Still dressed in its sharp warbonnet livery BNSF SD75M 8249 finds work as the rear dupe on this eastbound manifest dropping into Mojave. The venerable old Santa Fe motor is passing under the once ... (more)
An eastbound BNSF double stack splits the left-over carnage from a recent Union Pacific derailment, just out of the west portal of tunnel 1, as it climbs out of Caliente.
About to begin the daunting 6 mile climb to Cliff a eastbound BNSF stack train swings around the Caliente horseshoe, led this morning by BNSF warbonnet 715.
SCL 1776 - The One That Begat Them AllThere were two different U36Bs on the Seaboard Coast Line that carried the number "1776." The SCL's U36Bs were being delivered, and 1776:1 was... (more)
Lumber on the Central CoastA Southern Pacific eastbound, with Cotton Belt SD40T-2 8325 on the front, sits in San Luis Obispo, California, awaiting a fresh crew. This train, heading... (more)
Take Me Out to the Ballgame...It is February 5, 2017, and baseball's Spring Training is not far off (pitchers and catchers begin training in about a week). Phoenix's Major League T... (more)
Espee GrimeA Southern Pacific freight heads north (railroad east) through Traver, California, on September 14, 1979. Cotton Belt SD45T-2 9374 is on the point this day. There is a ... (more)
Tuolumne River CrossingIn October 1990, an eastbound Santa Fe freight crosses the Tuolumne River in Hughson, California, just south of the small town of Empire. In fact, the bulk o... (more)
In 1899 facing the threat of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway completing their own link between northern and southern California via the Tehachapi range the Southern Pacific Railroad neg... (more)
Export CoalOn November 15, 1980, a Union Pacific coal empties climbs southern California’s Cajon Pass as it heads eastward back to Utah for another load. Union Pacific SD40-2 3714 ... (more)
EMDs Muscle Through FullertonSix big EMD diesels hustle a Santa Fe freight eastbound on February 25, 1975. Santa Fe SD45 5564 leads a consist that continues with another SD45, an S... (more)
We Have All Been Here BeforeWhen many railfans think of the Southern Pacific, they think of dirty, run-down locomotives. But this was generally not the case with the SP - not until... (more)
A Lot of Horsepower for a Transfer RunA quartet of six-axle Alco diesels (C628s and C630s) heads east out of the Southern Pacific's West Colton Yard in Bloomington, California, on a... (more)
Dirty Old Town ... er ... DieselBecause of the large number of tunnels (and snowsheds) found on the Southern Pacific, the railroad and EMD designed the SD45T-2 (and later the SD40T-... (more)
Gone Daddy GoneOn October 10, 1980, Santa Fe waycar 999009, the tenth caboose rebuilt into the railroad's 283 Ce-1 class cabooses in 1966, is about to duck into the first tunnel at ... (more)