Milepost 3.8: Backlight at Palmer Gulch. The 5PM trips on the Black Hills Central Railroad are an interesting challenge for photographers. The lower sun angles produce beautiful light, but... (more)
Eastbound out of Hill City. Engineer Kirston Hilpert settles into the right seat of the beefy Black Hills Central Locomotive #108, as she takes the 11:30 AM edition of the "1880 Train&... (more)
Tin Mill after five. Just after 5 PM, the Black Hills Central's last passenger run of the day tops Tin Mill Hill, crossing Old Hill City Road on the east bound trip to Keystone, SD. As you... (more)
Hammering through Oblivion. The Black Hills Central Railroad's two saddle-tank, articulated, compound Mallet Locomotives combine forces in a smoky run-by for photographers as part of the li... (more)
Milepost 9.1: Approaching Keystone. The old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Branch line between Hill City, SD and Keystone features a number of timber trestles, many of which can be seen from ... (more)
Late afternoon departure from Hill City. In recent years, the Black Hills Central Railroad has been running a 5 PM departure during prime vacation season. They are one of the few tourist r... (more)
Toppin' Tin Mill Hill. After struggling on the 4-6% grades for about 8 minutes, the Black Hills Central Railroad's 9AM train for Keystone SD, reaches the top of Tin Mill Hill, emerging from... (more)
The Keystone run-around. The Black Hills Central Railroad's depot at Keystone, SD is located at the bottom of a narrow, rocky canyon, which is barely wide enough for the railroad, Old Hill ... (more)
The long climb to Hill City. Working hard in reverse, Black Hills Central Locomotive #110 hauls the first westbound trip of the day from Keystone, SD to Hill City through the S-curves at ab... (more)
Headed for Oblivion. Somewhere between Mile Markers 3 and 4, the Black Hills Central's 11:30 AM train is heading east through what's known as Palmer Gulch, with Locomotive #108 on the point... (more)
Sanding the flues. Black Hills Central Railroad Locomotive #108 pours out a strong, salt and pepper plume as she hauls the first "1880 Train" of the day past the second crossing a... (more)
ATSF 3415 whistles through the Kansas farmlands outside of Abilene.
With a severe thunderstorm rolling into South Dakotas Black Hills, the Black Hills Scenic 2:30pm train charges up the steep rain-slick grade cutting through the dense forest.
An airplane flies over Santa Fe 3415 on a windy day in Abilene, Kansas.
ATSF 3415 departs out of Abilene with the ten o'clock train.