The First 100 Yards of the Journey Home - UP 4014 sits in full sun for the first time in 51 years as it starts it's journey home to Cheyenne Wyoming to join the UP steam fleet. The pan... (more)
Two Over the Side - It was a long hike over the mountain from Dos Cabezas, but it was worth the view on the other side. Here - Looking into the gorge from near the tracks, two wrecked box ... (more)
Picked Switch (Derailment) at MP 96 - The first of a set of five (5) former Chicago Northwestern (CNW) commuter cars that were acquired by Chicago Metra (METX) and later sold as surplus lie... (more)
48' UP Areo Wedge - Designed by UP employees to reduce drag on the forward end of a double stack train, the areo wedge was "[y]ears in development, [and] the Arrowedge® is the latest innov... (more)
What "Big" Really Means - UP 4014 sits on track panels in the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona California as it starts it's journey home to Cheyenne Wyoming to... (more)
Metra Cars on Dubbers Spur - After a short hike across the hill from Jacumba Road, the line of five former Chicago Metra cars come into view on Dubbers Spur.
The track on the left is t... (more)
The End of Dubbers Spur - The end of a set of five (5) former Chicago Northwestern (CNW) commuter cars that were acquired by Chicago Metra (METX) and later sold as surplus sit with an old S... (more)
At Least Timmy is Watching for Trains – What can I say, the scene speaks for itself, it is just another Friday night at the train station in Fullerton. Really though, the situation was not as c... (more)
No Pictures Please – I guess I am in the minority with regard to track side contacts with LEO’s regarding the photography of rolling assets belonging to the railroads and their facilities. Wh... (more)
Yellow Box Wreck - On or about May 5, 1965, a student engineer on his first day of work accelerated too fast around the turn by passing Tunnel 7 and this yellow box car derailed.
The car... (more)
East Siding Switch - I found this siding listed as "Carrizo Gorge Siding" on an old topo map of the area and it is not referenced in my copy of the Altamont California Region Tim... (more)
The Newest Addition to the PIR's Collection of Moribund Rolling Stock - [Vernal Equinox 2016 +1 Series] - Congratulations are in order on a job well done for the Pacific Imperial Railroad'... (more)
Dos Cabezas - At one time there was a station building located at Dos Cabezas and a water tower fed from a spring up the hill to the left.
The water tower still remains and it once fe... (more)
Bridge at MP 95.9 - Looking down the main line of the Desert Line towards Dubbers Spur (where the cars are located) and Tunnel #5 where the line enters the gorge from the drop off point at ... (more)
Goat Canyon - The rail line through the Carrizo Gorge was constructed starting in 1906 and it opened in 1919.
Here, an old Santa Fe hopper stands on a siding at Goat Canyon next to the ... (more)