On a hot, muggy August day, Southern Pacific SD45R 7406 brings an intermodal train into Tucumcari, New Mexico. Tucumcari used to be the interchange between the SP and the Rock Island. When the R... (more)
The day was overcast as we traveled east on Route 66 on our way home from California. You can imagine how excited I was when an AC-9 caught and passed us while I watched through the right rear wi... (more)
At Tucumcari, New Mexico, midwestern grainger railroad Rock Island interchanged with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Having just swapped power in Tucumcari, this freight is now a Rock Island train... (more)
Take notes ... This gets complicated ... A pair of former Southern Pacific diesels are ready for their next assignment in Tucumcari, New Mexico. "South Pacific" 7666 is a GP40-2, but the ... (more)
A surprise train caught us off guard while driving so we pulled over and got this pretty awesome consist with 2 KCS units and NS Dash 9
A DOT inspection train in front of Rock Island Depot, the rebuilding of the Golden State Route is underway. Under the control of The Cotton Belt, SSW thus the tag name of The Cotton Rock.
an eastbound Rock Island trains is doing some switching in the yard at Tucumcari prior to departing
Pulling in for a crew change at the former Rock Island Depot. This westbound has the long haul to El Paso. On the UP its present owner no longer changes crews here, its done at Vaughn.
Moving east bound at Tucumcari, the all SP powered inter modal consist. Moving on to Dalhart next crew change point.
This is where the Rock Island ends, and the SP starts. This train is north bound.
Fireman waits patiently while the maintenance crew services the locomotive.
The highway bridge overlooks the mainline so a good spot for pictures.
The Rock Island's mainline was in bad shape through here...evidence of derailments everywhere.