The last customer on the old Sonoma Branch was this turkey farm at Vineburg. It was a rare treat to catch them going out the branch, north from Schellville, to swap cars. Most of the track today i... (more)
ATSF 900 W leads a hot Z train west through the Mojave Desert.
Not even 5 years old, the lead B40-8W was still high quality road power for the ATSF. On todays BNSF, most of the 500's spend their days hauling locals.
SP SD40T-2 Snoot 8318, leads a GE, rare to Northern California, and an SD45T-2 with a general freight out of Antelope Yard, headed for the San Joaquin Valley.
A typical Cal-P power consist guides a monster 150+ car train into the yard at Antelope. SW1500's working in road service was not uncommon on the power short SP. Note the 2nd SD-9 is the 4451, a f... (more)
The Cal-P was a great line to railfan in 1994 and 1995. The SP sent most of it's remaining SD-9's to the Roseville area, and many trains, even this hot trailer train to the Bay Area, would have GP... (more)
Today, power from a different railroad is no big deal. Yet in 1995, it was very rare on the SP in the Bay Area. I about died when I head LAOAT, CSX 6207 W call WR49 on the radio.
A classy consist speeds east through the Mojave Desert on a Fall afternoon in 1994.
The hills are a brilliant green after a long winter of rain, as an A-B-A set of power heads west through Franklin Canyon. The hill I am standing on is now in the middle of the WB lanes of Hwy 4.
Four GP-9's lead the Chevron Tank Train into the yard at Antelope near sunset on a Fall afternoon in 1994.
The results of a shifted lumber load can make quite a mess, as seen here at the east end of the Cal Northern's Lombard Yard.
After a major derailment in Franklin Canyon, the ATSF detoured trains over the SP from Port Chicago to Richmond.
The 199 speeds west through Franklin Canyon. This location today looks very different, with Hwy 4 traveling over the right of way at this location.
Far from home. KCS SD70ACE 4006 leads a WB freight along the Columbia River, and through the small town of Lyle, Wa.
Is it 1994? Or is it 2007? With 4 green units in the head end of this freight along the Columbia River, it's hard to tell.