A northbound coal empty illuminates the grade as it climbs into Palmer Lake under the watchful presence of the iconic Star of Palmer Lake which is just wrapping up its 81st year of operation on th... (more)
BNSF 8767 and a sister ACe were dispatched as manned helpers to rescue a manifest which had stalled out on the ascent up the Palmer Divide, seen here from the famed railfan hump pulling up the gra... (more)
BNSF 8562 brings up the rear of a southbound coal train as it tops the divide in Palmer Lake, CO as seen from Ben Lomand Mountain.
BNSF 9094 leads a southbound coal empty through Greenland as Pikes Peak stands watch more than 25 miles away.
BNSF 9029 sits on the rear of a southbound coal train stopped in The Sag at Spruce, CO as freshly-fallen snow blows off of Pikes Peak as a harbinger of what's to come. The Pikes Peak Region was u... (more)
BNSF 9123 brings up the rear of a northbound coal empty as it exits the peaceful scene in Greenland, CO. iPhone 5s photo.
BNSF 8999 leads a string of coal down the grade out of Palmer Lake after a recent blast of fresh snow. A new ACe, fresh snow, blue skies, and mountains...does it get any better?!?
I was a bit surprised to see that no photos of the former Vomit Bonnet have been uploaded to RP in the nearly two years since she hit the paint booth, but here she is in the Swoosh scheme on the t... (more)
BNSF 9235 leads another string of coal up the grade through Greenland while a couple of horses chill by the big red barn.
BNSF 5609 leads a loaded coal train south onto the siding at the south end of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
At a little more than 2 weeks old, fresh'y new BNSF 8497 leads coal south through the S-curves just south of Monument, CO. The Joint Line has been blessed with a glut of new ACes recently.
Stacks on the Joint Line...something you don't see every day! Actually, these are empties and this is a "repo" train, meaning the railroad is repositioning these empty containers to ano... (more)
Plenty of classic photos exist of the two mains at the old crossover at Spruce, CO looking south toward Palmer Lake, but not many exist looking the other way. Here we see a northbound manifest in... (more)
Beaten and battered veterans lead a northbound manifest just north of Palmer Lake, CO.
A blank-face MAC leads coal south through Larkspur. I like the Exec MACs, but they just don't look right without the 'BN' nose herald...