Trona Railway's "Daily Run" crosses Searles Station Rd on it approach to Searles, where the crew will interchange with the Union Pacific before returning to Trona.
Fading light and aging EMD locomotives combine to create a sense of nostalgia as the Trona Railway delivers the day's interchange to the Union Pacific at Searles.
Pulling away from the yard at Oxy, where they just set out the majority of their inbound train, Trona Railway's afternoon job is headed back home. I liked this spot because you can see the majorit... (more)
The Trona Railway heads south past the Searles Valley welcome sign outside of Trona.
A short Trona Railway Searles Turn near West End, Trona CA, 07/31/23.
Electro Motive A vintage quartet of EMD power run towards Searles to pick up a coal train off the Union Pacific interchange. The power is moving along the edge of an ancient lakebed that ... (more)
With an unusual 2 set as opposed to the normal 3-7, Trona's afternoon job is in full dynamics as they wind down the hill towards the storage yard at Oxy. Behind them are a small portion of the fam... (more)
Soon after clearing the storage yard at Oxy far in the distance, the engineer has all 5 of his sun beaten locomotives in the corner as they start up the stair step grade that will soon have the tr... (more)
TRC's afternoon train to Searles glides through the high desert near the Trona Pinnacles. Moments like this, watching SP SD40s roll through beautiful scenery while the purr of the 645 diesels mixe... (more)
After turning their power around on the wye, TRC puts together their outbound train. Most of the train is comprised of empty mineral hoppers, with a few chemical tank cars, and one Department of D... (more)
The railroad is owned by Searles Valley Minerals. The company produces borax, boric acid, soda ash, salt cake, and salt and interchanges with the Union Pacific Railroad at Searles Station outside ... (more)
A nice lash-up of second generation six-axle locomotives blast upgrade out of the Searles Valley. The train heavy in Trona (Soda Ash) was loaded in Trona, CA at the huge chemical p... (more)
The inbound Searles Turn arrives at the UP interchange in the late evening.
An ex-UP SD40-2 and ex-SP SD40T-2 shove hard on the rear of the Trona's outbound Turn to Searles in the desolate landscape.
Searles was the Junction between Southern Pacific's Jawbone Line and and Trona Railway. From here the Trona drops a long steep grade onto the the rim of Death Valley. In the phot... (more)