Amtrak 3 leads the California Zephyr westbound at Tunnel 29. This location is where the railroad exits South Boulder Canyon.
Amtrak 114 makes easy work of the 2% grade as it skips towards Tunnel One on the Moffat tunnel Subdivision. This tranquil and famous railman spot along the Front Range will soon be surrounded by h... (more)
Deep in the Wild West of Wyoming a southbound manifest heavy in petroleum coke out of Billings, pulls Sheep Canyon, Wyoming. With several 4x4 vehicles, several cases of beer and good friends the ... (more)
Before the Fire Storm!!! Fires have broken out across British Columbia and this will be the last Southbound train on the BC Rail for about 2 months. This is known as the Grand Canyon of Canada, It... (more)
UP8828 charges into Tunnel 1 of the Moffat Road with a loaded sand train... The heavy westbound consists of a total of 5 big motors distributed 3x2. Note the C44-9W second out in the head-end cons... (more)
A eastbound coal train descends the mountain grade at Rocky, Colorado. This location was once called Arena due to its shape.... The location today still makes for fantastic arena to watch and list... (more)
A westbound Union Pacific sand train curls thru the Big 10 curves leaving Rocky, Colorado. The grade here is very evident as the short heavy train digs into the climb.... The UP 6558 (blt. 3-1997)... (more)
A westbound Union Pacific coal empty climbs the 2% grade of the Moffat Road. It was a balmy 16 degrees when I got in the truck to drive over to Tunnel One, by the time I made the hike it was clos... (more)
Roadrailers sprint upgrade into Caliente, California. Roadrailers were Semi trailers with railroad trucks and rode directly on the rail. This operation was short lived on Tehachapi.
The 1% grade of Logan Hill is the most challenging portion of the south exit out of the Powder River Basin. Two shiny Burlington Northern Sd70Macs and a SD60mac demonstrator scream in Run-8 up the... (more)
A Union Pacific coal load storms up Logan Hill at Converse Junction. On the Antelope Mine lead a BNSF coal load prepares to depart, with a classic quartet of EMD DC traction motors....
ATSF609 was still less than 10 years old, and the paint looked good as it shoved hard into BNSF4669 South (East).... Most mid-train helpers by this date were DPU on Tehachapi.
BNSF 4669 leads a heavy manifest up Tehachapi Pass at Bealville. The C44-9W's still looked New as they twisted thru the serpentine curves. The third unit is a fairly rare ex Santa Fe GP40X.......
A quartet of MRL SD70ACE pushers shoulder into BNSF9242 West at Austin. No Mullan Pass experience is truly fulfilled until you witness a westbound "Heavy" assault the mountain. The steep... (more)
A clean consist of BNSF power lifts a morning coal load up Mullan Pass. The steep compensated grade here is 2.2% and requires 8 big AC locomotives to get this heavily laden unit train up the Conti... (more)