Six SD40-2 variants lead the westbound Trona interchange train into Searles Jct. In the foreground are empty hoppers on the stub-ended UP Lone Pine branch awaiting pickup.
The light power from the day's loaded run from Trona up to Searles drifts back down through the beautifully muted scenery of the Spangler Hills.
It's late in the day and after dropping off a loaded train these faded old SDs are ready to turn their back on the setting sun and head for home with a long string of empties.
With just a few miles left to go, six of the Trona Railway's 'second generation' EMDs are making steady progress as they attack the long grade up through the Spangler Hills to the interchange at S... (more)
After the long climb up from Trona a train of loaded hoppers are pushed back down the old Lone Pine branch, where they'll await collection by the Union Pacific.
Having left Mojave, SP 7882 leads three more GE U-boats and a SD40T-2 north with the Lone Pine Local.
I arrived at the Trona facilities early for my appointment with the Road Foreman who graciously showed me around their shop and allowed plenty of pictures. After that it was time to follow the roa... (more)
Trona Railway's evening Turn to the UP interchange heads out of the other-worldly landscape on it's mainline as they approach Searles.
TRC SD40T-2 2005, which started life as SP 8541 back in 1979, is on the point of a loaded potash train as it enters Searles, nearing the end of the 26 mile uphill trek from the mineral plant at Tr... (more)
An ex SP tunnel motor leads a string of empty covered hoppers back to Trona from the UP interchange at Searles.
TRC 2009 passes the old water tower at Garden City as it approaches the Union Pacific interchange at Searles with 17 loads of potash on the drawbar.
TRC 2005 (former SP 8541) sits in the yard at Searles on the former SP Lone Pine Branch as it awaits to take the second section of a loaded coal train back to Trona.
Trona Railway's aging SD40-2 #2008 pauses while performing switching duties in Searles, CA.
UP 8831 and UP 8675 at Searles.