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.
An eastbound intermodal train snakes through the curves at Shawmut as it fights the 1.0 percent grade to the summit at Estrella.
UP 657 East sends the vibrations of its prime movers acorss the Sonoran Desert between Bosque and Shawmut as it battles a 1.0 percent grade.
UP 5049 leads a long intermodal train east on track #2 through Cienega Creek as it passes one of several ancient Saguaro's in this area
This train takes around 10 Hours from Saldillo to Ventanas, from east to west.
From behind the cactusses it was a bit painfull to take this picture...
West bound manifest crossing the bridge at Cienega Creek.
A UP westbound led by an ex-SP Dash 9 rolls downhill through cactus groves at Shawmut, about 19 miles east of Gila Bend.
Copper Basin Railway GP39 401 leads a string of empty ore hoppers back to ASARCO's Ray Mine for reloading.
With part of the sun already below the horizon, UP 657 East roars slowly up the grade at Shawmut surrounded by the many saguaros that populate the area.
A pair of brand-new GE C60s pull an eastbound Evergreen Marine double-stack train up the 1.0 percent grade at Shawmut.
A long eastbound vehicle train makes its way up the 1.0 percent grade at Shawmut, its autoracks visible in the distance still rolling through the low-profile forest of saguaros, mesquites, and pal... (more)