The railroad was about a month away from pulling its final trains in July 2019. The rails remain in place, perhaps for future use, but its isolated from the rest of the North American railroad sy... (more)
An operation you had to want to see to get to it. Totally isolated from the rest of North America's rail system once roamed the Black Mesa & Lake Powell, delivering coal loads around the clock fr... (more)
After turning the corner at Cow Springs, the empty Black Mesa & Lake Powell train heads east along US 160 to the loadout near Kayenta.
Today August 26th 2019 marks the end of an era that started in 1973 with the construction of the 50,000 Volt electrified Black Mesa and Lake Powell Railroad. Before 0700 local time the last load o... (more)
On June 8 a morning train from Lake Powell to Black Mesa climbs the noticeable grade in Cow Springs
Train to the Peabody mine passes over an Indian Road on Navajo Nation Land near Cow Springs.
Empty coal heads upgrade approaching Shonto, and eventually the Peabody mine for another load of coal.
As the sun sets behind the photographer, Black Mesa and Lake Powell's loaded afternoon coal train passes on a fill as they prepare to curve to the north towards Page.
A loaded coal train crosses the bridge in Cow Springs behind a trio of E60's.
A 50 car loaded coal train comes out of Cow Springs with a trio of E60 electrics in charge as they head towards Page.
Though empty, the eastbound Black Mesa & Lake Powell coal train power has to give it all they've got as they bring their 50 car train upgrade at Cow Springs.
BMLP coal empties pass over Indian Route 16 at Cow Springs bound for the Peabody Mine.
A quartet of former N de M GE E60C electric motors powers the evening train west across the trestle over Sour Water Wash in Cow Springs, Arizona, with 63 loads of coal from Peabody Energy's Kayent... (more)
Running several hours earlier than normal, the westbound Black Mesa is seen sweeping around the curve at Cow Springs.
Monsoon season over the great Southwest is in full swing as the Black Mesa & Lake Powell brings another loaded coal train to the Navajo Generating Station at Page.