A fresh and clean SD70ACe leads an eastbound oil train creeping through the East Oakland signal tower in southeast St. Paul precisely after the Empire Builder cruised through at track speed.
The Empire Builder starts down the River subdivision passing through the East Oakland control point after making a stop at the St. Paul Union Depot, the new home of Amtrak operations in the... (more)
The Empire Builder that originated in Seattle/Portland on Friday, June 28, leaves St. Paul just over and hour and a half late. Emergency crews arrived to meet the train at Midway station f... (more)
Amtrak 156 is leading 808, the "Baby Builder," to Chicago here at East Oakland on the BNSF's St. Paul Subdivision.
Departing MSP some 18 minutes late Amtrak's Empire Builder appears to be trying to make up time as it cruises past me at East Oakland. I was able to get into position just in time. Approximately... (more)
To cover the Thanksgiving rush, the Capitol Corridor borrowed a set of gallery cars and locomotive from CalTrain. The set made a couple trips between San Jose and Sacramento and is seen here passi... (more)
With the lower fall sun angle and the fall colors at peak a couple of SD40-2s rumble through East Oakland. It's been increasingly difficult to find these old workhorses out on the mainlines and i... (more)
Amtrak's Empire Builder is running 42 minutes late out of MSP today. Shortly after I took this photo the engineer notched it up and gave me a good smoke show. I was also getting fr... (more)
An Early morning Run back of Light Engines at East Oakland
The 15-hour late #11 is holding the platform track at OKJ as the Amtrak Coach Yard guys work on it. Passengers can be seen on the middle platform switching to the baby "stub train" #11
Starlate #14 is losing more time seen holding at CP Strong just east of the Oakland's Amtrak station. I love those lights and the moody golden light they give off. That weird gray stuff on the fir... (more)
The MRVSJ 07 highballs a pair of the last target signals in Oakland, CA approaching Fruitvale (just past East Oakland Yard). The former WP/UP ROW is parallel on the right.