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Photo ID: 633773

The Laws Railroad Museum provided a nice setting for the newly restored SP 18, and this was one of the more interesting photo ops. The wig wag, dusty crossing, and old cars all seems to fit quite... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-6-0
Location: Bishop, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 18
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 22, 2017


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By: John West

Added: Oct 10, 2017

Views: 1,214
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Photo ID: 632501

The Laws Railroad Museum provided a nice setting for the newly restored SP 18. The museum has only about 2000 feet of "mainline" track but a lot of well preserved infrastructure including a gallo... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 4-6-0
Location: Bishop, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 18
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 22, 2017


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By: John West

Added: Oct 01, 2017

Views: 1,156
Comments: 2

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Photo ID: 625297

Sometimes you don't want a caboose. The 315 had to take a cut of cars up the hill to Cumbres, but the four percent to too much for all the cars and a caboose, so the caboose was left behind. Thi... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 25, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Aug 02, 2017

Views: 1,073
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Favorited: 9

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Photo ID: 624582

I was a California boy, and I had seen stuff like this only in pictures. When Uncle Sam gave me an all expenses paid trip to the East Coast, it was like a whole different world. The GG-1's were ... (more)

Railroad: New York Central
Locomotive: Electric P2a
Location: New York, New York, USA
Locomotive #: NYC 242
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 1962


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By: John West

Added: Jul 27, 2017

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Comments: 10

Favorited: 78

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Photo ID: 621792

You gotta have a caboose. And you want to get home. Given such a challenge railroaders can be very creative. Their regular caboose was bad ordered in Chama, and there was no spare. So rather t... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Chama, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 492
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1964


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By: John West

Added: Jul 02, 2017

Views: 5,522
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Favorited: 38

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Photo ID: 621462

This is what a friend wrote about riding this train back in 1972, "Number 1121/22 runs once a week, and we soon discovered why: its a trip that overwhelms man and machine alike. In the first... (more)

Railroad: Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Locomotive: Steam 2-10-2
Location: Salta, Argentina
Locomotive #: 4351
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: John West

Added: Jun 29, 2017

Views: 1,577
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Photo ID: 621460

In August 1962 Tucuman shed was home to about 65 steamers. No. 841 is a Baldwin 4-8-2 built in 1921.

Railroad: Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Locomotive: Steam 4-8-2
Location: Tucuman, Argentina
Locomotive #: 841
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: John West

Added: Jun 29, 2017

Views: 862
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Favorited: 12
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Photo ID: 612311

Under storm clouds and late afternoon sun, a northbound train heads up the remote Modoc line just north of Crest between Wendel and Alturas in northwestern California. This shortcut between Oreg... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP60
Location: Alturas, California, USA
Locomotive #: SSW 9686
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1996


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By: John West

Added: Apr 05, 2017

Views: 1,440
Comments: 1

Favorited: 16

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Photo ID: 609132

The DRGW K-28 class mikes were mean looking machines with the front mounted air pumps and low profile. This tight view emphasizes a wealth of details on the engine in the soft light of an overcas... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Durango, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 473
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February 23, 2009


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By: John West

Added: Mar 07, 2017

Views: 1,581
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Photo ID: 598020

"The edge of the World", or something like that. The DRGW 315, restored to life by the Durango Railroad Historical Society, heads a chartered "stock" train west around the Lava loop on the Cumbre... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 315
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 03, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Dec 01, 2016

Views: 1,945
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Favorited: 17

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Photo ID: 596433

It is interesting how a different focal length and different framing can change a view. Another of my photos of this train on Joso bridge was posted on RP a few weeks ago, that wide angle version... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Starbuck, Washington, USA
Locomotive #: UP 5509
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 13, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Nov 17, 2016

Views: 10,152
Comments: 4

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Photo ID: 594930

On a cold fall morning, well before the sun has found the valley floor, the 473 sits outside the former DRGW station in Silverton. In an hour or so it would head a chartered mixed train back to D... (more)

Railroad: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Silverton, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 473
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 07, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Nov 03, 2016

Views: 1,790
Comments: 4

Favorited: 14

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Photo ID: 593203

The Portland section of Amtrak's Empire Builder passes across the Columbia from Cascade Locks, Oregon, on its morning run to the City of Roses. I was told that the bare mountainside in the backgr... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Stevenson, Washington, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: ATK 27
Photo Date: September 17, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 19, 2016

Views: 1,757
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Photo ID: 593163

Shortly before sunrise the 489 fills the morning air with smoke as it climbs toward Cumbres. This was part of a two day photo op sponsored by the Friends of the C&TS.

Railroad: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 489
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 05, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 19, 2016

Views: 4,771
Comments: 2

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Photo ID: 591982

At 7:53 a.m. the 489 pulls away from the water plug at Cumbres to begin putting together three cuts of cars into a 30 car train for its trek down the east side of Cumbres. This was part of a two ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Antonito, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 489
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 05, 2016


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By: John West

Added: Oct 09, 2016

Views: 2,044
Comments: 1

Favorited: 18

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