There is no easy route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trains coming to and from Northern California must contend with some of the most hostile and scenic trackage anywhere in the country.
This coal train is making good time rolling along at 45 mph near Elsberry, Missouri.
The CB&Q signal bridge has just five days to live as a active signal bridge as a eastbound coal train passes under. By the 30th, all the searchlights would be gone.