The down side of shuffling freight cars via remote control engines is that the operator typically has to stand outside, and in the winter time in Colorado that means subfreezing temperatures.
Oops! BN GP9 1853 stubbed its toe at the Tacoma turntable, and several unhappy BN employees get the privilege of getting her back on track. I don't envy the guy underneath the coupler! 1853 began ... (more)
Bad trip in the freight pool.
Derricks from both the line's owner, L&N, and the Southern derrick from Andover, VA are working to clear up a nasty coal train derailment in 1975. The boom of the derrick shown is the Southern's. ... (more)
The poor old brakeman who drew the short straw to ride up front for five miles is showing the effects from a bitterly cold day. He looks miserable! This is the Corbin, KY wrecker and its outfit tr... (more)
The LaCrosse round house and Rail Detector 800 are the backdrop for our Sunday morning tour as we wait for the eastbound Empire Builder to arrive. I was Firing for John Schwab Adam's Grandpa this ... (more)
Wreck crews from Hulcher wave to Amtrak train 311, ''The Loop'', as it rolls slowly past derailed South Local at the elevator track lead in McLean, Illinois.
Steve Smedley photo
Using a pry bar, sledgehammer, and alot of muscle, the loadout crew closes a few open discharge doors before coal can be loaded.
The crew secures a cable knocked lose by snow and ice. Photo taken with permission and necessary PPE.
Crew change with a lot of bottled water in the Atacama Desert
On the Swiss National Day, 1st of august, the 75 year old double red arrow "Churchill Pfeil" RAe 4/8 # 1021 made a interesting trip on the Gotthard line in search of the myth of the Gotthard, cent... (more)
Assuming the pose of a million engine crews before them, these engine men wait on the loading of their train. Although shot in 2000, I like to think this has a timeless feel.
The East Broad Top... (more)
"Bad Day at Black Rock": NS conductor Darrell Cody (inexplicably wearing a CSX cap) removes the EOT on the rear of an eastbound Yuma Turn at East Stone Gap to allow a rear coupling. Darr... (more)
Bang your head The lite power of today’s Z390 is almost at the rear of its own train where the conductor is busy gathering his thoughts for the next move as he patiently waits for the engin... (more)
Yours truly 29 years ago....photog unknown.