The railroad was about a month away from pulling its final trains in July 2019. The rails remain in place, perhaps for future use, but its isolated from the rest of the North American railroad sy... (more)
An operation you had to want to see to get to it. Totally isolated from the rest of North America's rail system once roamed the Black Mesa & Lake Powell, delivering coal loads around the clock fr... (more)
A BMLP empty prepares to load it's train at Kayenta.
The last ever daylight BMLP coal load approaches the generating station in Page on August 25th 2019.
The last ever daylight run of the Black Mesa & Lake Powell cuts it's way through the northern Arizona desert.
Its around 3am in the middle of know along one of the coolest land locked railroads there is without a sound to be heard besides the wind blowing across the vast openness and the occasional passin... (more)
The sun has long since set on the days of the BMLP but 12 days before the railroad would run their last train, it was business as normal with 3 trains running a day to and from the mine. Here near... (more)
Four BM&LP E60's lead an empty coal to Black Mesa across the Navajo reservation at Kaibito, AZ.
BM&LP coal empties make way out of Page on a nice, sunny morning.
After another 3 hour drive to give the signature shot at Lake Powell one last shot, the morning empty wasted no time departing at 0700 sharp just as a nice suckerhole in the high elevation clouds ... (more)
Black Mesa & Lake Powell empties swing around the loop track at the loadout for Peabody Western near Kayenta, AZ.
BM&LP empties cross the last public road and head into the loop track for the Peabody loadout.
After turning the corner at Cow Springs, the empty Black Mesa & Lake Powell train heads east along US 160 to the loadout near Kayenta.
BM&LP empties roll through Coconino County as the approach the overpass for Indian Route 21 just south of Kaibito.
A beautiful day comes to a close as the Black Mesa & Lake Powell heads for the power plant in Page, AZ. These unique E60 locomotives no doubt saw a large number of beautiful sunsets, but the BM&LP... (more)