Dynamic brakes begin to whine as a westbound winds its way through the Sonoran Desert National Monument. Many of the Saguaro cacti are taller than the double-stacked containers.
Another Eastbound crests Shawmut Summit.
UP 5380 has just split the signals at West Cima leading a freight up the 2.2% grade of Cima Hill.
A westbound stack train rolls across the vast Mojave Desert on UP's Cima Sub.
With flowers blooming, prickly cacti and good sunlight, a day at Hill 582 can provide the photographer interesting results.
Copper Basin 502/504 emerge from Tunnel 2 in classic Arizona mountain landscape with another load of copper ore for the smelter in Hayden.
The end-of-train device on this westward recedes toward the summit of Cima Hill on this cool moonlit night in the Mojave Desert.
Union Pacific westbound coal loads begin their long and slow 2.2 percent descent down Cima Hill on a hot afternoon in the Mojave desert.
Copper Basin Railway train OT-1, with 60 cars loaded with 7800 tons of sulfide ore from the copper mine at Ray, heads southbound through a Saguaro forest toward Ray Junction on its run to the smel... (more)
Late on a winter afternoon, an eastbound UP stack train blasts up the 1.0 percent at Shawmut as shadows engulf the slopes of the Maricopa Mountains.
The head end of an eastbound freight flashes past the target signal at Rillito's west end as a giant saguaro stands guard.
Ex-SP tunnel motor 4464 leads an eastbound up the inclined right-of-way surrounded by blooming ocotillos at Shawmut.
15,000 horsepower and 45 freight cars are but a speck on the landscape when compared to the vast California Desert surrounding UP's Cima Subdivision. A magical, mystical place.
The silence of a desert sunrise is broken as UP 9774 slowly grinds uphill with brand new autos in tow.