An ailing turbo has this aging set of Trona Railway EMDs down to a crawl, as they lug their train loaded with soda ash toward Searles.
Trona Railway's aging SD40-2 #2008 pauses while performing switching duties in Searles, CA.
The daily run to Searles departs Trona late in the afternoon.
The Trona Railroad puts on a show as seven units handle the day's export plus an empty coal train climbing the grade out of Oxy.
TRC 2008 arrives at Searles after sunset. The train will interchange with Union Pacific and return to Trona.
With Searles Valley Mineral's massive soda ash production complex visible in the distance, five second generation EMDs dig into the grade as they haul their unit train out of the Searles Valley. ... (more)
Having just pulled to a stop with their unit train loaded with soda ash, five Trona Railway EMDs idle in the cool desert air, as the twilight sky signals the end to another day in the high desert ... (more)
Four aging EMDs begin the journey to Searles with a cut of loaded covered hoppers to interchange with the Union Pacific. The mineral rich Searles Dry Lake - which is the lifeblood for the railroad... (more)
Four aging EMDs, all built prior to 1981, haul their train past Searles Valley Minerals' Westend plant, as they work towards the Union Pacifc interchange at Searles.
Trona Railway SD40-2 #2008 leads three other EMDs, as they begin their trip up to the Union Pacific interchange at Searles with a unit train of covered hoppers. Searles Valley Minerals' Argus pro... (more)