The big cut at Belmont, Nebraska bypassed a summit tunnel thru the top the the Pine Ridge Escarpment. This was the only railroad tunnel in Nebraska. In the late 1970's Crawford Hill was completel... (more)
Nebraska's Mountain Crawford Hill Part II The CB&Q used the horseshoe shaped canyon carved out by Chalk Creek to gain elevation up the Pine Ridge Escarpment. The grade before it was rebuil... (more)
Nebraska's Mountain Crawford Hill With a ruling grade of 1.72%, when compensated, Crawford Hill is the steepest eastbound grade any coal train will encounter leaving the Powder River coal f... (more)
A Fresh 25th anniversary unit leads coal empties down Crawford hill on a beautiful late summer evening
BNSF 5720 leads a train at Windy Point, near Crawford, NE, on May 21, 2005.
So far as I know the only helper district in Nebraska, BNSF's Crawford Hill presents a significant climb for the prevailing flow of tonnage out of the Powder River. While the show here has mostly ... (more)
An empty BNSF coal train traverses the lower horseshoe of Crawford Hill on its way back to the Powder River Basin.
Running with a set of RCPE power, a Nebraska Northwestern train heads into Crawford to interchange with the BNSF.
A Nebraska Northwestern train with RCPE power rolls into Crawford past a dirty set of BNSF helpers. The BNSF local out of Alliance will soon be arriving with an 80+ car train for the NNW crew to t... (more)
One of my favorite locomotive color schemes was that of the Burlington Northern SD70MACs in their original lettering. They ruled the coal routes for several years. Here a trio have paused with the... (more)
An eastbound loaded coal train out of Wyoming begins its assault on Crawford Hill in far northwestern Nebraska. Note the white sand already visible on the trucks of the lead locomotives - this tra... (more)
BNSF 9235 with a fuel tendor and 2 other light helpers returns to Crawford, NE, on May 20, 2005.
A westbound BNSF coal empty rounds the big curve coming down from Breezy Point on Crawford Hill in Nebraska, on July 10, 2018.
SD40-2s 7287 and 7238 haul grain cars towards the upper horseshoe curve.