With a big SD45 on the point (actually a rebuild, classed by the Santa Fe as an SD45u I think), an eastbound stack train is rolling fast across the vast Mojave Desert at Essex. The grade will stif... (more)
Relaxing in the restored cab of GN 441 - the luxury locomotive lodge at the Izaak Walton Inn, Essex, Montana.
A manifest rumbles past the small Essex Yard and the Izaak Walton Inn with a rather eclectic lashup, including and SD45-B and an upgraded geep in a GP30 carbody.
A crewman on BNSF 1076 climbs down to inspect a auto-rack train overtaking him at Essex.
Late spring snow comes to Essex, while helpers and local units idle overnight.
Eight BNSF locomotives rest at Essex. The SD40-2s appear to be helper sets. The units to the far right are for maintenance of way. The push-pull tank train is standing ready to fight fires alon... (more)
U.S. economical woes are represented on this BNSF Z train in early 2009, but nonetheless it makes for a pretty sight at Essex sprinting across the high desert toward Barstow on the Needles Sub.
A winter evening in the desert finds a westbound shooter approaching the National Trails Hwy. overpass as sunset approaches on the BNSF Needles Sub.
A westbound passes the Essex RR Museum, not a big display but a good one!
Two helpers switch the Essex yard as a stack train moves west on the main line. The Issak Walton inn stands in the background as one of the best railfanning hotels in the nation. Note the gray b... (more)
Near milepost 619 on the Needles Sub, a manifest works westbound through Essex.
EMD SD-60 demonstrators being evaluated by Santa Fe. This shot was taken from the old route 66 overpass at Essex, CA. The temperature was over 120 degrees when this shot was taken.
SF8211, BNSF4486, SF692, BNSF4642 pass Essex, westbound stack and intermodal service. 10.42Hrs.