Mom! Don't leave me! The yard crew has just dropped off GP15 UPY 653, and is now heading back into South St. Paul yard.
FURX 5525 and BNSF 2532 await the call by Vancouver Station while BNSF 2935, a GP39E, works the yard in the distance.
It's a frigid winter day, with flurries falling around Mt. Sentinel, as BNSF 4299 and 6987 lead a long hopper train into the Missoula Yard. And I'm standing in snow up to my ankles. In work shoes.
It's the 2018 Big Lick Train Tug! As part of a fundraiser, teams get a shot at seeing how far they can "pull" the 611 in twenty seconds. Incidentally, "Big Lick" is the origina... (more)
The conductor keeps a close eye out as SERA 133 runs around the Sacramento River Train in downtown Woodland.
So I drove from Las Vegas out to Kingman ("lots of trains out there!" they said) only to find the transcon shut down for the whole morning. A couple hours of wandering around, and I stum... (more)
Under smoke-hazed skies of the high plains, BNSF 2648, 2637, and 2106 pull a line of hoppers out of the Great Falls Yard and across the Missouri River towards downtown. The first two units are reb... (more)
Passing a trio of ES44's in the fueling rack, BNSF 5260 and 6935 chug into Missoula Yard, sprinkling corn kernels along the main. I chuckled as this train passed by, as some of the cars' roofs wer... (more)
The orange logo lives on, although most passers-by likely do not know what it represents. Between the Clark Fork River and the University of Montana, this is the former Milwaukee Road mainline in ... (more)
At the tail end of a westbound coal drag, BNSF 6163 fills up at the fueling rack in Missoula. It looks like she's seen a little body shop work since we last saw her at RP.net.
UP 1436 and 1388, both GP40-2's, pull a train out of the South St. Paul Yard. After clearing Barge Channel Road, they will reverse through the crossover seen here and head back towards the yard.
After about a mile of uphill hiking, the Loch Levon Trail crosses the UP line over Donner Pass at this signal bridge. Some patient waiting is rewarded with this short eastbound double stack, as a ... (more)
"Hey! Over here! Don't miss me!" yells a friendly crew member, eliciting a smile from the photographers watching the eastbound California Zephyr pull out of Truckee.
After patiently waiting for the eastbound California Zephyr to clear, UP 7703 is underway westbound, heading for the summit with track inspection vehicle EC-4 in tow.
As there are no grade crossings in this area, I think someone was having fun when they blew the horn right under me. I only jumped slightly. Very slightly.