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Photo ID: 665445

On a photo charter, PLC 2 heads north from Garibaldi early in the morning with a train of empty log cars.

Railroad: Polson Logging Co.
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Garibaldi, Oregon, USA
Locomotive #: 2
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 19, 2018


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By: John West

Added: Jul 25, 2018

Views: 1,089
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Favorited: 21

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Photo ID: 660641

The eastbound Overland Mail stops at Montello, Nevada back in the days when the railroads had a mail contract and long mail and express trains like this were common. In addition to handling the m... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Unknown
Location: Montello, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1966


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By: John West

Added: Jun 09, 2018

Views: 3,735
Comments: 2

Favorited: 30

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Photo ID: 659763

The privately owned Polson Logging Company No. 2 now calls Tillamook and the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad home. The OCSR operates over the west end of the former Southern Pacific Tillamook branch... (more)

Railroad: Polson Logging Co.
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Tillamook, Oregon, USA
Locomotive #: 2
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 19, 2018


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By: John West

Added: Jun 01, 2018

Views: 1,452
Comments: 3

Favorited: 15

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Photo ID: 644289

The 4449 begins its long trip from Portland to New Orleans with the Worlds Fair Express. Train 9 showing in the train number indicator was the number of the southbound (railroad westbound) Shasta... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-4
Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA
Locomotive #: SP 4449
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1984


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By: John West

Added: Jan 12, 2018

Views: 1,554
Comments: 1

Favorited: 16
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Photo ID: 643888

A mountain of mining waste provides an interesting backdrop as 93 hauls empty gons toward the mine during a Nevada Northern winter photo shoot.

Railroad: Nevada Northern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Ruth, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: NN 93
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 2003


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By: John West

Added: Jan 08, 2018

Views: 1,601
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Favorited: 12

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Photo ID: 641750

Doubleheaded QJ 2-10-2's cross the JiTong line's iconic Simingyi viaduct. This perspective on the bridge shows off the marvelous civil engineering of this relatively new line.

Railroad: China Rail
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Reshui, China
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 2003


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By: John West

Added: Dec 20, 2017

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Comments: 3

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Photo ID: 641543

Doubleheaded QJ 2-10-2's head a freight approaching the summit tunnel on the JiTong line. Steam had about a year left before the last major mainline steam operation in the world was dieselized.

Railroad: China Rail
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Reshui, China
Locomotive #: 6882
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 2005


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By: John West

Added: Dec 18, 2017

Views: 1,275
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Favorited: 15

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Photo ID: 633773

The Laws Railroad Museum provided a nice setting for the newly restored SP 18, and this was one of the more interesting photo ops. The wig wag, dusty crossing, and old cars all seems to fit quite... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-6-0
Location: Bishop, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 18
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 22, 2017


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By: John West

Added: Oct 10, 2017

Views: 1,763
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Photo ID: 632501

The Laws Railroad Museum provided a nice setting for the newly restored SP 18. The museum has only about 2000 feet of "mainline" track but a lot of well preserved infrastructure including a gallo... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-6-0
Location: Bishop, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 18
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 22, 2017


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By: John West

Added: Oct 01, 2017

Views: 1,641
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Favorited: 18

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Photo ID: 625297

Sometimes you don't want a caboose. The 315 had to take a cut of cars up the hill to Cumbres, but the four percent to too much for all the cars and a caboose, so the caboose was left behind. Thi... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 25, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Aug 02, 2017

Views: 1,482
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Favorited: 11

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Photo ID: 624582

I was a California boy, and I had seen stuff like this only in pictures. When Uncle Sam gave me an all expenses paid trip to the East Coast, it was like a whole different world. The GG-1's were ... (more)

Railroad: New York Central
Locomotive: Electric P2a
Location: New York, New York, USA
Locomotive #: NYC 242
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 1962


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By: John West

Added: Jul 27, 2017

People's Choice 2

Views: 11,171
Comments: 10

Favorited: 83

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Photo ID: 621792

You gotta have a caboose. And you want to get home. Given such a challenge railroaders can be very creative. Their regular caboose was bad ordered in Chama, and there was no spare. So rather t... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 492
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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By: John West

Added: Jul 02, 2017

Views: 6,207
Comments: 3

Favorited: 41

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Photo ID: 621462

This is what a friend wrote about riding this train back in 1972, "Number 1121/22 runs once a week, and we soon discovered why: its a trip that overwhelms man and machine alike. In the first... (more)

Railroad: Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Salta, Argentina
Locomotive #: 4351
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: John West

Added: Jun 29, 2017

Views: 2,191
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Photo ID: 621460

In August 1962 Tucuman shed was home to about 65 steamers. No. 841 is a Baldwin 4-8-2 built in 1921.

Railroad: Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-2
Location: Tucuman, Argentina
Locomotive #: 841
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: John West

Added: Jun 29, 2017

Views: 1,313
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Favorited: 12
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Photo ID: 612311

Under storm clouds and late afternoon sun, a northbound train heads up the remote Modoc line just north of Crest between Wendel and Alturas in northwestern California. This shortcut between Oreg... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP60
Location: Alturas, California, USA
Locomotive #: SSW 9686
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1996


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By: John West

Added: Apr 05, 2017

Views: 1,838
Comments: 1

Favorited: 17

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