at MEI is this snazzy looking BL-2 for the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.This is a new tourist railroad in upstate New York, owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings.It ha... (more)
First wreck at new South Dunlop Connection
Two bridges, two trains. NS 11J and NS 13G paralleled their way west under the Westinghouse Bridge and the Triboro Expressway under a weird combination of moon, clouds, and snow.
Peoria & Western's monday turn to La Harpe crosses Illinois Route 9 just two miles from its destination.