A westbound Manifest dodges clouds as storms move out of the area at Jean. Storms fired up in the mountains crossed the deserts producing hail and lightning earlier.
One of UP's newer GE's could use a bath as it leads the Roper train (WCRO) over the top of the hill at Erie, an altitude of about 3,100 ft.
Coal loads roll downhill at Jean under spectacular blue skies. Sky did not stay blue for long as showers and storms developed later in the day.
What appears to be a brand new ES44AH helps guide a UP coal train downgrade at Jean.
Mountain storms build as a DPU helps push a loaded coal train through Sloan.
A coal train swings over Las Vegas Blvd near Jean as some clouds boil over the distant mountains. The bridge undated is retro looking allows the UP over the highway.
A coal train slides through the cut at Sloan heading westward.
It was unusually stormy round Vegas, here thundersnow / storms rumble over the mountains north of the valley, while a manifest works Arden Yard. The DPU on the end waiting.
A westbound that struck a van at a crossing a ways back, forced other westbounds to track 2. Here an older GE leads a stack train as the heavy snow eases a bit in downtown Flagstaff.
Snow coming down so hard it's almost a white out, even the NWS did not expect this. Meanwhile, the BNSF carries on with another eastbound of about 14 trains in two hours.
Last train before we had to head down the mountain. Another westbound struck a van at the Ponderosa crossing which forced a reroute of westbounds to use the # 2 main.
Heavy snow pounds Flagstaff as a BNSF Z emerges from the white out. We saw 14 trains in about two hours. Wife's business trip to Vegas again, side trip to Flagstaff...
Snowy conditions on the mountain as a Q train roars upgrade through Flagstaff. This city is the 7th snowiest in the USA.
A hot Z hustles through the cold and intensifying snow which has stuck to everything making for a fantastic winter wonderland.
SNOW! The snow we had hoped for turned up a day late, but wow did it come. Our first of 14 trains seen in 2 hours was this manifest rolling downhill and through downtown.