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Railroad Pole Lines
Photos showing the railroad pole lines. The pole line used four basic electrical circuits - telegraph, telephone, signaling, and power. Modern technologies of fiber optics, microwave, radio, satellite, and computers have been replacing the pole lines.
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Photo ID: 678079

BNSF 7418 leads the Q-RICALT at Sandcut, CA on Union Pacific's Mojave Sub.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Tehachapi Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7418
Train ID: Q-RICALT
Photo Date: May 06, 2013


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By: Darren Megowan

Added: Nov 20, 2018

People's Choice 1

Views: 5,181
Comments: 4

Favorited: 59
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Photo ID: 676758

After a day of slow traffic due to track maintenance the dam finally bursts and a flurry of intermodal trains are unleashed. As the shadows lengthen to engulf the Moapa Valley another westbound ar... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Moapa, Nevada, USA
Locomotive #: UP 8780
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 14, 2018


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By: Paul Sykes

Added: Nov 08, 2018

People's Choice 2

Views: 5,456
Comments: 4

Favorited: 43

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Photo ID: 674924

A 2 hour late Amtrak #4 'The Southwest Chief' starts its climb into the mountains of southern Colorado leaving the New Mexico desert behind.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Raton, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 14
Train ID: AMTK #4
Photo Date: October 06, 2018


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By: Kyle Yunker

Added: Oct 23, 2018

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Views: 4,326
Comments: 8

Favorited: 69

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Photo ID: 672222

An uphill BNSF train passes the 12 derailed boxcars just before tunnel 2 in the Tehachapi Mountains. A few telegraph poles were brought down too, unfortunately.

Railroad: Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Caliente, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7508
Train ID: unknown
Photo Date: September 29, 2018


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By: Arne Brown

Added: Sep 30, 2018

Views: 3,591
Comments: 6

Favorited: 17
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Photo ID: 669052

Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief No. 4 catches this late summer sunset outside of La Junta, Colo., on its eastward journey across the original Santa Fe mainline toward Dodge City, Kan., a... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Bloom, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 2
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: August 20, 2018


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By: Chase Gunnoe

Added: Aug 31, 2018

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Views: 6,155
Comments: 5

Favorited: 63


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Photo ID: 663286

Code line for miles as Q272 makes it way east towards Cincinnati passing the B&O CPL's just outside of Nebraska.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Nebraska, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 3052
Train ID: Q272
Photo Date: July 24, 2016


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By: John Puda

Added: Jul 05, 2018

Views: 683
Comments: 0

Favorited: 11
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Photo ID: 657265

CP GP7 8418 and a pair of GP9s are smoking up the valley with their train brakes as the westbound rail train finishes its descent into Field, BC along the Kicking Horse River.

Railroad: Canadian Pacific Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP7
Location: Field, British Columbia, Canada
Locomotive #: CP 8418
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 05, 1978


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By: Bill Edgar

Added: May 07, 2018

People's Choice 2

Views: 6,950
Comments: 3

Favorited: 57

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Photo ID: 652218

C&O searchlight signals and a mostly intact code line stand guard at CP Turnpike at the south end of CSX's yard in Walbridge. A single ET44AC has pulled clear of the interlocking and waits to back... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ET44AC
Location: Walbridge, Ohio, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 3423
Train ID: CSX Q241
Photo Date: March 10, 2018


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Mar 20, 2018

Views: 1,384
Comments: 0

Favorited: 8

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Photo ID: 652124

A pair of QUBE Logistics QRX diesel electrics lead a short container transfer back toward Junee after working Harefield in southern New South Wales.

Railroad: QUBE Logistics
Locomotive: QUBE QRX Class
Location: Harefield, New South Wales, Australia
Locomotive #: QBX 003
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 12, 2018


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By: Chase Gunnoe

Added: Mar 19, 2018

Views: 999
Comments: 0

Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 646495

Railroad: SNCF
Locomotive: 241P
Location: Luzy, France
Locomotive #: 241P 17
Train ID: -
Photo Date: April 29, 2017


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By: Jean-Marc Frybourg

Added: Jan 30, 2018

Views: 4,130
Comments: 0

Favorited: 7


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Photo ID: 646153

Semaphores, code-lines, and the Chief...Not to much has changed at Chapelle, New Mexico over the decades. Sure the fabled 'Route of the Chiefs' is now owned by BNSF and the last Chief standing is ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Chapelle, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 157
Train ID: A3 1 09
Photo Date: September 10, 2016


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By: Ryan S.

Added: Jan 28, 2018

Views: 1,643
Comments: 3

Favorited: 16
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Photo ID: 641744

Flood duty at the Reeseville Marsh.

Railroad: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific
Locomotive: GE U30C
Location: Reeseville , Wisconsin, USA
Locomotive #: MILW 5652
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1979


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By: Tom Farence

Added: Dec 20, 2017

Views: 5,448
Comments: 4

Favorited: 29
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Photo ID: 641023

Other than a few scraggly trees and old code line poles, the landscape around Risk, Illinois, is pretty flat and bare. With 25 empty potash cars in tow, Bloomer Line GP10's 7591 and 7504 head sout... (more)

Railroad: Bloomer Line
Locomotive: EMD GP10
Location: Risk, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: 7591
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 07, 2017


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By: Casey Thomason

Added: Dec 13, 2017

Views: 1,120
Comments: 0

Favorited: 8
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Photo ID: 628362

The UP Gila Sub is the ex-Southern Pacific Sunset Route that runs 255 miles from Yuma, AZ, to Tuscon, AZ. When I found out of a possible signal replacements coming this summer, I made plans to go ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: West of Wellton, Arizona, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7822
Train ID: UP ABESPX
Photo Date: May 10, 2017


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By: Craig Williams

Added: Aug 27, 2017

Views: 986
Comments: 0

Favorited: 5
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Photo ID: 627667

In a nice yellow sunset, CN 408 rounds the bend at Fort Beausejour, New Brunswick, as they approach the advance signal to Amherst, and cross over the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border.

Railroad: Canadian National Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Fort Beausejour, New Brunswick, Canada
Locomotive #: CN 2965
Train ID: CN A408
Photo Date: June 28, 2017


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By: Matt Landry

Added: Aug 21, 2017

People's Choice 1

Views: 10,162
Comments: 5

Favorited: 57

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