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Railroad Pole Lines
Photos showing the railroad pole lines. The pole line used four basic electrical circuits - telegraph, telephone, signaling, and power. Modern technologies of fiber optics, microwave, radio, satellite, and computers have been replacing the pole lines.
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Photo ID: 842398

On a line dominated by coal trains, the Denver to Galesburg train provides a welcome splash of variety. There has been plenty of change in the 25 years since this photo was taken. The searchlights... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW)
Location: Prescott, Iowa, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 982
Train ID: DENGAL
Photo Date: April 11, 1998


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By: Dean Sauvola

Added: Oct 07, 2023

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Photo ID: 840747

A Harbor transfer heads towards UP's Yard Center Yard on the southside of Dalton on the UP Villa Grove Sub. Here the job crosses all the way over from the IHB connection track to the yard lead at... (more)

Railroad: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2LW
Location: Dalton, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: IHB 4020
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 16, 2022


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Sep 14, 2023

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Photo ID: 835136

UP's Peoria Local (L-PD01) pulls onto the TZPR main and then will shove it's train the 3/4 of a mile down to Collier Yard. There are plenty of boxcars up from bound for KJRY interchange. Of hist... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70AH
Location: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8949
Train ID: UP L-PD01
Photo Date: June 05, 2023


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By: Craig McGregor

Added: Jun 28, 2023

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Photo ID: 828329

There are some cool relics along this old Rock Island mainline to Colorado Springs. A lot of the code line has been taken down along with some of the ABS signals. Here east of Brewster, along old ... (more)

Railroad: Genesee & Wyoming
Locomotive: MPI MK5000C
Location: Brewster, Kansas, USA
Locomotive #: UTAH 5006
Train ID: KYLE SALI-08
Photo Date: March 16, 2023


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Mar 31, 2023

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Photo ID: 827073

A high load on a depressed-center flat car is transported in a short Santa Fe train, led by GP303211 (ex-ATSF 1211). The two tank cars may be there as buffer cars. (La Mirada California – Augu... (more)

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: La Mirada, California, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 3211
Train ID: ATSF eastbound
Photo Date: August 03, 1973


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By: Craig Walker

Added: Mar 16, 2023

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Photo ID: 823484

Burlington Northern “Expediter” train 46 flies eastbound toward Somonauk, Illinois, on the frigid winter day of February 17, 1990. Leading the train is BN GP39M No. 2800, rebuilt from CB&Q GP3... (more)

Railroad: Burlington Northern Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP39M
Location: Somonauk, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BN 2800
Train ID: BN 46
Photo Date: February 17, 1990


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 29, 2023

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Photo ID: 818938

ATSF 920 and EMC E1 number 6 lead train 21, a five car El Capitan doing 35 MPH on the east side of Raton Pass near Starkville Colorado, in 1938. Otto Conrad Perry photo from my collection.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Starkville, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 920
Train ID: ATSF 21
Photo Date: June 26, 1938


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Dec 05, 2022

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Photo ID: 818681

Eastbound NS 146 passes by MP 212, 7 miles east of Logansport, IN during the afternoon of 10/28/90. Kodachrome 64.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C30-7
Location: Logansport, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8037
Train ID: NS 146
Photo Date: October 28, 1990


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By: John E. Troxler

Added: Dec 01, 2022

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Photo ID: 817192

ATSF F7 311 leads 15 cars at 50 MPH on the Joint Line, south of Castle Rock, in 1951. Otto Conrad Perry photo from my collection.

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 311
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: July 19, 1951


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Nov 13, 2022

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Photo ID: 815920

A two car Interurban is seen at Goff Junction, on the South Shore Line, at approximately 0900 hrs.

Railroad: Chicago SouthShore & South Bend Railroad
Locomotive: Electric MU Interurban
Location: Gary, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSS 40
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: September, 1978


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By: GEORGE M. STUPAR

Added: Oct 29, 2022

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Photo ID: 806919

Amtrak's eastbound Toronto-New York Niagra Rainbow headed up by a pair of E-8s passes under the Marion branch bridge over CP15 in Newark, NY in November 1978. The Marion branch bridge was removed ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Newark, New York, USA
Locomotive #: ATK 442
Train ID: 64
Photo Date: November, 1978


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By: Jon Snyder

Added: Jul 07, 2022

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Photo ID: 805801

The WE Medora signals light up as J780 enters the block. This was the last intact siding between Seymour and Mitchell...but it has since been torn out. All the trappings of a classic line are here... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Medora, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 2782
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: October 08, 2021


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By: Peter Hayes

Added: Jun 22, 2022

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Photo ID: 803195

CSX Q216 heads east towards Cincinnati with a SD70MAC in charge along the former B&O. The old pole line adds a little nostalgia to an earlier era.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD70MAC
Location: Butlerville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 4533
Train ID: CSX Q216
Photo Date: May 16, 2022


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By: Joe Vittitoe

Added: May 20, 2022

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Photo ID: 802677

Let's take a pole..... In a case of who's railroad is it, UP 5284 leads a NS unit through Mt. Pleasant, WI on CP's C&M Subdivision on 5/9/22. Pole lines have become increasingly rare these days, b... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: AC45CCTE
Location: Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5284
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 09, 2022


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By: Greg Mross

Added: May 12, 2022

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Photo ID: 800953

The pole line is still evident as a Hiawatha Service trains head south on Main One through Caledonia.

Railroad: Illinois Department of Transportation (IDTX)
Locomotive: Siemens SC-44
Location: Caledonia, Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: IDTX 4609
Train ID: AMTK 332
Photo Date: April 16, 2022


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By: Alan Baker

Added: Apr 19, 2022

Views: 1,557
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