3 of Trona Railway's vintage SD40 locomotives lead an inbound 44 car loaded coal drag past the Trona Pinnacles after running light to Searles earlier in the day.
A solid set of aging Trona Railway EMDs begin the 31 mile journey out of the mineral rich Searles Valley to the connection with the Union Pacific at Searles.
Trona Railway SD40-2 #2008 leads its train of soda ash and empty sulfuric acid tank cars past Searles Valley Mineral's Westend chemical facility. The winter-like scene is produced from minerals m... (more)
Trona Railway SD40-2 #2008 leads six other EMDs as they lug soda ash loads, and coal empties, up the 1.8% grade toward Searles.
Climbing through the fascinating Trona Pinnacles sprouting up out a dry lake bed in the harsh desert south of Searles Valley, a Trona Railway freight rumbles toward the Union Pacific connection at... (more)
The light power from the day's loaded run from Trona up to Searles drifts back down through the beautifully muted scenery of the Spangler Hills.
Dynamic brakes whine as a long train of empty hoppers snakes downgrade past the other-worldly landscape of the Searles Valley and Trona Pinnacles.
A warm easterly breeze flattens the exhaust from six Trona Railway SD40s as they toil upgrade past the Trona Pinnacles.
It's late in the day and after dropping off a loaded train these faded old SDs are ready to turn their back on the setting sun and head for home with a long string of empties.
With just a few miles left to go, six of the Trona Railway's 'second generation' EMDs are making steady progress as they attack the long grade up through the Spangler Hills to the interchange at S... (more)
After the long climb up from Trona a train of loaded hoppers are pushed back down the old Lone Pine branch, where they'll await collection by the Union Pacific.
Trona Railway SD40T-2 #2005 leads a train of loaded soda ash toward the Union Pacific interchange at Searles, as it passes the Westend chemical complex in Trona.
It's always exciting to find that a train is running on the Trona Railway, as it generally means there'll be several opportunities to see (and hear) some battle-scarred old SD40s giving it their a... (more)
Just before sunset and with their work done for the day, six Trona Railway SD40s head back down the Searles Valley and past the exotic geology of the Trona Pinnacles.
On a warm but windy afternoon with storm clouds building to the south, a long load of empties descends the thirty-or-so miles from Searles to Trona behind six of the Trona Railway's vintage EMDs.