Brakeshoes smoke after descending the summit west of Altoona, the crew brought the train down the mountain safely and may run through. The coupler cover, still intact, is noteworthy. The station i... (more)
A light engine move past the invading diesels grabs John's attention away from the shop overview shots he'd been taking on this July morning 60+ years ago. The 2-10-0's were the heavy haulers on ... (more)
Cambria & Indiana RR coal cars are in the consist of a train rolling by on the main. C&I was nowhere near Indiana, the state, but revenues per mile of track for the small RR were the greatest of ... (more)
A Southern box car with a newly repaired door sits outside the shops near the Altoona station, seen in the distance.
Newly constructed and painted PRR gons are ready for their markings in this July 1952 scene at Altoona.
Rock Island's bicentennial E8 652 debutes on the 20th Century Railroad Club's Railfair '76 special from Chicago to Bureau, shown here departing Chicago.
John was in Davenport for a 3-week training at the RI Arsenal in 1967 and took advantage of his off time to capture images around the area. In the small town of Geneseo the Golden State Ltd. is a... (more)
The Golden State Ltd. is on borrowed time but looking sharp as it turns into downtown Davenport off the Golden State main, approaching Rockingham Rd. John was in Davenport for a 3-week training a... (more)
The crew of the West Dav switch peer into the future through John's camera as they cross Rockingham Road on Davenport's industrial west side. The tracks behind are known to railroaders as the "Go... (more)
The westbound is pulling with a rebuild in the bankrupt blue looking good. The train is crossing the BN Barstow sub seen left. Today single mains of BNSF and IAIS are connected here by switches.
A Rock Island track gang clears the diamond with the BN while a westbound approaches on the other main in the distance. Bankrupt blue has come to MOW equipment too.
Work continues to open the mainline at Walcott after a broken rail led to a derailment the weekend of Labor Day, 1977. Hulcher crews assist in the cleanup, putting the spilled ballast to good use... (more)
Work continues to open the mainline at Walcott after a broken rail led to a derailment the weekend of Labor Day, 1977. Hulcher and Rock crews made good use of the spilled ballast.
Portrait of a 1906 Baldwin product, a native of North Carolina.
Class C Shay locomotive #9 is under steam at the 1977 Midwest Old Thresher's Reunion. It was recently refurbished and serves on the Georgetown Loop.