On the long climb up from Clifton, Arizona Eastern DASH-8s nos. 4009 and 4011 finally reach level track as they approach the exchange yard at South Siding.
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.
It's mid-afternoon as a heavy westbound stack train climbs through the tranquil wilderness a few miles north of Moapa.
Dynamic brakes whine as a long train of empty hoppers snakes downgrade past the other-worldly landscape of the Searles Valley and Trona Pinnacles.
Four of the Arizona Eastern's brightly painted B40-8s slowly lead a varied trackage rights train towards the interchange tracks on the west side of Lordsburg.
The Arizona Eastern's westbound trackage rights train between Lordsburg and Bowie chugs to the summit of the grade at Steins, having made the eastbound trip earlier in the day.
After a day of slow traffic due to track maintenance the dam finally bursts and a flurry of intermodal trains are unleashed. As the shadows lengthen to engulf the Moapa Valley another westbound ar... (more)
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.
Caught it at last!! After watching this UP manifest roar through the Tehachapi loop just after sunrise we figured there'd be ample time to watch a couple more trains before chasing it south for mo... (more)
A fast-moving intermodal with some mixed power has just crossed from Arizona into New Mexico as it crests the summit of the climb up to Steins.
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)
On a beautiful autumn afternoon a BNSF train climbs towards tunnel 2, and past the box cars which were involved in a string-line derailment earlier in the year.
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.
Led by a clean pair of AZER DASH-8s, a train of copper concentrate-loaded gondolas and various tank cars heads out of Clifton yard and trundles across the causeway through town.