On a sunny afternoon, Amtrak No. 3 departs Galesburg, IL. At Academy, the line splits, with one leg passing through the big yard, and the other past the siding at Clay.
In March of 2008, three big GEs pull a heavy grain train southward on the Choctaw Sub toward Tower 55. Meanwhile, a southbound loaded coal drag on the adjacent main track waits for a crew.
UP 8790 North, a trackage rights train of coal empties, crosses over the Highway 77 in Thackerville. The train is using the BNSF's line between Ft. Worth and Wichita, KS to reach its own rails bac... (more)
Wending its ways along the western shore of the Mississippi River, DM&E 6458 South is headed for the Quad Cities.
An empty BNSF iron ore train heads back to Minnesota for another load of taconite. Directly in front of us is the Mississippi, covered in snow and ice.
A couple CP 40s coupled to an eastbound DM&E manifest await a new crew.
Under a hazy sun, CSX power congregates at the engine terminal. Unlike NS, CSX has retained the red warning lights on the nose of its ex-Conrail power.
As seen from the other side of Interstate 75, rebuilt SD40-2 No. 2416 and slug No. 1055 pull a string of cars toward the south end of the yard. Once there, they'll push the cars over the hump.
Big NS GEVO No. 7504 leads a northbound manifest toward a bridge that crosses over CSX's LCL Sub at Walton, KY.
With CSX tracks on either side of it, NS 9440 North departs Gest St. Yard. The second unit in the consist is the first SD60E, No. 6800.
Late in the afternoon, a southbound coal train meets a train with loads of "snap-track" headed for Argentine Yard.
On a chilly but clear evening in Aurora, IL, the sun is about set over the city, including Metra's fleet of bilevel commuter cars in its yard.
Five big GEs roll off the summit of Curtis Hill with a hot eastbound Z train.
At midday in January 2015, an eastbound BNSF stack train heads out of Woodford, OK, the largest town by far for miles around. Woodward is both a railroad town and an oil refining center.
Bringing back the beautiful sounds of yesteryear, a freshly painted pair of SD45s heads east with a DGNO transfer. The train is bound for UP's Miller Yard.