Mid America Rail Car Leasing (MRLX) EMD FP9 painted in classy Southern Pacific black widow colors rests in the small yard at Marshall, Washington, on May 15, 2010, while working for Washington & I... (more)
MRLX 56 built in 1949 for the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad dead in tow passes the Saratoga Station before tying on the rest on the train. The BL2 is bound for North Creek and will join the Saratoga... (more)
A full moon, the Big Dipper and single street light bring to life a nocturnal scene along the Washington & Idaho Railway, depicting MRLX, the forlorn sister to famed "Black Widow" 6304, awaiting r... (more)
Broken under the stars. Sitting in the late evening warmth, the '11 awaits her day when she'll be working again. This trip to Rosalia shows the unit back together, but still no signs of mov... (more)
On the nose! After her day out on the rails, the '04 is coupled to the '16 and shut down for the day.
All Aboard! The first passenger train on the Palouse in decades loads its final passengers in Plaza before departing to Marshall. In the background, the W&I has WIR 20 standing by just in c... (more)
The last trip down the line Looking down the end of the line, only a few thousand track feet to the end of the former Pullman-Colfax line. Coming to a halt, the FP9 becomes the final locomo... (more)
A first since Amtrak was born! All cleaned and polished, the 04' leads The Washington & Idaho VIP passenger special between Plaza and Marshall, making it the first passenger train on the li... (more)
Sitting, still in disrepair and waiting for duty, 6311 keeps guard outside the old elevators in Rosalia. The setting sun, light pollution from nearby Spokane, and a single mercury vapour light pro... (more)
The hand of an artist.
Back on the Palouse, with no light rail or streetcars for me to photograph, I guess it's time to head out from under the wire back into diesel country *sigh*. Working around Marshall means two dif... (more)
Burlington Northern split pea soup. Behind the power rolls a load of dried peas heading out of the Palouse.
Slow and heavy. Snaking up the grade out of Garfield, the 20 and '04 pump out the power crossing under Highway 195. At the controls, Jeremy throws me the peace sign.
Strung out over the curves of the Palouse, 14 loaded lumber cars, empty hoppers, and a loaded boxcar of peas make the northbound manifest.