The Amtrak Empire Builder (train 8) speeds across the plains of Montana east towards Havre paralleling Highway 2 most of the way. Amtrak train 7 will arrive at Havre at the same time and will get ... (more)
The tracks appear to head straight into Grizzly and Red Crow Mountains inside Glacier National Park, the national park that The Great Northern Railway helped promote legislation for that ended up ... (more)
The locomotive line has increased since last time I was at Donkey Creek Yard in Rozet, Wyoming a couple years ago. Located on the north end of the Powder River Basin, hundreds of locomotives are b... (more)
JS 8358 shunts the Nanzhan yard and a track worker inspects the track gauge.
I'm fascinated by the loud speakers along the tracks here. Our guide said they use to call out trains with them, "82 station this is blue loader"
Illuminated by the locomotives lights, this workers gets his locomotive ready as the sun starts to paint the sky at Dongbolizhan Station.
The sun sets on another day but the steam action continues through the night. Taken at 82 Station.
No ones around to shut the water off as it pours over the side of a full tender. Every morning at Dongbolizhan Station, new crews would inspect, clean, oil their locomotives before backing them up... (more)
82 Station is down near the mine's loadout. Would love to spin up that orange phone and see who answers. Most of the control board operators appear to have a fairly relaxed job. We would not have ... (more)
A flagman stands on the back of the coal hopper to signal the headend as they shunt cars at the Nanzhan coal transfer yard. Trucks come and go to the right. Each one appears to be sorted by hand. ... (more)
Leading lines galore. Codeline, dirt road, steam plume, and tracks. Taken near Dongkuang Station.
The barren landscape lead your eyes to Dongkuang Station and a departing train from the open cast coal mine.
Shoveling of some coal at Dongbolizhan Station for the stoves in the maintenance crew buildings along the yard tracks.
Workers at Jichangzhan Workshop do a final inspection and fire up this JS class locomotive which will soon see daylight.
Final touches are being done before they pull this JS class out of the Jichangzhan Workshop.