Welcome Home! - The Alaska Railroad's last active steam locomotive, #557, has returned after a 46 1/2 year hiatus in the lower 48. #557 is a Baldwin Locomotive Works class S-160 2-8-0 Cons... (more)
BNSF 782 running downgrade, about to enter No2 tunnell at Allard in the Tehachapi Mtns
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)
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)
A traffic tangle due the carriage of the new Alco A9101.The narrow street, the time and the bus make this mess.
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)
I got two PAs in my first American Flyer train. It's a shame this is the only condition I ever actually saw them in, stripped of parts and waiting for the price of stainless steel to go up.
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.
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)
The four CP units (9782, 9751, 9777, 9758) used in the filming of the movie "Unstoppable" have arrived in Louisville via NS and are seen here at the Paducah & Louisville yard. The units will soon ... (more)
AMP does nice work, don't they? This former Canadian American F40 is headed to roam southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. This is a road slug to be mated to ex CDAC 459: the first of three ... (more)
A Little Hell
One of the most famous bridges of the Lima to La Oroya line is the Infiernillo - Little Hell - Bridge, located in a narrow canyon between two tunnels. The remains o... (more)
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.
Here's a ground-level view of the pit at Columbus and leased Santa Fe 5034. PRR steam is seen in the background, their version of the 2-10-4, also used in Sandusky coal service. The Santa Fe eng... (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)
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)
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)
A flock of Europian starlings-sturnus voulgaris-crossing over a local passenger.A falcon attack was the reason of this amazing view
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.
Cab view, engineman control stand CN 5436
A southbound freight led by an MLW
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)
Alco PA-1 units 5753 and 5752 are waiting for a train from New York where two Baldwin units had been sitting about an hour before. There was a large variety of diesel power in South Amboy that day... (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)
Peoria & Western's monday turn to La Harpe crosses Illinois Route 9 just two miles from its destination.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
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)
ON a cold snowy day NS 098HAs Vale Locomotive # 258 bringing up the rear of the train of 10 locomotives to be delivered to Brazil
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)
Westbound California Zephyr snakes through the Colorado Rockies near Pinecliffe.
While there are many great lodging establishments that have a railroad theme and are close to active lines, the Izaak Walton Inn on Marias Pass is a railfan's paradise. Adding inspiration (as if o... (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)
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)
Two new Union Pacific SD90MAC-H #8523 and #8522 built 4/99 at Electro-Motive Canada London, Ontario sitting in Canadian Pacific yard May 22, 1999 . Photographer Pierre Ozorak. Photo taken f... (more)
Captured in the late light of August 14, 1956, ATSF 5034 shows evidence of frequent use and hard Ohio water. With her bell clanging the Hostler backs her to the house, passing a future Pennsy die... (more)
BNSF C44-9W 5013 leads CP train 930 out of Afton, NY at 01:43
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)
10 locomotives are on the lead of a UP freight descending off the Huey P Long Bridge and almost into the joint UP/BNSF Avondale Yard. The locomotives in this monster consist are UP 8203 (SD9043MAC... (more)
Wrapping around Lake Superior's Mink Harbour, CP 5982 WEST exits the famous 110' Mink Tunnel.
First wreck at new South Dunlop Connection
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.
Staged for a special photo shoot, the Penn Central and Conrail heritage units are joined by NS SD70ACe #1011 at Amtrak's 16th Street yard in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Casey Thomason. F... (more)
A forgotten piece of Heritage sits along with a former RF&P E8A....
Baltimore and Ohio A-B-A units pull eastbound coal at Knoxville, just east of Harpers Ferry.
A wrong position of the swich was the reason of this crash. The loco hit on the last vagon of a freight northbound train. It was a bad...day
Southern Pacific U50 9951 takes a spin on the Taylor Yard turntable.
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)
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
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)
36 NS Locomotives stored in the Old Tie Yard..
Named unit Don Cook the DME 6077 and 3 others on Jul 9, hit a bolder and put some of them in the Mississippi river. Scrap now
A VO-1000 is working as a helper to an FEF Northern pulling a solid string of stock cars. I think this may be a hog train coming out of Omaha and headed for Los Angeles.
A view of the Amtrak and Metra yards outside of Chicago Union Station as viewed from Sears Tower.
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)
Amid a wild sea breeze and surf along the Gaspe' Coast, VIA 616 crosses above the beach at St. Therese-De-Gaspe' at 10:52.
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.
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)
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)
The Train of Tomorrow visits Elizabeth NJ on its tour of the county. The location is listed as Baltimore & Ohio Freight Yard.... but is actually the small CNJ LCL yard just east of the PRR crossi... (more)
The trains engine, B&O 3802, leads 36 Dash7 GEs for export to China
Rebuilt by Relco in Albia, IA in July of 2013, BNSF 972554, a "RSP38-2" basks in the Winter morning sun in Glendive, Mont. Upon further examination of the rotary, the lead truck is power... (more)
This EMD FT was wrecked in a collision with another train near Tobyhanna, PA on July 15, 1962. A loaded coal hopper came down right on top of the cab. A cutting torch specialist was called in to e... (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)
2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt 14A 512 of the "Victoria Falls Steam Train Company" (VFST) with a mixed freight/passenger for Geoff's Trains/Tanago, including two diner and a baggage, is crossing slowly the 1... (more)
CN 2242 works as the DPU on a typically heavy train 369 at Lovekin, just ahead of a heavy rainfall. This is the first DPU train I've managed to shoot on the Kingston Sub. 1553hrs.
Looking almost like an HO scale model, NS 7215 crosses the main drag in Windber, PA and right through the center of town.
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)
This is what the light at the other end of the tunnel looks like once it clears - stop, look and listen! A 1/6th zoom pan.
For more zoom pans, select your preference: Railroad: Western Maryland Scenic RailroadLocomotive: Steam 2-8-0Location: Frostburg, Maryland, USALocomotive #: WMSR 734Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: October 19, 2009
P&W train NR 2 hading north to Plainfield along the Thames River.
Track conditions on the Maumee & Western Railway are not quite exceptional. Shortly after this photo was taken, a 21 car train was taken over it at about 3mph. The railroad is a former Wabash li... (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)
Deadheading home... My hardhat label says it all!
An accident that didn't happen...
While standing on the front walkway of CP 2206 and looking over the short hood nose we see the first group of CP GP20C-ECO units being lined up for delivery. Units are still undergoing final test... (more)
The first SD70MAC repainted in the new Swosh (H3) scheme at CEECO in Tacoma. Leading the TACPAS, while a UP baretable heads to the Muni yard.
Size comparison between a GMD GP9RM and a Hyundai Tuscon
Westbound on track 2, NS 9797 leads an intermodal past the Juniata River today. Canon 10D and 20mm lens, 1/350 second exposure, f9.5, IS0 200.
A sad site as this is the graveyard for many locomotives that have traveled millions of miles across this country.
The TranzAlpine, having turned on the other end of town, splits the small west coast Hamlet of Greymouth on New Zealand's south island as she heads back through town toward the station to c... (more)
A rare Sunday Summerville Steam Special passes through the heart of Rossville, GA. The fireman appears to be getting the fire stoked for the grade out of town.
Various sorts of UP power idle at Mojave on a clear Sunday morning.
Broken brakes make this derail on the mountainious meter gauge line.
A westbound sits and waits for a signal to pass the remnants of a derailment that left ten wellcars on the ground in Highgrove on 8/6/2006. One of two area derailments that day. The track on the r... (more)
MMA has started the demolition of Amtrak units that were in the Poland Project.