Marching through the desert A Santa Fe westbound passes a Joshua tree west of Jimgrey, California, on March 7, 1996. Even though the railroad is now officially BNSF at this date, it’s hard to tell. Powering the train are six good-looking EMDs: lead locomotive SD45-2 No. 5801, a GP39-2r, a GP50, a GP20, and followed up with two SD40-2s.
There are times when many engines, cars or cabooses are concentrated in a location. Such sites are for storage, economic reasons, active power needs or for rebuilding. For others, wear and tear have brought their usefulness to and end.