Derailment in Browns Canyon in June 1995. Ex. DRGW side booms are on scene clearing the mainline of the Royal Gorge Route. MOW forces would have the mainline open in less than 24 hours. In 1995 ... (more)
The Only Way to Fly!The Southern Pacific's crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California is spectacular, and riding Amtrak's California Zephyr is a sp... (more)
A battered veteran of mountain railroading climbs Tennessee Pass. While the coal trains got the new AC4400s, drag freights got whatever could be thrown together. On this train a mixed lash-up of... (more)
SP361 west hustles thru Minturn after a crew change. The train is new Southern Pacific subsidiary CTRN coal hoppers. the cars were mostly used to haul coal to Tennessee Valley Authority.
April 8, 1990: At Roseville, CA, a conductor on this eastbound Southern Pacific freight walks to the head end as the brake test is being completed on his train. Shortly, these big SD45Rs will powe... (more)
At the LAUPT 50th anniversary celebration
Southern Pacific 295 makes the assault on the longest sustained section of 3% grade on Tennessee Pass (Pando-Mitchell) The train has 9 big AC motors 3x3x3.
SP153 sits with mates at Wisconsin Central's Schiller Park, IL yard. The locomotives are likely off a taconite or coal load as they sit awaiting their next assignment. The second unit is a C44-9W... (more)
SP221, 200 and sister sit awaiting set-up for final delivery to Southern Pacific. The bran-new AC4400s will be assigned to taconite and Utah/Colorado coal service. Belt Railway of Chicago acted... (more)
SP8186 was part of a quartet that likely came off a taconite train, as there was a ore train leaving the yard with three new AC4400s. The AC traction engines were just being delivered and the -9s ... (more)
What a Recession Looks LikeA visit to Southern Pacific's primary yard and shop complex in Los Angeles, Taylor Yard (located just north of downtown), during the 1973-1975 recession p... (more)
Back When the Mainline was at GradeOn May 19, 1974, Southern Pacific 8922 west bisects downtown Reno, Nevada, skirting along some of the city's famous casinos (such as the Palace Ca... (more)
Dark TerritoryA Southern Pacific westbound passes the train order station (the caboose on the right) at Dike, the SP's name for Devore, California. Opened in 1967, this is the SP's... (more)
Yes, It Sounded Incredible!A Southern Pacific eastbound train passes the Amtrak Palm Springs station at what the SP called Garnet, California, on November 7, 1981. This train has o... (more)
The conductor of SP126 climbs back aboard after a meet at Granby, Colorado. The train will continue on its journey to Phippsburg for the next crew change.