A total of 81 empties finally get underway after a long wait in the siding at Elkton, SD for crews to repair a broken rail, and an eastbound to pass. Its December 18th and the temperature is 55 de... (more)
Union Pacific makes a rare appearance in South Dakota as power for the Dakota & Iowa Railroad as it hauls a ballast train behind its usual empty rock cars heading back to Dell Rapids from Sioux Ci... (more)
When the tracks in Echo Canyon washed out in 1972, Burlington Northern scaled back service on the Keystone Spur to a new siding a mile upstream from town dubbed "Keystone Junction." It was also t... (more)
This area of the 'Hills was a booming tin mining district in the late 1890s. Today, only the former general store - now derelict - exists at Kennedyville. It can be seen in the trees on the far... (more)
Ex-Rayonier logging Mallet No. 110 steams upgrade in the cool mist of a Black Hills summer morning. One hundred years ago, Tin Mill Hill was the location of a tin reclamation mill operated by the... (more)
No. 63 whistles for another crossing near Keystone. This particular grade crossing is seen in the Disney movie "Scandalous John," the scene where BHC 2-6-2 hits a truck.
BHC No. 63 heads downgrade for Keystone with the first run of the day on August 18, 2011.
Ex- C&O GP9 63 puts on a good show as it digs in for the 4% grade of Tin Mill Hill.
Black Hills Central GP9 63 crosses a small trestle as it nears the end of the line at Keystone.
Black Hills Central GP9 63 (ex-C&O) leads the first train of the day out of Hill City, emerging into the sun as it approaches the crest of Tin Mill Hill.
A former Union Pacific SD40-2 heads up a DM&E train at Wall, South Dakota.
STLH 5593 leads B17 on the Pierre Sub just outside of Huron
Weyerhaeuser #110 hauls its 7 car train up the 4-6% grade of Tin Mill Hill. #110 was built by Baldwin in 1928 for Weyerhaeuser's Vail operation where it operated until 1954. At this time it was so... (more)
On the 6% grade - What a sound!