On a warm but windy afternoon with storm clouds building to the south, a long load of empties descends the thirty-or-so miles from Searles to Trona behind six of the Trona Railway's vintage EMDs.
After a long afternoon of waiting, the Trona Railway finally quells the increasing level of frustration - and just in the nick of time! With only a minute or two to go before sundown, a headlight ... (more)
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)
With its Southern Pacific lettering still faintly visible, a Trona Railway SD40T-2 leads a pair of ex-Union Pacific SD40-2s as they switch cars between Argus and West End, just south of Trona.
Three of the Trona Railway's ageing and faded SD40-2 variants busy themselves switching the sidings between Argus and West End.
After running light-engines up to Searles yard to pick up fifty coal loads, three Trona Railway EMDs return to the Argus facility near Trona on a warm and slightly hazy October afternoon.
Led by a foursome of aged and weathered EMD veterans the daily local from Trona to Searles is slowly climbing out of the Searles Valley. Westend Facility, Lake Searles and in the background Trona ... (more)
On the return trip to Searles Valley, the Trona Railway is seen passing the famous Trona Pinnacles.
The Trona Railway begins their day in the late afternoon with the temps pushing 112+ which really didnt seem to phase the crew with how efficient they were working.
The Trona heads out of town with four EMDs in full throttle leading a heavy train.
Trona Railway's evening Turn to the UP interchange heads out of the other-worldly landscape on it's mainline as they approach Searles.
On the return from Searles, half the power was cut allowing this former Southern Pacific tunnel motor to lead the empty string of hoppers back to Trona.