Pushing northbound through the pretty Maryland countryside with Vardo Yard soon to come.
The Capitol Limited passes the Metro Twinbrook station. Hopefully all of the complicated hardware seen on the Metro tracks (lower 2) are being looked at as part of the SafeTrack effort, a series ... (more)
A manifest heads east towards Benning Yard, about to leave ex-PRR rails in favor of ex-B&O rails, having recently left ex-B&O rails. A beautiful day at this location!
An Acela slows down as it eases into its final stop at Washington Union Station. K Tower has been passed by Acelas and their predecessors many, many times, and still witnesses hundreds of movemen... (more)
The wig-wag in Oakdale, CA still stands, apparently still in use (no trains passed while I was there) protecting the E Street crossing on what appears to be the Sierra Northern (but I have since b... (more)
611 passing through horse country in Virginia. Image taken from private property with permission of the owner.
Note: minor plastic piece removed from field digitally.
The 611 eastbound crossing over the bridge in Applewood still labelled for the Southern. While we waited for the train, the property owner came by and placed a flag on his mailbox; reason unknown ... (more)
Behind the Scenes II In preparation for a photo charter, the WMSR crew prepares the train on the yard lead at Ridgeley. This is the first of many switches that turns a yard lead into a mul... (more)
Behind the Scenes In preparation for a photo charter, the WMSR crew starts the day preparing the passenger train (to follow the steam photo freight) on the yard lead at Ridgeley.
The Capitol Limited heads west under the Talbot Road bridge, an upside down turntable.
For other views at Georgetown Junction, go Railroad: AmtrakLocomotive: GE P42DCLocation: Silver Spring, Maryland, USALocomotive #: AMTK 176Train ID: CSX P029Photo Date: April 24, 2016
A great day to be outdoors!
It's all about the plume! "Mountain Thunder" climbs the grade one more time; shortly it heads in for its 1472 day inspection.
Photo charters need preparation It can be interesting to see what goes on before a photo charter starts. Here, the former main to Maryland Jct. and points west and east is occupied by the... (more)
Pump It Up! Usually a WMSR trip is done without refilling the tender, but on this day they chose to add water at the midpoint of the trip in Frostburg, with water pumped from a hydrant by ... (more)
One Last Pull! 100-year old WMSR 734 pulls out of the yard in Ridgeley early in the morning to start what was expected to be its last day of service before its 1472-day inspection. Since t... (more)