The Big Boy navigates the twists and turns of San Timoteo Canyon as it flies around a curve at track speed. The locomotive was hard at work, as it could be heard echoing throughout the canyon.
The Fullerton Switcher, which only runs to Pacific Plastics in Brea, CA now, shuttles three loaded hoppers eastbound through the northwestern portion of Orange County on a Wednesday morning.
The Big Boy locomotive climbs up the Cajon Pass as all 23 passenger cars snake along the twists and turns behind it. To the background, Swarthout Canyon Road has become a parking lot as spectators... (more)
After its day layover in Las Vegas, the Big Boy is full steam ahead into California. Many gathered in Nipton, CA to see it go by, tripling the usual population size here. This was the one and only... (more)
The westbound Southwest Chief continues its westward trek toward Los Angeles, with weather conditions improving toward Lamy and Albuquerque. Two target signals guard the west siding switch with St... (more)
Blades Under Threatening Skies - The westbound Southwest Chief splits through the 774 intermediate semaphores and into the sun. Behind the radiant show of sunflowers, lit by a break in the ... (more)
As the Day Wears On - The moon begins to set over northern Arizona as the morning moves deeper into the day. The eastbound empty coal train has just curved the S-curve into Midway, which is... (more)
The eastbound empty coal train continues along at Milepost 60, with only 18 miles left until they arrive at the mine in Kayenta. A Mesa gives some variety to the otherwise desolate looking area.
Sunrise Departure - The eastbound morning empties depart from the Navajo Generating Station under fresh rays of sunlight. Segments of the Kaiparowits Plateau in Utah make their presence kno... (more)
Hi-ball Crozier - This eastbound stack train rolls by the water tank that once serviced the old ATSF Crozier depot. The tank still stands in fairly good shape given its age, and is one of t... (more)
The Last Rays of Sunlight - The unit grain train continues its trek toward California as the day quickly fades away. A small sliver of sunlight illuminates the nose of the locomotive as the... (more)
Rounding Out the Canyon - A loaded unit grain train slithers out of Kingman canyon with a colorful consist as the Santa Fe logo stands tall in the background. This 4x3x2 train will continue... (more)
Rise and Shine - As the graveyard shift finishes the unloading of the overnight's coal train at the Najavo Generating Station, the morning crew prepares to take the train back to the Kayent... (more)
Saying Goodbye - Locals gather at the Milepost 30 Indian Route 21 crossing to watch the coal train go by one last time. This is the last loaded coal train that will run through here in the ... (more)
The Last Daylight Run - The final daylight run of the BM&LP leaves the plant for the Kayenta coal mine, which has ceased all mining operations. The train will run back out one more time at ... (more)