A westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal empty descends Crawford Hill east of Crawford, Nebraska, on the morning of April 11, 1998. A short-lived mix of A.C. locomotives power the train back ... (more)
Another empty coal train eases its way down the famous Crawford Hill. The property owners were gracious enough to allow my crew to camp on their track-side property with one warning… cows.
BNSF loaded coal train C EBMSLP 034B climbs the 1.55% grade up Crawford Hill on a gorgeous, spring morning. Photo taken from Crawford, Nebraska on June 6, 2022.
BNSF C BKMCEB 016A heads up Crawford Hill as the heavy coal train battles the grade on a beautiful June morning.
Slowly climbing over Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, a Burlington Northern coal train grinds upgrade on Crawford Hill between Crawford and Belmont, Nebraska, on the afternoon of July 2, 1989. Up front, t... (more)
A Burlington Northern coal train, led by a pair of Cascade green EMD SD40-2s and a pair of Oakway Leasing EMD SD60s, climbs into the large horseshoe curve on Crawford Hill below Belmont, Nebraska,... (more)
A quartet of Cascade green EMD SD40-2s put all of their might into pushing a hefty coal train upgrade over Crawford Hill, east of Crawford, Nebraska, on July 5, 1996. The locomotives in this parti... (more)
Yet another coal train is beginning its climb up Crawford Hill behind three beautiful SD70MACs. The action on this railroad seemed continual with the heavy volume of coal traffic plus intermodal a... (more)
The manned Crawford helper shoves a coal load around Breezy Point with the customary sanders open and exhaust roaring! At the turn of the century 3-4 sets of manned helpers could be seen on duty ... (more)
A morning coal load climbs Crawford Hill across old Saw Mill (Stage Coach) Road. In the distance are the Buttes that rise above Fort Robinson. The famous frontier army post has a incredible histo... (more)
The big cut at Belmont, Nebraska bypassed a summit tunnel thru the top the the Pine Ridge Escarpment. This was the only railroad tunnel in Nebraska. In the late 1970's Crawford Hill was completel... (more)
Nebraska's Mountain Crawford Hill Part II The CB&Q used the horseshoe shaped canyon carved out by Chalk Creek to gain elevation up the Pine Ridge Escarpment. The grade before it was rebuil... (more)
Nebraska's Mountain Crawford Hill With a ruling grade of 1.72%, when compensated, Crawford Hill is the steepest eastbound grade any coal train will encounter leaving the Powder River coal f... (more)
A Fresh 25th anniversary unit leads coal empties down Crawford hill on a beautiful late summer evening
BNSF 5720 leads a train at Windy Point, near Crawford, NE, on May 21, 2005.