An eastbound CSX coal train slowly grinds up the 1.7 percent sharply curved "Goose Neck" at Big Cut, VA. This is NS trackage over which CSX has rights.
Four big units are on the point of this eastbound SP drag of mixed freight and intermodal. The first, second and fourth units are rebuilt (at the road's shops in Sacramento) SD45T-2s, but the thir... (more)
A ten-unit eastbound Santa Fe drag is making good time up Tehachapi as it approaches the west portal of Tunnel 2. All that horsepower is running and on line, so the hoghead is able to keep a breez... (more)
In 1974, the L&N was seriously short on motive power to move a rising tide of coal traffic from eastern Kentucky. Three big Penn Central SD45s--leased at the time--are pulling a southbound Lynch T... (more)
Late in the day, a westbound Santa Fe freight drops downgrade as it approaches the east portal of Tunnel 2, on the grade to Tehachapi. In the distance, an eastbound Santa Fe freight---which has ju... (more)
In 1973, my wife and I rented an apartment in Appalachia, VA that overlooked the Southern and L&N tracks behind the business district. There were something like 60 to 70 train movements there each... (more)
A southbound unit coal train powers out of Hagans Tunnel, linking Kentucky with Virginia. Ahead is the switchback, which will consume about 45 minutes to negotiate.
The L&N roundhouse at Loyall, KY was reduced from nine to four stalls after the end of steam in 1956-57. Several years later, however, those stalls were still being used, as was the 100-foot turnt... (more)
A northbound unit coal train passes the old tower at Patio, KY (Winchester) on October 3, 1986. This was a pusher grade (from the bottom of the grade at the Kentucky River, at Ford) in steam days.... (more)
A late afternoon drag freight out of Oroville, CA is bound for the High Line to Klamath Falls. Here, it coils around the curves near the bottom of the Feather River Canyon--the route it will follo... (more)
A Santa Fe eastbound freight climbs Cajon Pass behind a mix of EMD power.
A Union Pacific eastbound general freight crawls upgrade between Blue Cut and Cajon, on California's famed Cajon Pass.
At the remote siding at Cliff, CA, on the western assault of Tehachapi Pass, a Santa Fe intermodal is working upgrade behind five EMD six-motor units.
A northbound CalTrain commuter from San Jose to San Francisco brakes to a stop at South San Francisco as riders await. In the background, heavy afternoon rush hour traffic is already building up o... (more)
A westbound UP freight rolls into Portola, CA on the former Western Pacific main. After a crew change, the train will continue down the Feather River Canyon to the Bay area.