Founded in 1903 as a way to give the powerhouse Southern Pacific railroad competition into northern California, the Western Pacific was built to connect the Rio Grande railroad in Utah with the Sa... (more)
A pair of helper sets sit in Tehachapi, California, on July 5th, 1998. On the left is Southern Pacific SD40M-2 8650, built by EMD in February 1967 as Chicago & North Western SD45 917. By this da... (more)
Helm Leasing SD40M-3 6080 leads a colorful consist on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe intermodal train near Ilmon, in California's Tehachapi Mountains, on November 29th, 1997. Built in January 197... (more)
There is a lot of power on the head-end of this Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight at Edwards, near California's Edwards Air Force Base, on January 2nd, 1998. Power for this train consists of B... (more)
Southern Pacific SD7 2717 leads a helper set back down the mountain at Walong, California - the famed Tehachapi Loop! - on April 8th, 1973. Built by EMD in July 1953 as SP 5310, the 2717 would be... (more)
On June 7th, 1998, a pair of former Southern Pacific SD70Ms, 9820 and 9807, along with a Union Pacific SD60M, ease a UP freight downgrade at Bealville, in southern California's Tehachapi Mountains... (more)
Built in January 1966, Rio Grande SW1200 137 is seen working the yard in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 29th, 1973.
Nearly-new Amtrak SDP40F 504 gets watered at Los Angeles Union Station after bringing in train #3, the westbound Southwest Limited, on June 26th, 1973. For a short time, as the Amtrak 500s... (more)
And he carries the reminders of ev'ry glove that laid him down ... But the fighter still remains. Built in January 1950 as part of Western Pacific F7 A-B-B-A set 921. By September 3rd, 19... (more)
Electro-Motive lease-fleet SD70M 7001 guides a train downgrade at Woodford, in California's Tehachapi Mountains, on July 17, 1999.
A pair of Western Pacific cabooses, 444 and 474, were found in the railroad's yard in Oroville, California, on September 3rd, 1973.
A trainload of sugar beets holds the siding at Walong, more popularly known at the Tehachapi Loop, on October 22nd, 1972. This unit train is lead by U33C 8689, a pair of SD39s and a U30C.
Chicago & North Western Dash 9-44CW 8637 leads a southbound Union Pacific train under Highway 58 in Woodford, California, as it climbs toward the summit at Tehachapi. The train's consist includes... (more)
Rounding the famed Tehachapi Loop is a four-unit helper set, consisting of three Southern Pacific U30C diesels and one SP SD40. (October 22, 1972)
Resting between assignments in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 29th, 1973, is Rock Island GP40 4715.