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Railroad Pole Lines
Photos showing the railroad pole lines. The pole line used four basic electrical circuits - telegraph, telephone, signaling, and power. Modern technologies of fiber optics, microwave, radio, satellite, and computers have been replacing the pole lines.
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Photo ID: 742477

In the moments before a violent thunderstorm unleashes its precipitation the clouds take on this dark ominous appearance. Hail stones and large rain drops are beginning to ping, and plonk; a waiti... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Spruce, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 9032
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 05, 2019


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By: Coloradorailphotographer

Added: Jul 16, 2020

People's Choice 1

Views: 7,515
Comments: 3

Favorited: 69
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Photo ID: 740315

After dropping a car on a customer siding in Middleport, New York, the Falls Road Railroad crew is tied back on to their train. The engineer applies the throttle and the pair of Alco's let out a p... (more)

Railroad: Falls Road Railroad
Locomotive: Alco RS-32
Location: Middleport, New York, USA
Locomotive #: DL 2035
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 06, 2020


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By: mtnclimberjoe

Added: Jun 24, 2020

Views: 574
Comments: 0

Favorited: 5

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Photo ID: 739949

With code line still standing in pristine condition, Amtrak's Southwest Chief rolls through the open plains of Colorado towards Trinidad and Raton Pass

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Delhi, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 153
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 20, 2020


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By: Jadon H.

Added: Jun 20, 2020

Views: 1,147
Comments: 0

Favorited: 5

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Photo ID: 734401

CSX J780 rolls past the out-of-service siding in Brownstown, which still sports a B&O bracket signal.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-3
Location: Brownstown, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6517
Train ID: CSX J780
Photo Date: April 28, 2020


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By: Tyler Guthrie

Added: Apr 29, 2020

Views: 1,229
Comments: 0

Favorited: 5
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Photo ID: 733979

A westbound Southern Pacific piggyback train passes Redwood Jct. Tower sometime in the 1950s. This image on SP's San Francisco Subdivision was taken by the late John E. Shaw, Jr.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD F3(A)
Location: Redwood City, California, USA
Locomotive #: SP 6176
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: 1956


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By: Wendel Moran

Added: Apr 25, 2020

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People's Choice 3

Views: 9,528
Comments: 10

Favorited: 70

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Photo ID: 730476

The Southwest Chief splits a pair of semaphore signals as it navigates the tight twists and turns along BNSF's Glorieta Subdivision. In 2020, the semaphores along this route were the last ... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Ojita, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 146
Train ID: A3 1 04A
Photo Date: March 05, 2020


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By: Jake Miille

Added: Mar 29, 2020

Views: 1,065
Comments: 0

Favorited: 14

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Photo ID: 728608

Reading and Northern PIME kicks up freshly fallen snow alongside the code line along the former Lehigh Valley Mainline westbound to Mehoopany.

Railroad: Reading & Northern
Locomotive: EMD GP39RN
Location: Tunkhannock , Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: RBMN 2530
Train ID: RBMN PIME
Photo Date: February 09, 2020


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By: Duncan Mara

Added: Mar 12, 2020

Views: 955
Comments: 0

Favorited: 5
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Photo ID: 721806

CSX Q504-04 runs east through some morning sleet on as its about to slow down and set off eight cars in the siding just east of here. The three pack of SD40-2's, code line, and B&O CPL's made it f... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Butlerville, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8335
Train ID: CSX Q504-04
Photo Date: January 04, 2020


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By: Kelly Thompson

Added: Jan 05, 2020

Views: 899
Comments: 0

Favorited: 3
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Photo ID: 720236

NS Norfolk Southern heritage unit leads container train NS 21Z westbound passing MP 388 intermediate NYC signals on the NS Chicago Line.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Wawaka, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8114
Train ID: NS 21Z
Photo Date: March 23, 2018


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By: Matt Weldon

Added: Dec 20, 2019

Views: 869
Comments: 0

Favorited: 4

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Photo ID: 719232

Wagons East!!!

For years, I've joked with fellow coworker and RailPictures contribuitor Elijah Cross about getting a very long telephoto lens and shooting the intermediate pai... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P40DC
Location: Wagon Mound, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 165
Train ID: AMTK 4
Photo Date: December 09, 2019


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By: William Diehl

Added: Dec 10, 2019

People's Choice 4

Views: 8,038
Comments: 3

Favorited: 49

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Photo ID: 713548

CSXT 2555 comes into Medora, Indiana splitting old B&O CPL's in the Indiana countryside.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Medora, Indiana, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 2555
Train ID: CSX J780-19
Photo Date: October 19, 2019


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By: Kelly Thompson

Added: Oct 19, 2019

Views: 891
Comments: 0

Favorited: 6
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Photo ID: 713470

Bloomer Line Veteran leads corn train At 64 years old, Bloomer Line 7549 South blasts past old code line alongside the former Wabash mainline that once hosted the streamliner "Blue Bird&quo... (more)

Railroad: Bloomer Line
Locomotive: EMD GP10
Location: Strawn, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: BLOL 7549
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 18, 2019


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By: Steve Smedley

Added: Oct 19, 2019

Views: 1,935
Comments: 1

Favorited: 15
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Photo ID: 712346

Due to problems with the code-line Amtrak's westbound Southwest Chief is running on restrictive signals between Springer and Colmor. As a wild weather system moved across northern New Mexico a bri... (more)

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: GE P42DC
Location: Robinson, New Mexico, USA
Locomotive #: AMTK 159
Train ID: A3 1 03
Photo Date: October 04, 2019


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By: Ryan Slaton

Added: Oct 09, 2019

Views: 1,673
Comments: 0

Favorited: 11
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Photo ID: 704587

A loaded coal train makes its way through the farms and fields of the Colorado flatlands, as it heads down the BNSF Pueblo Subdivision, which is former Missouri Pacific territory. This stretch of ... (more)

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Boone, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 5989
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 20, 2019


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By: Jake Maiello

Added: Jul 24, 2019

Views: 977
Comments: 0

Favorited: 6

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Photo ID: 678079

BNSF 7418 leads the Q-RICALT at Sandcut, CA on Union Pacific's Mojave Sub.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Tehachapi Pass, California, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 7418
Train ID: Q-RICALT
Photo Date: May 06, 2013


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By: Darren Megowan

Added: Nov 20, 2018

People's Choice 1

Views: 6,564
Comments: 5

Favorited: 67
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