An extremely rare opportunity occurred on the morning of February 23rd, snow stuck overnight in Vail, AZ leaving a beautiful snow covered morning. UP 8098 leads a light manifest EB through Pantano
UP 2706 gets clearance to proceed up the steep grade to mescal as a huge winter storm hits Vail, they where running trains 1 at a time though the creek.
UP 8773 leads a short manifest with quite a few extra engines in tow
UP 8966 leads a auto train through the Ogee cutoff.
When elevation doesn't exist...what can you do. Well you become part of the drone world and presto. Here is a bird's eye view of Pantano, where a classic Southern Pacific water tower still stand... (more)
UP 7670 leads a heavy double stack up the steep grade at Pantano
UP 2572 leads a WB Z train down hill from Mescal
UP 7093 leads a long and heavy intermodal train up out of Cienega Creek to the summit in Mescal AZ
UP 1983 pushes hard on the back of an empty grain train at Pantano, AZ, also in the consist was NS 1066
A WB Union Pacific baretable reposition cuts through the washes between Mescal and Vail
UP 2566 leads a long EB manifest train through the old town of Pantano
UP 5876 leads a rack train through Pantano
As the light fades away UP 8772 leads a Z upgrade out of Cienega Creek
UP 8923 leads a manifest through Cienega Creek.
On April 22, 2017, a long line of stored Union Pacific locomotives sits on the old main line (now bypassed with a new alignment) between Pantano and Benson, Arizona, which includes the Empirita ho... (more)