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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Seligman, Arizona; October 22, 2000)
One of the unfortunate effects of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe merger of 1996 was the replacement of the classic Santa Fe signal bridges with the ...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Williams, Arizona (Crookton Cutoff); October 22, 2000)
Here on the Crookton Cutoff, just north of Williams, Arizona, an eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight approaches one of the remaining "old-s...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Williams, Arizona (Crookton Cutoff); October 22, 2000)
An eastbound freight on the Crookton Cutoff, north of Williams, Arizona, approaches the junction with the Phoenix line at Williams Junction.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 1981)
An eastbound Union Pacific freight, tenant on the Santa Fe's Cajon Pass line, climbs towards Summit.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 1981)
An eastbound Union Pacific freight, tenant on the Santa Fe's Cajon Pass line, nears Alray as it continues towards Summit. The Southern Pacific's Colto...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 7, 1981)
An eastbound Santa Fe freight emerges from Blue Cut near Cajon as it climbs towards the summit of Cajon Pass.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 7, 1981)
This eastbound Santa Fe freight, sporting several GP30s in its consist, continues its climb towards the summit of Cajon Pass. The Southern Pacific's C...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 7, 1981)
More of the eastbound freight as it ascends Cajon Pass. Remember when "piggyback" (TOFC) was king?.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 7, 1981)
An Amtrak train takes the eastbound main at Cajon as it climbs towards the summit of Cajon Pass.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); November 7, 1981)
A westbound Amtrak train heads downgrade at Cajon towards the Los Angeles Basin; the eastbound main is in the foreground.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
A westbound Union Pacific freight prepares for the downhill plunge through Cajon Pass as it passes through Summit.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
Another westbound freight, Santa Fe this time, crests the grade at Summit and prepares for the descent of Cajon Pass.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
A westbound freight passes through Summit, bearing the "kodachrome" paint scheme intended for the ill-fated Santa Fe-Southern Pacific merger. And ther...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
This westbound freight is about to hit the descending grade of Cajon Pass as it passes through Summit.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
Although this looks like one of those Pictures You Should Never Take, those are actually helpers moving away from the photographer at Summit.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
Here at the west end of Summit is the actual beginning of the Cajon Pass downgrade.
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
Yet another westbound freight arrives at Summit. This view would be very different today, with floodlights and security fencing everywhere. The ...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (California (Cajon Pass); May 15, 1988)
Here, just west of Summit, one gets an actual idea of the challenge faced in building over Cajon Pass. The two tracks will soon separate, with the ori...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Chicago, Illinois; July 27, 1971)
The Super Chief leaves Chicago in late afternoon, as seen from the Damien Avenue Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. Although Amtrak has been in charg...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Chicago, Illinois (Twenty-First Street Crossing); June 3, 1973)
Amtrak was already over two years old when this was taken, but service over Santa Fe routes could still be counted on to host Santa Fe power. That the...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Chicago, Illinois (Twenty-First Street Crossing); June 3, 1973)
The Texas Chief is heading out of Union Station on its way to the Southwest, and in spite of early Amtrak operation still looks elegant. The tr...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Chicago, Illinois (Twenty-First Street Crossing); June 3, 1973)
Having crossed the Chicago River (South Branch) the Texas Chief has turned onto Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (former Alton) rails and will shortly cross...
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Chicago, Illinois (Union Station); June 3, 1973)
Two years after the inception of Amtrak the Super Chief has been relegated to Santa Fe freight diesels, although a few warbonnet units remain i...
Baltimore & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Grand Central Station); June 3, 1973)
Yes, there was a Grand Central Station, but in 1973 it weren't there no more, as this shot attests; the historic station was demolished in 1971. This ...
Baltimore & Ohio (South Chicago, Illinois (South Chicago Crossing); June 2, 1973)
At one time the Baltimore & Ohio's passenger trains followed a tortuous route into Chicago. Although this line was still in use for freight, passenger...
Baltimore & Ohio (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1972)
The tangle of roads in the Chicago metropolitan area begins to sort itself out at State Line Crossing, straddling the Indiana/Illinois border just wes...
Baltimore & Ohio (Athens, Ohio; May 27, 1974)
The Baltimore & Ohio's Marietta & Cincinnati mainline across south central Ohio at one time passed through the town of Athens, home of Ohio University...
Baltimore & Ohio (Athens, Ohio; May 27, 1974)
Passenger service to Athens was one of the many casualties of Amtrak, leaving this attractive station inactive. As late as 1968 two passenger trains a...
Baltimore & Ohio (Athens, Ohio; May 27, 1974)
The Baltimore & Ohio's former Marietta & Cincinnati main line in Athens, Ohio. This view is looking east.
Baltimore & Ohio (Athens, Ohio; May 27, 1974)
This shot was taken on the other side of the bridge in the preceding shot, this time looking west at an approaching eastbound. Soon this freight will ...
Baltimore & Ohio (Girard, Ohio; December 30, 1971)
Taken from Girard's Liberty Street Bridge looking north, this view is of is one of those "funnels" in which multiple railroads run side by side to gai...
Baltimore & Ohio (Kent, Ohio; March 28, 1971)
In the college town of Kent, Ohio the Baltimore & Ohio and Erie mainlines ran north and south through town along the Mahoning River (on the left), sep...
Baltimore & Ohio (North Warren, Ohio (BO Crossing); August 1981)
Warren, Ohio in the mid-twentieth century was a railfan paradise, with multiple rail lines running in every direction. The Baltimore & Ohio's Lake Sub...
Baltimore & Ohio (North Warren, Ohio (BO Crossing); August 1981)
This view is looking south along the B&O's Lake Subdivision (Girard to Painesville, Ohio) at BO Crossing in North Warren, Ohio. The tracks in the fore...
Baltimore & Ohio (Ravenna, Ohio; March 28, 1971)
In 1899 both the Baltimore & Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroads began planning new lines between Niles and Ravenna, Ohio. The Pennsylvania needed a throu...
Baltimore & Ohio (Warren, Ohio; July 18, 1970)
The Baltimore & Ohio's former Pittsburgh & Western main ran from Ohio Junction in Girard, Ohio to re-join the B&O mainline in Newton Falls. The sectio...
Baltimore & Ohio (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
The Baltimore & Ohio's mainline bypassed downtown Youngstown by hugging the opposite bank of the Mahoning River. Above to the right is the Lake Erie &...
Baltimore & Ohio (Youngstown, Ohio (NK Yard); July 30, 1970)
NK Yard, located just east of downtown Youngstown, was the Great Melting Pot for the city's railroads, where Baltimore & Ohio, New York Central (and ...
Baltimore & Ohio (Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; July 2, 1971)
Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, in addition to being a highly scenic spot on the Youghiogheny River, also hosted the mainlines of the Baltimore & Ohio and the...
Baltimore & Ohio (Cameron, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
One wonders how many fine stations like this one are hidden throughout West Virginia, in many cases by abandoned roadbeds. Judging from the appearance...
Baltimore & Ohio (Grafton, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
The Baltimore & Ohio's original mainline from Baltimore to St. Louis passed through Grafton, West Virginia, where subsidiary lines to Wheeling and Cha...
Baltimore & Ohio (Grafton, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
At Grafton, West Virginia the Baltimore & Ohio's line from St. Louis arrived from the southwest and crossed the Tygart Valley River before joining the...
Baltimore & Ohio (Grafton, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
Below is the Baltimore & Ohio's line to St. Louis as it crosses the Tygart Valley River and heads southwest. This slide was taken from an unidentified...
Baltimore & Ohio (Grafton, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
At Grafton, West Virginia, a branch to Cove Run, Moatsville and Overfield left the St. Louis main to cross Three Fork Creek and head south along the e...
Baltimore & Ohio (Grafton, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
The Baltimore & Ohio maintained a major roundhouse in Grafton, West Virginia at the junction of the St. Louis mainline with several branches and subsi...
Baltimore & Ohio (Hundred, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
Another look at the line (now abandoned) through Cameron, West Virginia. This tunnel is near Hundred, south of Cameron.
Baltimore & Ohio (Shinnston, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
Shinnston, West Virginia is located between Fairmont and Clarksburg on one of the innumerable now-abandoned coal-mining branches that used to blanket ...
Baltimore & Ohio (Shinnston, West Virginia; August 21, 1972)
Another shot of the same train heading southwest into Shinnston, West Virginia, again from the U.S. Highway 19 bridge.
Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
At Forest Hill Crossing north/south lines of the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal and Pennsylvania (Penn Central) cross east/west lines of the Wabash...
Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
A Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal transfer run approaches Forest Hill Crossing, where it will cross the rails of the Chesapeake & Ohio, Belt Railway...
Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (Riverdale, Illinois (Barr Yard); July 26, 1971)
The Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad's Barr Yard is the nerve center for its Chicago operations, seen here from the South Halsted Street bri...
Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (Riverdale, Illinois (Barr Yard); July 26, 1971)
A look at the midpoint of Barr Yard, again taken from the South Halsted Street bridge, this time looking east.
Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal (Riverdale, Illinois (Barr Yard); July 26, 1971)
Another view of the west end of the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal's Barr Yard, from the South Halsted Street Bridge.
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
The Belt Railway of Chicago was a frequent visitor to most of the crossings and junctions in the Chicago area. Here at Forest Hill Crossing an eastbou...
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
It was difficult in the seventies to roam around Chicago without encounting the black, gray and yellow units of the Belt Railway of Chicago. Here at F...
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
Another eastbound Belt Railway of Chicago transfer run at Forest Hill Crossing. The BRC had a number of these Alco Century units, and did they ever lo...
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
This Belt Railway of Chicago transfer run at Forest Hill Crossing is on the connecting track between the Chesapeake & Ohio/BRC joint tracks and the Ba...
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (Pullman Junction); June 2, 1973)
A Belt Railway of Chicago transfer run has finished its business and is returning through Pullman Junction on joint Chesapeake & Ohio/BRC trackage. No...
Belt Railway of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois (South Chicago Crossing); June 2, 1973)
A Belt Railway of Chicago run heads for the U.S.Steel South Chicago plant. To the left is the former Pennsylvania Railroad main line (now Penn Central...
Bessemer & Lake Erie (Osgood, Pennsylvania; July 25, 1972)
At Osgood, Pennsylvania, the Bessemer & Lake Erie's Kremis-Osgood Cutoff spans the valley of the Shenango River and three railroad lines. One of those...
Bessemer & Lake Erie (Osgood, Pennsylvania; July 25, 1972)
The Bessemer & Lake Erie's original main line through Osgood, Pennsylvania, runs alongside the Shenango River; Baldwin switcher no. 405 is handling ca...
Bessemer & Lake Erie (Osgood, Pennsylvania; August 15, 1972)
The Bessemer & Lake Erie's Kremis-Osgood Cutoff was a major engineering feat, bypassing grade crossings in Greenville, Pennsylvania and tortuous runni...
Big Four (New York Central) (Indianapolis, Indiana; May 24, 1975)
The former Big Four mainline west of Indianapolis. Both of those upper aspects sure look yellow, but based on position one of them ought to be green. ...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 27, 1970)
As seen from Cleveland's Lorain Avenue bridge looking southeast, a Penn Central local with a GP30 running long end first on former Big Four rails head...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Once the Big Four's line into Cleveland from the south split off from the Cleveland Union Terminal passenger line, its status as a slow freight line b...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Looking northeast from Cleveland's 25th Street bridge, the former Big Four freight line to the lakefront is below. The bridge in the upper center carr...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The massive viaduct carrying the Cleveland Union Terminal and Cleveland Rapid Transit rails dominates this photo, but behind it a Penn Central freight...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
A Penn Central freight on former Big Four rails has just passed under the Superior Avenue bridge (U.S Highway 6/20/542) on its way to the former New Y...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
In this view from Cleveland's Superior Avenue looking south, the former Big Four crosses the Cuyahoga River on a massive lift bridge (though not as la...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
The Big Four's northbound mainline through Cleveland eventually connected with the New York Central's lakefront line at "FS" tower. First, however, it...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
Two Penn Central cab units and a New York Central unit that so far has escaped the paint shop head north under the West 24th Street bridge on former B...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
There are (or were) many interesting junctions in Cleveland, Ohio if one knew where to look. In this view, looking south from West 24th Street, we hav...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
This view, looking southeast from Cleveland's Lorain Avenue bridge, shows three Penn Central units heading north on the former Big Four Cleveland frei...
Big Four (New York Central) (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
Another view looking south from the Lorain Avenue bridge, this time showing the Nickel Plate Road's massive lift bridge over the Cuyahoga River in the...
Big Four (New York Central) (Marion, Ohio; May 23, 1975)
Marion, Ohio marks the end of paired trackage by the Erie and Big Four (Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati & St. Louis) between Galion and Marion, Ohio. T...
Big Four (New York Central) (Marion, Ohio; May 23, 1975)
Another look at the end of paired trackage by the Erie and Big Four (Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati & St. Louis) between Galion and Marion, Ohio. Alth...
Big Four (New York Central) (Marion, Ohio; May 23, 1975)
The platform shed for Marion Union Station is barely visible in this view of the end of paired trackage by the Erie and Big Four (Cleveland, Chicago, ...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
As late as 1971 one could still find these little wooden-sided cabooses on the Baltimore & Ohio's lesser byways. This one is at the West Avenue yard i...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
This former West Rochester Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh station at West Ave. has seen better days. The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh was absorbed...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
Just south of its interchange with the New York Central, the former Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (Baltimore & Ohio at the time) heads souith toward...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
This view is looking north along the former Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh. The West Rochester station at West Ave. is barely visible in the distance...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
In 1971 the former Pennsylvania Railroad branch to Rochester was still in use by Penn Central for local switching. Its crossing with the former Buffal...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
West Rochester is where the former Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (at this time Baltimore & Ohio) interchanged with the New York Central Railroad in ...
Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (West Rochester, New York (Brooks Avenue Station); April 9, 1971)
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh's Brooks Avenue station, in addition to being architecturally distinctive, is also quite old. Built in 1913, it's ...
Canadian National (Toronto, Ontario (Toronto Union Station); June 9, 1972)
An afternoon's layover in Toronto's Union Station provided the opportunity to grab some shots of Canadian National rolling stock, such as these wooden...
Canadian National (Toronto, Ontario (Toronto Union Station); June 9, 1972)
Someone more familiar with Canatian National's Toronto facilities can probably identify this engine terminal better than I. I onlyh know it was within...
Canadian National (Toronto, Ontario (Toronto Union Station); June 9, 1972)
Another look at the Canadian National engine terminal west of Toronto Union Station.
Canadian National (Toronto, Ontario (Toronto Union Station); June 9, 1972)
With an extensive passenger service, Canadian National made heavy use of Budd railcars. And those things were fast!
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
Here one of the Cass Scenic Railroad's Shays (probably #2) prepares for the day's chores by loading up coal and water. The line which became the Cass ...
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
One of the Cass Scenic Railroad's public "bench cars" is being moved into position for the first run of the day by an unidentified Shay, probably #2.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
A closer look at the Cass Scenic Railroad's well-preserved Pacific Coast Shay #2, built in 1928 for the Mayo Lumber Company in British Columbia.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
Inside the cab of Cass Scenic Railroad Pacific Coast Shay #2.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
Cass Scenic Railroad Pacific Coast Shay #2 prepares for the day's work.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
Pacific Coast Shay #2 on the Cass Scenic Railroad at Cass, West Virginia.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
A view from above of some of the Cass Scenic Railroad facilities, with Shay #5 in the foreground. This locomotive was actually built for the West Virg...
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
"The little red caboose" was never a truer description (in more ways than one) than here of the Cass Scenic Railroad's no. 90788.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
A double-headed passenger excursion heads up Whittaker Hill on the Cass Scenic Railroad.
Cass Scenic Railroad (Cass, West Virginia; August 22, 1972)
A closer look at the Cass Scenic Railroad double-headed passenger excursion as it climbs Back Allegheny Mountain towards its destination of Bald Knob,...
Chesapeake & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing); July 27, 1971)
In 1971 it was still possible to shoot a caboose like this one, on a transfer run at Brighton Park Crossing in Chicago.
Chesapeake & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
The many crossings and junctions in the Chicago area provided endless variety before the merger mania hit with a vengeance. The Chesapeake & Ohio frei...
Chesapeake & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Pullman Junction); June 2, 1973)
An eastbound Chesapeake & Ohio freight running on Chicago & Western Indiana trackage threads its way through Pullman Junction, crossing Chicago, Rock ...
Chicago & Eastern Illinois (Chicago, Illinois (Forest Hill Crossing); June 18, 1972)
Forest Hill Crossing in Chicago marks the crossings of the Pennsylvania (Penn Central), Baltimore & Ohio, Wabash (Norfolk & Western), Chesapeake & Ohi...
Chicago & Illinois Midland (Springfield, Illinois; May 24, 1975)
A look at the Chicago & Illinois Midland engine house in Springfield, Illinois.
Chicago & North Western (Blue Island, Illinois (Blue Island Crossing); July 26, 1971)
At many of the junctions and crossings in the Chicago area one was liable to see almost anything if you waited long enough, due to the constant parade...
Chicago & North Western (Chicago, Illinois (Mayfair Crossing); May 30, 1973)
At Mayfair Crossing the Chicago & North Western's Northwest Line and the Milwaukee Road's mainline to Milwaukee cross. This commuter train is heading ...
Chicago & North Western (Chicago, Illinois (Mayfair Crossing); May 30, 1973)
DescriptionAnother Chicago & North Western outbound commuter run is about to cross Milwaukee Road rails at Mayfair Crossing.
Chicago & North Western (Chicago, Illinois (Mayfair Crossing); May 30, 1973)
Just south of Mayfair Crossing is the Milwaukee Road's Mayfair Station. Here, looking north from the platform, we can see a Chicago & North Western ou...
Chicago & Western Indiana (Chicago, Illinois (Dearborn Station); August 28, 1971)
One of the first victims of Amtrak was Dearborn Station, as Amtrak consolidated its trains into Union Station as quickly as possible. It's nearly five...
Chicago & Western Indiana (Chicago, Illinois (Dearborn Station); August 28, 1971)
Seen from Roosevelt Road looking north, Dearborn Station itself shows no signs of life almost five months after the April 1 startup of Amtrak. The fam...
Chicago & Western Indiana (Chicago, Illinois (Dearborn Station); June 3, 1973)
After two years of disuse, the station throat into Dearborn Station is now weed-grown and the dwarf signals are dark. Judging from the rust, only the ...
Chicago & Western Indiana (Dolton, Illinois (Dolton Crossing); June 6, 1973)
The Chicago & Western Indiana line down to Dolton Crossing, south of Chicago, hosted trains of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois, often with Louisville &...
Chicago River & Indiana (Chicago, Illinois (Ash Crossing); July 27, 1971)
Ash Crossing is one of the more impressive diamond crossings in the Chicago area. Rails heading away from the camera, from left to right, belong to th...
Chicago Short Line (Chicago, Illinois (Pullman Junction); June 2, 1973)
The Chicago Short Line primarily served the Youngstown Sheet and Tube steel mill in East Chicago as well as some lineside industries. Here EMD switche...
Chicago Short Line (Chicago, Illinois (Pullman Junction); June 2, 1973)
A Chicago Short Line coal run, headed by CSL no. 31, is seen on Chicago & Western Indiana trackage at Pullman Junction as it crosses the South Chicago...
Chicago Short Line (Chicago, Illinois (South Chicago Crossing); June 2, 1973)
Another Chicago Short Line coal run led by CSL no. 31 is on Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific track, about to cross under the former Pennsylvania Railr...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Chicago, Illinois (Canal Street); July 28, 1971)
The "Q" may have been absorbed by the Burlington Northern in 1970, but there are still plenty of the distinctive stainless steel Burlington cab units ...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Chicago, Illinois (Union Station); July 28, 1971)
Ignoring the Burlington Northern merger of 1970, a switcher proudly wearing the striking Burlington paint scheme shuffles a string of containers on fo...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Chicago, Illinois (Union Station); July 28, 1971)
Both Amtrak (April 1, 1971) and Burlington Northern (March 2, 1970) were in place by this time, but you'd never know it from this business-as-usual sc...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Chicago, Illinois (Union Station); June 3, 1973)
Amtrak's San Francisco Zephyr departs Chicago on the "Q's" much-photographed curve at Canal Street. Overhead are the tracks of the St. Charles ...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Jacksonville, Illinois; May 25, 1975)
This Louisville & Nashville freight is on Burlington rails here as it pounds across the Wabash (Norfolk & Western) diamond at Jacksonville, Illinois.
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Davis City, Iowa; May 27, 1975)
This view of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's long-gone branch between Charleton, Iowa and Amazonia, Missouri shows the long trestle and bridge over...
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (Davis City, Iowa; May 27, 1975)
Another view of the "Q's" now-abandoned Charleton to Amazonia branch, looking north. The girder bridge is over what is today county road J52.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Colorado Springs, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
By this time the Rock Island's line across Kansas and Colorado had been abandoned for several years. This appears to be the remains of the former main...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Limon, Colorado; June 9, 1996)
Limon, Colorado was the location where the Rock Island's Colorado Springs line crossed the Union Pacific's former Kansas Pacific line between Kansas C...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois; May 31, 1973)
Just south of the Rock Island's Vermont Street Station both the main (left) and suburban (right) lines cross the Calumet Sag Channel on these attracti...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Burr Oak Yard); July 26, 1971)
The Rock Island's Burr Oak Yard was located at the southern junction of the main and suburban lines in Blue Island, Illinois. At the far right are car...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Burr Oak Yard); July 26, 1971)
Another view of the Rock's Burr Oak Yard, looking north.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Vermont Street Station); July 26, 1971)
Rock Island commuter trains in the early 1970's were nothing if not colorful. Here a southbound commuter run on the main line discharges its passenger...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Vermont Street Station); May 31, 1973)
The golden-nosed E6 no. 630 might well be one of the two most famous Rock Island diesels (the other being the flat-nosed unit built for the Rocky Moun...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Vermont Street Station); May 31, 1973)
One of the last Rock Island through passenger trains heads south from the Blue Island Vermont Street Station. The suburban line is on the left, and th...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Vermont Street Station); May 31, 1973)
The bright red of Vermont Street Station stands out in this Blue Island, Illinois stands out as a commuter run waits on the suburban line and a piggyb...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Blue Island, Illinois (Vermont Street Station); May 31, 1973)
E6 No. 630 leads a commuter train into the Rock Island's Vermont Street Station at Blue Island, Illinois. The commuter train is on the double-track ma...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (La Salle Street Station); July 28, 1971)
One of the last of the Rockets, probably the Peoria Rocket, approaches La Salle Street Station in Chicago. At this late date the Rock was still trying...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (La Salle Street Station); July 28, 1971)
One of the last of the Rock Island Rockets arrives at Chicago's La Salle Street Station on a muggy summer morning. From the Roosevelt Road viaduct, lo...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (La Salle Street Station); May 31, 1973)
E6 no. 630 is at Chicago's La Salle Street station, awaiting departure with one of the frequent Rock Island commuter trains.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (La Salle Street Station); May 31, 1973)
A view of Chicago's Lasalle Street Station as seen from the rear of one of the Rock Island's many commuter trains.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (La Salle Street Station); May 31, 1973)
This is a slide that was so underexposed as to have been useless before the days of Photoshop and the like. Here La Salle Street statiion is seen from...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (Pullman Junction); June 2, 1973)
This Rock Island transfer run with a single venerable rebuilt unit on the lead is on Rock Island rails through Pullman Junction, crossing the Chicago ...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
Just east of Joliet, Illinois the Rock Island maintained a small engine house and servicing facility. The Rock Island had a number of these unusual Al...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
This westbound switch run has just clattered over the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern main at East Joliet, Illinois. In the distance an eastbound's headlight ...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
The eastbound freight seen in the previous slide has arrived at the Rock Island's East Joliet crossing of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
A Rock Island freight crosses the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern at East Joliet, Illinois. In its last years, the Rock Island was hard to miss, even from a d...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
A wsestbound commuter run approaches East Joliet just before crossing Elgin, Joliet & Eastern rails. The distinctive unit on the front was originally ...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
Another of the brightly painted red, yellow and white cab units leads a Rock Island freight across the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern diamonds at East Joliet...
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
A rather dingy pair of E's halts at Joliet, Illinois with a commuter run consisting of even older coaches.
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Kansas City, Missouri; May 31, 1975)
The Rock Island mainline into Kansas City, Missouri is seen in this view from the 31st Street Bridge. The line in the center is joint St. Louis San Fr...
Colorado Midland (Wild Horse, Colorado; June 6, 1996)
Near Wild Horse, Colorado, the long-abandoned Colorado Midland finished its descent from the legendary climb over the Rockies west of Colorado Springs...
Cuyahoga Valley (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The Cuyahoga Valley Railroad served the Jones & Laughlin Steel plant in southwest Cleveland, with connections to the Baltimore & Ohio and the Wheeling...
Delaware & Hudson (Binghamton, New York; January 28, 1971)
This northbound freight is fighting its way up the steep grade north out of Binghamton running along New York Highway 7, soon to pass through Belden H...
Delaware & Hudson (Tunnel, New York (Belden Hill Tunnel); January 28, 1971)
Belden Hill Tunnel is located at the summit of the Delaware & Hudson's steep grade north out of Binghamton, New York, on its way to Albany. Later part...
Delaware & Hudson (Tunnel, New York (Belden Hill Tunnel); January 28, 1971)
As if venturing inside Belden Hill Tunnel wasn't bad enough, on the same excursion a certain reprehensible photographer also clambered up one of the s...
Delaware & Hudson (Tunnel, New York (Belden Hill Tunnel); November 27, 1976)
Returning to Belden Hill Tunnel almost six years later, perseverance and patience were finally rewarded with an actual train (northbound) this time. T...
Delaware & Hudson (Tunnel, New York (Belden Hill Tunnel); November 27, 1976)
Another view from above the west portal of Belden Hill Tunnel, as a northbound Delaware & Hudson freight passes beneath the camera.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Byers Canyon); June 10, 1996)
Just west of Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado is the scenic 8-mile long Byers Canyon, shared by the Upper Colorado River, the Denver & Rio Grande Western...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Byers Canyon); June 10, 1996)
Another eastbound with plenty of head end power climbs uphill along the Upper Colorado River in Byers Canyon.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Byers Canyon); June 10, 1996)
The light has almost gone when Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr snakes its way upgrade through Byers Canyon. There's probably a very good reason f...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Crater Loops); October 3, 1997)
One of the most fascinating pieces of engineering on the original Moffat Road line to Craig were the Crater Loops. In order to gain altitude in a rest...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Crater Loops); October 3, 1997)
Another view of the loops. It's hard to do justice to these without a sky-mounted camera.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Moffat Tunnel); June 8, 1996)
The Moffat Tunnel has an involved and fascinating history. Originally planned as part of David Moffat's proposed road to connect Denver with Salt Lake...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Royal Gorge); June 3, 1996)
Today a popular tourist attraction, the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River was for a time a priceless gateway for railroads wanting to build west from ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Colorado (Royal Gorge); June 3, 1996)
Of course no view of the Royal Gorge in its heyday would be complete without a train on the Rio Grande mainline. Here a train of empties heads east wi...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
Just before reaching Bond, Colorado the Rio Grande mainline widens to four tracks in anticipation of the junction with the Craig Branch (continuation ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
Orestod, Colorado, located just east of Bond, is where the Craig Branch leaves the Rio Grande mainline and heads northwest towards Steamboat Springs a...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
A trainload of empties works its way downhill along the Colorado River. It's a pretty safe bet that these empties are destined for the coal mines on t...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
A loaded coal train is coming off the Craig Branch (former Moffat Road mainline) and entering the Rio Grande mainline at Orestod, Colorado just east o...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
Immediately after leaving the Colorado River Valley at Orestod, Colorado, westbound trains face a steep, winding climb. This cut is only a short dista...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; June 11, 1996)
This is looking back downhill towards Orestod on the Craig Branch, as seen from Colorado State Highway 131.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
The Rio Grande is now part of the Union Pacific system as an eastbound container train comes through Orestod (east of Bond, Colorado).
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
A few aspens lend color to this view of the Denver & Rio Grande Western (former Denver & Salt Lake) along the Colorado River just east of Bond, Colora...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
A loaded eastbound coal drag comes off the Dotsero Cutoff through Orestod, Colorado on its way to the Moffat Tunnel.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bond, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
The same eastbound coal train is seen a little further east along the Colorado River.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bragdon, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
Bragdon, Colorado marks the southern start of the Joint Line, where parallel lines of the Denver & Rio Grande Western and Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Bragdon, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
Another look at the Bragdon, Colorado start of the Joint Line, this time looking south. The Denver & Rio Grande is on the left and the Atchison, Topek...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Burns, Colorado (Dotsero Cutoff); October 4, 1997)
In 1931 the Denver & Rio Grande Western's route from Denver to Grand Junction involved a long detour south to Pueblo, a steep climb northeast past Lea...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Burns, Colorado (Dotsero Cutoff); October 4, 1997)
Another view of the Dotsero Cutoff north of Burns, Colorado.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Burns, Colorado (Dotsero Cutoff); October 4, 1997)
Closer to Burns, Colorado the Colorado River cuts a steep canyon for the Dotsero Cutoff to follow. Note the ranch at the bottom of the canyon.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Canon City, Colorado; June 3, 1996)
Sometimes called the "Gateway to the Royal Gorge," Canon City has quite a famous railroad history, being the site of one of the most notorious pitched...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Cotopaxi, Colorado; June 3, 1996)
If there was ever a heaven on earth, it was this Kampgrounds of America Kamping Kabin™ at Cotopaxi, Colorado. Located directly alongside the Ark...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Cotopaxi, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
An eastbound Rio Grande freight has just passed the Cotopaxi Kampgrounds of America™ at Cotopaxi, Colorado, and is heading downstream along the ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Durango, Colorado; June 12, 1970)
The Durango, Colorado depot is probably one of the most immediately recognizable landmarks in the country for railfans, as the famed Silverton Train d...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 1, 1977)
Edwards, Colorado is a very small town (and Interstate 70 rest area) in the Eagle River valley west of Tennessee Pass. This is the Denver & Rio Grande...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
A westbound freight approaches Edwards, Colorado on the Rio Grande's Tennessee Pass line.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
Now there's a house with a view, in this case of a westbound freight on the Tennessee Pass line with plenty of power on the head end.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
Another view of the westbound freight as it passes below the camera.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
A different freight (note the load of lumber behind the fourth unit) heads west.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
Another look at those tie cuts on the Denver & Rio Grande Western mainline at Edwards, Colorado.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Edwards, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
This time an eastbound freight skirts the valley of the Eagle River near Edwards, Coilorado.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Gilman, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
One of the many spectacular stretches of the Denver & Rio Grande Western's now-mothballed Tennessee Pass Line is the stretch between Minturn and Red C...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Gilman, Colorado; July 2, 1977)
Another view of the Tennessee Pass line in the canyon of the Eagle River near Gilman, Colorado, also from U.S. Highway 24.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Gilman, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
Between Minturn and Red Cliff, Colorado, the Rio Grande's Tennessee Pass line runs through the deep canyon of the Eagle River. From U.S. Highway 24 at...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Gilman, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
At this particular location space is so much at a premium that it was necessary to place the passing siding on the opposite side of the river. This is...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Glenwood Springs, Colorado; June 2, 1996)
Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr has almost finished its station stop at Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Ahead lie the spendors of Glenwood Canyon, th...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Granby, Colorado; June 12, 1996)
Just west of Granby, Colorado is the crossing of Grand County Road 57 with the Rio Grande's mainline.This view is looking west.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Grand Junction, Colorado; April 29, 1993)
Here (literally) is where the "Junction" in Grand Junction comes from. Here the mainline from Salt Lake City originally split into the old route throu...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Granite, Colorado; June 5, 1996)
The Denver & Rio Grande's mainline parallels a considerable part of the abandoned Colorado Midland's grade. Here at Granite, Colorado, the grade can b...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Greenland, Colorado; June 9, 1996)
A bit south of Castle Rock, Colorado, the paired lines of the Joint Line pass through an area appropriately called Greenland. Here, looking north from...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado (Sulphur Siding); June 10, 1996)
Discovered in 1840 by William Newton Byers, Hot Sulphur Springs is a popular resort due to (of course) its hot springs. It still attracts numerous vis...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Howard, Colorado (Howard Tunnel); June 5, 1996)
Somewhat overshadowed by the Moffat Tunnel, Tennessee Pass and Royal Gorge, the Rio Grande's line along the Arkansas River west of the Royal Gorge has...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Malta, Colorado (Kobe Siding); June 5, 1996)
Kobe Siding is located near Malta, Colorado, on the east slope of Tennessee Pass, here seen from the adjacent U.S. Highway 24.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Minturn, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
East of Minturn, Colorado, a Denver & Rio Grande Western freight has begun the long climb up Tennessee Pass to the west tunnel portal. Ahead are Gilma...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Mitchell, Colorado; June 6, 1996)
The west slope of Tennessee Pass, seen here at Mitchell, Colorado, is no joke with its three percent ascending/descending grade. Nobody (intentionally...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Mitchell, Colorado; June 6, 1996)
Descending the three percent grade from Tennessee Pass Tunnel at Mitchell, Colorado.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Oak Creek, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
This is just north of Oak Creek, Colorado on the Rio Grande's Craig Branch. This well-loaded coal train is heading south. By this time the Rio Grande/...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Palmer Lake, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
Although most of the shared Joint Line trackage between north of Pueblo and Denver consisted of two separate lines (Denver & Rio Grande Western and At...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Palmer Lake, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
Here alongside the actual Palmer Lake (at left) is a northbound approaching on the single remaining (Denver & Rio Grande Western) track on a more fort...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Phippsburg, Colorado; June 12, 1996)
Phippsburg, Colorado, is a staging area for coal trains originating at the mines in Craig to the northwest. A westbound train of empties is in the dis...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Phippsburg, Colorado; October 3, 1997)
An eastbound loaded coal train from the mines at Craig is about to pass under the Colorado State Highway 131 overpass just north of Phippsburg, Colora...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Pueblo, Colorado; June 7, 1996)
From the Main Street bridge in Pueblo, Colorado looking east. The line veering away from the camera is the start of the Denver & Rio Grande Western's ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Range, Colorado; October 4, 1997)
Range, Colorado is a brief widening of the Colorado River canyon, and contains one of the few pieces of long tangent track on the Dotsero Cutoff. This...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Range, Colorado; October 4, 1997)
Another train, westbound this time, leaves the valley at Range on its way to Dotsero.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Red Cliff, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
A westbound freight emerges from the canyon of the Eagle River at Red Cliff, Colorado. The view is from the U.S. Highway 24 bridge.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Red Cliff, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
Another view of the westbound freight as it crosses the Eagle River at Red Cliff, Colorado. Taken from the U.S. Highway 24 bridge.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Red Cliff, Colorado; June 4, 1996)
Both mid-train units and rear-end helpers were routine on freights making the heavy climb up from Minturn to the Tennessee Pass summit tunnel. Here tw...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Silverton, Colorado; June 13, 1970)
The Silverton narrow-gauge train from Durango to Silverton waits for the return journey.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Steamboat Springs, Colorado; June 12, 1996)
This well-preserved station on the Rio Grande's Craig Branch sits on the south side of the tracks. This view is looking east.
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Toponas, Colorado; June 12, 1996.)
Toponas is just west of Toponas Summit, following the steep climb from Orestod (Bond) via the Crater Loops. This view is from the Colorado State Highw...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Trapper, Colorado (Finger Rock); September 28, 1997)
Finger Rock is one of the more photogenic landmarks along the former Moffat Road mainline (now the Craig Branch of the Rio Grande). This train is east...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Wolcott, Colorado; September 28, 1997)
Wolcott, Colorado marks the west end of a passing siding on the Rio Grande's Tennessee Pass line. The signal on the right appears to be cleared for an...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Yarmony, Colorado (Yarmony Tunnel); September 28, 1997)
From almost directly on top of the west portal of Yarmony Tunnel (just west of Bond, Colorado) we can see the beginning of the Dotsero Cutoff as it pa...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Utah (Spanish Fork Canyon); September 3, 1995)
After leaving Salt Lake City and Provo the Denver & Rio Grande Western heads up Spanish Fork Canyon on its way to Soldier Summit. In April 1983 It cam...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Utah (Spanish Fork Canyon); September 4, 1995)
A westbound freight on the new 1983 alignment is almost out of the canyon, heading for Provo and Salt Lake City. The old grade is out of the picture o...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Utah (Spanish Fork Canyon); September 4, 1995)
Another westbound has just exited the tunnel through the landslide and is heading into the west end of Spanish Fork Canyon on the new line. The right ...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Kyune, Utah; September 4, 1995)
A westbound Rio Grande freight threads its way through the reverse curves at Kyune, Utah. Just around the corner behind the train are the Kyune Tunnel...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Ogden, Utah; September 2, 1996)
The Denver & Rio Grande Western had its own line from Salt Lake City to Ogden where it connected with the Southern Pacific's line across the Great Sal...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Ogden, Utah; September 2, 1996)
Another look at the out of service Denver & Rio Grande Western line from Salt Lake City to Ogden, Utah, at the intersection of Utah Highways 126 and 1...
Denver & Rio Grande Western (Thistle, Utah (Spanish Fork Canyon); September 3, 1995)
Here one can see the radical restructuring of Spanish Fork Canyon by the massive 1983 landslide (sometimes referred to as a "mudslide"). The new mainl...
Detroit, Toledo & Ironton (Springfield, Ohio; May 23, 1975)
Although when most people think of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton they think of Henry Ford's heavy duty railroad with its concrete arches from the form...
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
An Elgin, Joliet & Eastern transfer run, led by Baldwin center-cab unit no. 920, clumps across Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific rails at East Joliet, Il...
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern (Rondout, Illinois; June 4, 1973)
At Rondout, well north of downtown Chicago, the Milwaukee Road's mainline was crossed by the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern. Just north of the crossing the a...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1970)
An eastbound freight is clattering across the diamonds of Indiana Harbor Belt rails at State Line Crossing. Here at the state line marked by the IHB l...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1970)
This eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight has just left Chicago & Western Indiana rails and entered shared Erie/Chesapeake & Ohio trackage. It will final...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1970)
A westbound Erie Lackawanna freight passes through State Line Crossing; the tracks to the far right belong to the Nickel Plate Road (Norfolk & Western...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1970)
This easthbound Erie Lackawanna freight is on shared rails of the Erie and Chesapeake & Ohio, to become the Chicago & Western Indiana at the state lin...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1972)
A westbound Erie Lackawanna freight, on shared Erie/Chesapeake & Ohio rails, is about to cross the Baltimore & Ohio mainline at State Line Crossing ju...
Erie (Hammond, Indiana (State Line Crossing); June 17, 1972)
An Erie Lackawanna eastbound travels through State Line Crossing on joint Erie/Chesapeake & Ohio trackage. At left is the Nickel Plate Road (Norfolk &...
Erie (New York (Portageville Bridge); August 16, 1970)
New York's Letchworth State Park is a place of many spectacular beauties, but not to be missed is the Portageville Bridge soaring over the south end o...
Erie (New York (Portageville Bridge); July 4, 1975)
Back in the 1970s it was common for visitors to Letchworth State Park to saunter out onto the Erie's Portageville Bridge, and yes, trains were fairly ...
Erie (New York (Portageville Bridge); June 1977)
Another view of the Erie's Portageville Bridge, seen from Letchworth State Park.
Erie (Binghamton, New York; April 2, 1977)
This is the Erie mainline looking west towards downtown Binghamton, New York. The former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western's branch to Syracuse crosses i...
Erie (Elmira, New York; April 2, 1977)
The location of this shot is uncertain; "Erie mainline west of Elmira" is all that's on the back of the slide. What a beautiful semaphore, though.
Erie (Elmira, New York (HO Tower); April 1, 1977)
The Pennsvlvania Railroad's Elmira branch used Erie trackage rights through the upstate New York city of Elmira. North of town, at HO Tower, it left t...
Erie (Waverly, New York; March 7, 1970)
Winters in upstate New York can be quite bitter, but the lack of vegetation is a compensating plus. This view of the Erie mainline from Waverly Hill n...
Erie (Waverly, New York; March 7, 1970)
Waverly, New York was a major interchange point between the Erie and the Lehigh Valley, which crossed under the Erie main just east of town. In additi...
Erie (Waverly, New York; March 7, 1970)
Another look at those luscious Erie semaphores at Waverly, New York.
Erie (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Seen looking west from the Ohio Route 43 bridge, the Erie's line across the Cleveland Flats made a number of connections on its way to Literary Street...
Erie (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
The Erie's ore line from Literary Street Yard to the Old River Bed Yard and ore docks threads its way beneath a number of cross streets just before em...
Erie (Cleveland, Ohio; March 26, 1971)
Below is the Erie's ore line from Literary Street Yard to the Old River Bed Yard and ore docks. The Cleveland Union Terminal's viaduct and Cuyahoga Ri...
Erie (Girard, Ohio (Brier Hill Yard); August 21, 1971)
An ancient Baldwin switcher, no. 616 still in Erie paint, sits forlornly in the weeds at the Erie's Brier Hill engine facility in Girard, Ohio.
Erie (Girard, Ohio (Brier Hill Yard); August 21, 1971)
No. 616 isn't alone, with at least three others (two in Erie Lackawanna paint) wait in the weeds.
Erie (Girard, Ohio (Brier Hill Yard); August 21, 1971)
Cab units, both E's and F's, were common on Erie Lackawanna freights, especially after the advent of Amtrak.
Erie (Girard, Ohio (Brier Hill Yard); August 21, 1971)
More Baldwin switchers await attention at the Brier Hill engine facility.
Erie (Girard, Ohio (Brier Hill Yard); August 21, 1971)
An Alco RS-2 awaits the next assignment at the former Erie's Brier Hill engine facility.
Erie (Kent, Ohio; March 28, 1971)
The Erie mainline through Kent, Ohio was still in relatively good condition at this time. The Baltimore & Ohio main below crosses beneath the Erie mai...
Erie (Leavittsburg, Ohio (SN Junction); March 28, 1971)
Leavittsburg, Ohio was where the two main Erie lines for the Warren/Youngstown area crossed. Here at SN Junction the former Atlantic & Great Western m...
Erie (Leavittsburg, Ohio (SN Junction); June 11, 1971)
SN Junction again, this time seen on a fine late spring day. An eastbound freight starts across the Cleveland & Mahoning slip switches on its way via ...
Erie (Leavittsburg, Ohio (SN Junction); June 11, 1971)
The eastbound freight is now stretched across SN Junction on its way to North Warren and Shenango. At the far right the Baltimore & Ohio's Warren Bran...
Erie (Marion, Ohio; May 23, 1975)
An eastbound Erie Lackawanna freight is on the shared trackage of the Erie and Big Four (New York Central) as it leaves Marion, Ohio. In the distance ...
Erie (Marion, Ohio (AC Tower); May 23, 1975)
A westbound freight passes below Marion, Ohio's elevated AC Tower. The freight is still on shared Erie/Big Four (New York Central) rails, but just ahe...
Erie (Marion, Ohio (AC Tower); May 23, 1975)
The view from Marion's famed AC tower at Marion, Ohio, looking west. Just past the Chesapeake & Ohio diamonds the shared Erie/Big Four (New York Centr...
Erie (North Warren, Ohio; July 1969)
The Erie's former Atlantic & Great Western mainline passed north of Warren on its way between Shenango, Pennsylvania and Leavittsburg, Ohio. This even...
Erie (North Warren, Ohio; August 1981)
The Erie's former "Warren freight bypass" had been severely downgraded under Conrail by 1981. This view is from North Park Avenue, looking east toward...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; July 18, 1970)
The Erie's passenger mainline (former Cleveland & Mahoning line) through Warren, Ohio originally ran down the center of U.S. Hiughway 422 (South Stree...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; July 18, 1970)
A westbound freight has just passed the Warren combined freight and passenger station in Warren, Ohio. The station building, originally the freight st...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 19, 1970)
No, the Erie did not use Pennsylvania Railroad-style position light signals. This unusual signal located between Warren and Leavittsburg, Ohio on the ...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 19, 1970)
Taken from the same Liberty Road grade crossing as the previous photo, this shows the "Warren freight bypass" line before it veered northeast to pass ...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 19, 1970)
The Erie Lackawanna was still running Baldwin diesel switchers (still painted in Erie colors!) as late as the early 1970s. Here #628 is seen on the "W...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Trains nos. 28 & 29, informally known as the "Cleveland Commuters," were the Erie Lackawanna's last surviving passenger trains outside of the New York...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Frequent visitors to the Erie's Warren, Ohio trackage were the steel trains servicing the many mills between Warren and Youngstown. Alco RS-3's like t...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 1981)
With Conrail in control, the Erie mainline has been downgraded to local service. The westbound (right-hand) track is now rusty. Passenger service ove...
Erie (Warren, Ohio; August 1981)
Another look at the post-Conrail Erie mainline just east of the combined Warren freight/passenger station. The slight hump in the track marks the brid...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
There's a lot of interest in this shot, looking east from the Gibson Avenue Bridge in Youngstown. At the far left are the New York Central tracks to A...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio; August 21, 1971)
Although often called the Federal Street grade crossing, Federal Street doesn't actually cross the tracks here (it's the road coming in at the far rig...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio; August 21, 1971)
Looking in the other direction at the Federal Street grade crossing; the freight is eastbound and will shortly pass through downtown and Himrod Juncti...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Himrod Junction); July 30, 1970)
The Erie never actually owned any Fairbanks Morse Trainmasters; this one came from the Lackawanna after the Erie Lackawanna merger. Seen from the nort...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Himrod Junction); July 30, 1970)
At Himrod Junction in Youngstown, Ohio the Erie's eastbound mainline veered off to the left while the line to the right connected to several major rai...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Himrod Junction); July 30, 1970)
Just east of the Erie's downtown passenger station, we see the signals for Himrod Junction, where the freight line to the east and the connecting trac...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Valley Street); July 30, 1970)
Just north of Himrod Junction in Youngstown, Ohio the Erie turned north and promptly crossed the New York Central's Youngstown-Ashtabula line at grade...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Valley Street); August 21, 1971)
A closer look at the Valley Street crossing and VY Tower, here looking south. The freight is eastbound, crossing the New York Central's (Penn Central)...
Erie (Youngstown, Ohio (Valley Street); August 21, 1971)
Another look at the Valley Street crossing, from under the U.S. Highway 422 bridge north of the tower. The tracks to the left of the freight are the N...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
The former Chicago & Alton genealogy of the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio's Illinois trackage is obvious in this slide shot at Brighton Park Crossing in Chicago...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
In addition to color position light signals, Brighton Park Crossing featured manually operated semaphores until relatively recently, probably the last...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
An eastbound Gulf, Mobile & Ohio transfer run at Brighton Park Crossing crosses Pennsylvania, Baltimore & Ohio and Chicago Junction rails on its way t...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
A Gulf, Mobile & Ohio eastbound transfer run climbs over Western Avenue after traversing Brighton Park Crossing. Note that the GM&O's Alton-era color ...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
This freshly assembled passenger train (Amtrak's Abraham Lincoln) is actually backing through Brighton Park Crossing, on its way to Union Stati...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Chicago, Illinois (Brighton Park Crossing,); July 27, 1971)
Amtrak's Abraham Lincoln has backed through Brighton Park Crossing on its way to Union Station to collect passengers. Again, the tracks in the ...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (East Joliet, Illinois; June 1, 1973)
A unit train with Gulf, Mobile & Ohio power on the head end pulls onto the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern main just south of East Joliet Crossing, east of J...
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio (Joliet, Illinois (Joliet Union Station); June 1, 1973)
A gulf, mobile & Ohio transfer run enters the Rock Island main from the connecting track with the shared GM&O and Santa Fe main through Joliet Union S...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Missouri Pacific GP no. 2076 awaits its next task at Nevada (pronounced "nuh-vay-duh"), Missouri. The interchange yard with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas ...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
A southbound Missouri Pacific freight on the MP's Kansas City-Joplin, Missouri line approaches the crossing with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas St. Louisy,...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
This southbound Missouri Pacific freight has just crossed the Missouri-Kansas-Texas at Nevada, Missouri and is on its way to Joplin.
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
The train order signal displays green as a southbound Missouri Pacific freight continues through Nevada, Missouri after crossing the Missouri-Kansas-T...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
The caboose was not yet extinct in 1975, as this shot of a southbound Missouri Pacific freight at Nevada, Missouri demonstrates. The Missouri-Kansas-T...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Nevada, Missouri's East Austin Boulevard bridge provided an ideal vantage point for viewing trains on the south end of town, in this case looking nort...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
A southbound Missouri Pacific freight passes through Nevada, Missouri as seen looking south from the East Austin Boulevard bridge. Ahead is Nassau Jun...
Missouri Pacific (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Looking north from the Nevada, Missouri East Austin Boulevard bridge, we get another look at the southbound Missouri Pacific freight as it stretches a...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Nevada (pronounced "nuh-vay-duh"), Missouri hosted a crossing of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas St. Louis, Missouri-Parsons, Kansas main and the Missouri P...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
This appears to be the Katy's Nevada, Missouri station, although topographic maps of the time also suggest possible Missouri Pacific ownership. In any...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
A Missouri-Kansas-Texas hi-rail vehicle checks the condition of the Katy main prior to the arrival of a northbound freight. Tracks to the left are the...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Looking north along the Katy's main out of Nevada, Missouri towards St. Louis. The tracks are empty, but not for long.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Again looking north along the Katy's main to St. Louis, Missouri. The crossing with the Missouri Pacific's Kansas City-Joplin, Missouri main is just b...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
A southbound freight appears on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas St. Louis, Missouri-Parsons, Kansas main in Nevada, Missouri. Not conveyed by this slide is ...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
In the 1970s the Missouri-Kansas-Texas was in the process of repainting rolling stock from its traditional red to a new (and eye-watering) green and y...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Ahead is the tower for the crossing of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas St. Louis, Missouri-Parsons, Kansas line and the Missouri Pacific's Kansas City-Jopli...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
Seen from the other side of the Missouri Pacific crossing, this southbound Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight is heading south towards Parsons, Kansas. The...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
In this view looking south from Nevada, Missouri's East Austin Boulevard bridge, the track at far right is the Missouri-Kansas-Texas St. Louis, Missou...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
A northbound Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight has appeared, about to head through Nevada, Missouri. This view is looking south from the East Austin Boule...
Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Nevada, Missouri; June 1, 1975)
This time looking north from the east Austin Boulevard bridge, we see the northbound Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight as it approaches the crossing with ...
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
This Nevada Northern depot in Ely, Nevada had clearly seen better days when photographed in 1978. Today the Nevada Northern runs a thriving passenger ...
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
The Nevada Northern Railroad was built for one purpose, to haul copper ore from pits at Ruth, Nevada (west of Ely) to smelters at McGill (east of Ely)...
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
In 1978 Kennecott Copper was actively using the Nevada Northern to haul ore from pits at Ruth, Nevada to the Smelter at McGill, using their own rollin...
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
RS-2 no. 103 and a companion pass the camera with an eastbound load of ore from the Ruth pits for the smelter at McGill, Nevada.
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
It may have been an industrial run but Kennecott Copper still observed the niceties, placing a colorful caboose at the rear of this eastbound ore trai...
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
One of the nice things about the Nevada Northern was its easy accessibility from adjacent highways, in this case US 50.
Nevada Northern (Ely, Nevada; March 27, 1978)
This tunnel on the Nevada Northern is just west of Ely, Nevada.
New York Central (New York (Hudson River); January 30, 1973)
I donít know the exact location of this shot, only that it's somewhere along the Hudson River in the New York Central's electrified territory south of...
New York Central (Beaver Dams, New York; March, 7, 1970)
The New York Central's Fall Brook line eventually passed through some of the most impressive scenery in Pennsylvania, including the Grand Canyon of th...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York; April 5, 1970)
Seen from Buffalo's Bailey Street Bridge looking east, a westbound Penn Central freight on the former New York Central main heads towards the camera w...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
There's a story behind the next few slides. I used to ride the Central from Rochester, New York to Ashtabula, Ohio on a regular basis, with frequent l...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
Here, looking south from the top floor of Buffalo Central Terminal, are some of the platforms below as well as the main freight bypass. In the distanc...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
This time looking southwest from the top floor of Buffalo Central Terminal. At the upper far right the Pennsylvania's connection to the station can ju...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
Looking east from the top floor of Buffalo Central Terminal the east station throat is laid out for inspection. The track heading off to the lower lef...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
Now looking northeast from the top floor of Buffalo Central Terminal we see a pair of E units, still in New York Central colors, being turned on the w...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Central Terminal); April 5, 1970)
Looking west from Buffalo's Bailey Street Bridge, a Penn Central freight on the former New York Central main heads west. Buffalo Central Terminal is a...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (West Shore Yard); April 5, 1970)
Sad mishap at Buffalo, New York! It looks like the wrecker was just starting cleanup at the west end of the New York Central's West Shore yard in Buff...
New York Central (Buffalo, New York (West Shore Yard); April 5, 1970)
Remember the kindler, gentler days when automobiles could be shipped on open auto carrier cars without damage? Well, maybe "gentler" isn't the right w...
New York Central (Croton-Harmon, New York; January 24, 1973)
Croton-Harmon on the New York Central's Hudson River line is best known as the northern end of electrified commuter service, but was also the location...
New York Central (Croton-Harmon, New York; January 24, 1973)
At Croton-Harmon on the New York Central's Hudson River line an electric locomotive moves into place to take a southbound Buffalo to New York Amtrak t...
New York Central (Croton-Harmon, New York; January 30, 1973)
As seen looking south from the rear of a New York to Buffalo Amtrak train, a southbound Penn Central commuter run passes on the right at Croton-Harmon...
New York Central (Croton-Harmon, New York; January 30, 1973)
Another view looking south from the rear of a New York to Buffalo Amtrak train waiting at the Croton-Harmon station. Here several RDC's, probably used...
New York Central (Hornby, New York; March 8, 1970)
If there's anything colder than a mid-winter day in upstate New York, it's a clear mid-winter day in upstate New York. Here a Penn Central frei...
New York Central (Rochester, New York (Goodman Street Yard); November 1969)
Rochester's Main Street bridge over the west end of the New York Central's Goodman Street Yard was an endless source of entertainment for a bored coll...
New York Central (Rochester, New York (Goodman Street Yard); November 1969)
Seen here from the end of Circle Street in Rochester, New York, a switcher still in New York Central livery shuffles a cut of cars on the Goodman Stre...
New York Central (Rochester, New York (Goodman Street Yard); September 20, 1970)
The New York Central used several of these Alco RS-1s in its Goodman Street Yard. This one, although now repainted into Penn Central garb, still soldi...
New York Central (Rochester, New York (Goodman Street Yard); October 9, 1970)
This time looking northwest from Rochester's Main Street Bridge, we see one of the relatively frequent Buffalo to New York runs, still operated by Pen...
New York Central (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
A handy footbridge over the former New York Central mainline at West Rochester, New York, conveniently located at the end of a city bus route, provide...
New York Central (Ashtabula, Ohio; October 23, 1970)
Westbound Penn Central no. 63, though with at least one coach still lettered for New York Central, has made its Ashtabula, Ohio station stop and is ab...
New York Central (Ashtabula, Ohio; April 4, 1971)
The New York Central's Ashtabula, Ohio depot was located just east of the Central's crossing with the Pennsylvania's line to the Lake Erie ore docks. ...
New York Central (Ashtabula, Ohio; April 4, 1971)
Although still in use as a passenger stop in 1971, the Ashtabula, Ohio station is showing signs of the years of neglect by both New York Central and n...
New York Central (Ashtabula, Ohio; April 4, 1971)
Looking east from the platform of the New York Central's Ashtabula, Ohio station one sees one of the remaining segments of the Central's famous "four-...
New York Central (Erie, Ohio; February 3, 1970)
Weather along the Lake Erie lakefront can be fierce, and scenes like this one were common when riding the New York Central's former Lake Shore & Michi...
New York Central (Osgood, Pennsylvania; July 25, 1972)
Osgood, Pennsylvania manages to cram a remarkable amount of railroading into a relatively small bit of real estate. In front of the camera is the New ...
Newburgh & South Shore (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Two Newburgh & South Shore switchers (nos. 1018 and 1017) lead a transfer run south under the Clark Avenue bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.
Newburgh & South Shore (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
A closer look at Newburgh & South Shore nos. 1018 and 1017 as they head south beneath the Clark Avenue Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.
Newburgh & South Shore (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The Newburgh & South Shore Railroad was a Cleveland area switching road that tied much of the steel industry together. Following the closure of severa...
Nickel Plate Road (Cleveland, Ohio; March 27, 1970)
In this view from Cleveland, Ohio's Lorain Avenue bridge the Nickel Plate Road's long trestle over the Cleveland Flats can be seen in the upper right,...
Nickel Plate Road (Cleveland, Ohio; March 27, 1970)
One of the landmarks of the Cleveland Flats along the Cuyahoga River is the long trestle (punctuated by a lift bridge) of the Nickel Plate Road. Here ...
Nickel Plate Road (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Cleveland's Terminal Tower looms in the right background in this view looking east from the Independence Boulevard bridge (now gone). At the very top...
Nickel Plate Road (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Cleveland's West 25th Street bridge crosses over the Nickel Plate Road main line, here seen looking west. The bridges in the distance cross the Big Fo...
Nickel Plate Road (Cleveland, Ohio (BD Yard); August 28, 1970)
This is what remained of the Nickel Plate's "BD" Yard in 1970, as seen from Ohio Route 43. Below, the Nickel Plate main can be seen curving off to the...
Nickel Plate Road (Vermilion, Ohio; July 30, 1972)
Near Vermilion, Ohio the former Nickel Plate Road mainline cuts straight as an arrow through fertile farmland just south of Lake Erie. The signals mar...
Norfolk Southern (Star, North Carolina; June 16, 1973)
No, not that Norfolk Southern, but the real deal, which ran from Norfolk, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina and Beaufort, South Carolina. It was u...
Northern Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (Western Ave. Station); July 27, 1971)
The Milwaukee Road's Western Avenue Station, located northwest of Union Station, would seem to be an unlikely place to find the combined Northern Paci...
Northern Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (Western Ave. Station); July 27, 1971)
The effects of the Burlington Northern merger of the previous year can be seen in this view of Amtrak's combined North Coast Hiawatha/Empire Builde...
Northern Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (Western Ave. Station); July 27, 1971)
A closer look at that Northern Pacific B unit, still in glorious North Coast Limited colors and with the classic monad as well.
Northern Pacific (Chicago, Illinois (Western Ave. Station); July 27, 1971)
One more look at the former North Coast Limited vista-dome as it passes through Western Avenue Station.
Northern Pacific (Montana (Clark Fork River); September 6, 1999)
As late as 1999 semaphores could still be found on the former Northern Pacific (by now part of Montana Rail Link). This one was on the "low-grade" fre...
Northern Pacific (Montana (Clark Fork River); September 6, 1999)
Another semaphore on the former Northern Pacific low-grade freight line between De Smet and Paradise, Montana along the Clark Fork River. This one was...
Northern Pacific (Montana (Homestake Pass); September 5, 1999)
The original Northern Pacific main line was routed via Helena, Montana and Mullan Pass. Only in 1889 did NP commence construction of the Butte Short L...
Northern Pacific (Montana (Homestake Pass); September 5, 1999)
Another look at the Northern Pacific's Butte Short Line over Homestake Pass, once route of the North Coast Limited, here seen from Interstate 9...
Northern Pacific (Montana (Homestake Pass); September 5, 1999)
Here is what's left of the passing track at the summit of Homestake Pass on the Northern Pacific's Butte Short Line. Ahead would be the spectacular de...
Northern Pacific (Montana (Homestake Pass); September 5, 1999)
Another look at the summit of Homestake pass and former host to the North Coast Limited,, this time looking east. Unlike most former Northern P...
Northern Pacific (De Smet, Montana; September 6, 1999)
The original Northern Pacific main line west out of Missoula, Montana began the steep climb over Evaro Hill at a location called De Smet, which was al...
Northern Pacific (De Smet, Montana; September 6, 1999)
Another look at the junction at De Smet, Montana, this time looking back towards Missoula. Those signal bridges held semaphores at one time, and clear...
Northern Pacific (Dixon, Montana; September 6, 1999)
Once over Evaro Hill, the Northern Pacific's original main line descended into the valleys of the Jocko and Flathead Rivers, seen here west of Dixon, ...
Northern Pacific (Evaro, Montana (Marent Gulch Trestle); September 6, 1999)
About 10 miles northwest of Missoula, Montana, near Evaro, the Northern Pacific's Evaro Hill line crosses a deep gulch on a bridge over 180 feet high,...
Northern Pacific (Missoula, Montana; September 6, 1999)
Although regularly scheduled passenger trains are long gone from the Northern Pacific main through Montana, special "land cruise" trains still continu...
Northern Pacific (Washington (Yakima River); June 14, 1972)
One of the peculiarities of Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha (the succesor to the Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited) was that it combi...
Northern Pacific (Yakima, Washington; June 14, 1972)
The Northern Pacific's Yakima, Washington depot was a particularly attractive structure, and immediately recognizable as NP. This view is looking west...
Northern Pacific (Yakima, Washington; June 14, 1972)
It may be Amtrak's combined North Coast Hiawatha/Empire Builder pulling into the Yakima, Washington station but it still looks enough like the ...
Pennsylvania (Chicago, Illinois (Twenty-first Street Crossing); July 28, 1971)
At the far south end of Chicago's Union Station trackage is this lift bridge over the Chicago River South Branch, followed by the complex trackwork of...
Pennsylvania (Horseheads, New York; March 7, 1970)
The Pennsylvania Railroad's Elmira Branch ran from Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Sodus Point on Lake Erie and was a heavy-duty coal-hauling line. The ...
Pennsylvania (Mayville, New York; July 21, 1970)
Mayville, New York is an attractive little town on Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York, just north of Chautauqua itself, famous for concerts and cultu...
Pennsylvania (Mayville, New York; July 21, 1970)
This view of the Pennsylvania's Oil City, Pennsylvania to Brockton, New York Chautauqua Branch is from the New York Highway 394 bridge looking west at...
Pennsylvania (Mayville, New York; August 16, 1970)
It's apparent from the signals turned away from the tracks that the Pennsylvania's Chautauqua Branch from Oil City, Pennsylvania to Brockville, New Yo...
Pennsylvania (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
The Pennsylvania's line to Rochester, New York was mostly abandoned by 1971, including what must have been a highly scenic stretch through what today ...
Pennsylvania (West Rochester, New York; April 9, 1971)
A closer look at the tiltboard signal protecting the crossing of the Pennsylvania and the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh (Baltimore & Ohio) in West R...
Pennsylvania (Ashtabula, Ohio; July 10, 1974)
The Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh, Youngstown & Ashtabula Branch ran from Detour (Niles), Ohio through Warren and then nearly due north to the ore docks i...
Pennsylvania (Cleveland, Ohio (Erie Crossing); March 27, 1970)
Erie Crossing was the location where the Erie and Pennsylvania mainlines into Cleveland crossed at grade. This slide was grabbed on the fly from the E...
Pennsylvania (Girard, Ohio; August 21, 1971)
This massive coal tipple marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania's complex Youngstown, Ohio network. Ahead are connections with the Lake Erie & Easte...
Pennsylvania (Girard, Ohio; December 30, 1971)
Looking west from the Liberty Street Bridge at Girard, Ohio reveals a westbound Penn Central train of empty hoppers on the former Pennsylvania's Erie ...
Pennsylvania (Girard, Ohio; December 30, 1971)
This time looking east from the Liberty Street Bridge in Girard, Ohio, we see the Erie's Cleveland & Mahoning main at the far left, and the Pennsylvan...
Pennsylvania (Girard, Ohio; December 30, 1971)
It takes a close look to appreciate the complexity of the Pennsylvania Railroad's position light signals, with their mountings and supports. This one ...
Pennsylvania (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
Unlike the Baltimore & Ohio or the Erie, which took pretty direct routes through Youngstown, Ohio, the Pennsylvania's Erie & Ashtabula Branch threaded...
Pennsylvania (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
Just east of the Federal Street Bridge over the Mahoning River, the Baltimore & Ohio's local freight line through Youngstown (the former Pittsburgh & ...
Pennsylvania (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
East of the crossing of the Baltimore & Ohio's secondary freight line through Youngstown, the Pennsylvania's Erie & Ashtabula Branch had this modest y...
Pennsylvania (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
Another view of the Pennsylvania Railroad Erie & Ashtabula Branch's small downtown yard seen from Youngstown's Wick Avenue bridge looking west, this t...
Pennsylvania (Emporium, Pennsylvania; July 26, 1972)
Emporium, Pennsylvania was once an important junction for the Pennsy's northern Pennsylvania lines, as it was where lines from Erie and Buffalo joined...
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Zoo Interlocking); July 20, 1973)
Probably one of the busiest interlockings in the world, as well as one of the most famous, Zoo Interlocking is where electrified lines of the Pennsylv...
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Station); July 20, 1973)
The Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania station was located at the junction of the Pennsy's Fort Wayne and Panhandle lines (to Chicago and Indiana...
Pennsylvania (Westport, Pennsylvania; May 27, 1971)
Nothing special about the location here, which is near Westport, Pennsylvania (east of Driftwood) on the Pennsylvania's Buffalo line, but oh! those be...
Republic Steel (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Most steel mills are secretive places, inaccessible to photographers and rarely hospitable to visitors of any kind (for safety reasons more than anyth...
Republic Steel (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
A Republic Steel switcher moves a string of hot metal "bottle cars," seen from the north side of the Clark Avenue bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. In the ba...
Republic Steel (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The planner of industrial trackage has just one imperative, to fit trackage which will accomplilsh the needed tasks into the space available. The resu...
Republic Steel (Youngstown, Ohio; July 30, 1970)
Youngstown, Ohio also had its vantage points for observing the inner workings of the steel industry. Here, from the Packard Street bridge we see a cen...
River Terminal (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The River Terminal Railroad was another Cleveland-area switching road, originally incorporated as a subsidiary of the Corrigan-McKinney Steel Company,...
River Terminal (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
Seen from the Clark Avenue bridge in Cleveland, Ohio, River Terminal switcher no. 96 works alongside the Cuyahoga River.
River Terminal (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
River Terminal switcher no. 96 on River Terminal trackage crosses the RT's interchange line to the Baltimore & Ohio across the Cuyahoga River.
River Terminal (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
The River Terminal's bridge across the Cuyahoga River has been lowered, presumably for a transfer run. Seen from the north side of the Clark Avenue br...
River Terminal (Cleveland, Ohio; August 28, 1970)
A River Terminal transfer run heads south to the interchange yard with the Nickel Plate Road's former Wheeling & Lake Erie line to Canton, Ohio. Overh...
Southern Pacific (California (San Timoteo Canyon); 1988)
The Southern Pacific mainline east out of Colton, California passes through San Timoteo Canyon on its way to Beaumont Hill and Yuma. Here an SP freigh...
Southern Pacific (California (San Timoteo Canyon); 1988)
Southern Pacific may not have been in great financial shape by 1988, but it certainly still knew how to do heavy-duty railroading, as witness this fre...
Southern Pacific (California (San Timoteo Canyon); 1988)
Another freight approaches the east end of San Timoteo Canyon as it works its way uphill to Beamont Hill.
Southern Pacific (Colton, California; 1988)
A look east down the Southern Pacific's main to Arizona and onwards. San Timoteo Canyon and Beaumont Hill lie ahead; Colton Crossing (with the Santa F...
Southern Pacific (Colton, California (Colton Crossing); 1988)
It may not look like much, just two tracks crossing two other tracks at grade, but Colton Crossing is one of the busiest crossings in the country. The...
Southern Pacific (Fremont, California (Niles Canyon); July 15, 1983)
The Southern Pacific's line through Niles Canyon, just east of Fremont, California, was at one time an important through route for SP between Stockton...
Southern Pacific (Fremont, California (Niles Canyon); July 15, 1983)
Another look at the Southern Pacific's now-abandoned line through Niles Canyon, with a bridge over Alameda Creek in the distance. Here the ballast loo...
Southern Pacific (Fremont, California (Niles Canyon); July 15, 1983)
The Southern Pacific's Niles Canyon line was obviously not a high speed line, perhaps part of the reason it was eventually abandoned. In the foregroun...
Southern Pacific (Fremont, California (Niles Canyon); July 15, 1983)
A better look at the Southern Pacific's Niles Canyon line, now abandoned, and the bridge over Alameda Creek. And yes, this is one of those Pictures-Yo...
Southern Pacific (Lone Pine, California; September 24, 1978)
Located in some of the most desolate scenery in the country, Lone Pine, California sits in the Owens Valley between the Inyo Mountains and the John Mu...
Southern Pacific (Lone Pine, California; September 24, 1978)
A closer look at the tracks at Lone Pine reveals relatively new ballast and shiny rails, so the line is still getting some use.
Southern Pacific (Lone Pine, California; September 24, 1978)
You take water very seriously in the desert, especially when building across what appears to be a dry wash. What's dry today can be a roaring flash fl...
Southern Pacific (Los Angeles, California; July 29, 1983)
Three Southern Pacific units work along the Los Angeles River in this shot from an unidentified Amtrak train approaching Los Angeles Union Station.
Southern Pacific (Los Angeles, California; July 29, 1983)
At Glendale Junction, just north of downtown Los Angles, an Amtrak train has just left Los Angeles Union Station, running alongside the Los Angeles Ri...
Southern Pacific (San Jose, California; July 1982)
One of Amtrak's southbound Coast Line trains departs San Jose in late afternoon for Los Angeles, as seen from the West San Carlos Street Bridge lookin...
Southern Pacific (Battle Mountain, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Battle Mountain is a small town in north central Nevada, located on the Southern Pacific main line across the state. It was also the jumping off point...
Southern Pacific (Battle Mountain, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Looking east into the late morning sun at Battle Mountain, Nevada, the Cortez Mountains loom ominously in the distance, but the rails will pass them w...
Southern Pacific (Battle Mountain, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Here is a closer look at Southern Pacific's station at Battle Mountain, Nevada. Although a flag stop for Southern Pacific passenger trains, it must ha...
Southern Pacific (Cottage Grove, Oregon; September 13, 1999)
Lower-quadrant semaphores could still be found as late as 1999 on Southern Pacific's Shasta line, here seen from Oregon Highway 99 near Cottage Grove,...
Union Pacific (Lake Point, Utah; August 20, 1998)
Lake Point, Utah is where the Union Pacific's Los Angeles & Salt Lake line to Salt Lake City emerges from the Sevier Desert to encounter the Great Sal...
Union Pacific (Lake Point, Utah; August 20, 1998)
Another look at Lake Point, Utah, where the Union Pacific's Los Angeles & Salt Lake line to Salt Lake City encounters the Great Salt Lake before turni...
Union Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; June 6, 1970)
The Union Pacific has two lines into Salt Lake City from the south. One, the Los Angeles & Salt Lake, approaches via the Sevier Desert and runs along ...
Union Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; June 6, 1970)
One of the Union Pacific's last surviving passenger trains, the Butte Special from Salt Lake City to Butte, Montana, departs the Salt Lake City...
Union Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; August 20, 1998)
A Union Pacific northbound transfer run approaches the camera traveling down the middle of Salt Lake City's Third West Street on the Union Pacific's P...
Union Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; August 20, 1998)
This Salt Lake City junction at S. Temple & 600 W is just west of the Union Pacific depot, and is where incoming lines from the south merge and split ...
Union Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; August 20, 1998)
A look at the Salt Lake City junction at South Temple & 600 W, this time looking east. The line barely visible at the far left was at one time the for...
Western Maryland (Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; July 2, 1971)
At Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, the Western Maryland crosses the Youghiogheny River on a long deck girder bridge. Although by this time the WM was pretty m...
Western Maryland (Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; July 3, 1971)
The following day the photographer caught another eastbound crossing the Youghiogheny River, this time with an all Western Maryland consist.
Western Pacific (Weso, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Weso, Nevada is the western end of the shared trackage agreement between the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific, in which eastbound trains across no...
Western Pacific (Weso, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Another look at Weso, the west end of shared Western Pacific/Southern Pacific trackage across northern Nevada, this time looking west. An easttbound W...
Western Pacific (Winemucca, Nevada; November 8, 1978)
Between Alazon and Weso, Nevada the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific operated a shared trackage agreement dating back to the first World War, with...
Western Pacific (Lake Point, Utah; August 20, 1998)
At Lake Point, Utah, a westbound freight on the former Western Pacific starts across the southern end of the Great Salt Lake on a long causeway, on it...
Western Pacific (Salt Lake City, Utah; August 20, 1998)
Fresh from crossing the Wendover salt flats and the southern edge of the Great Salt Lake, the Western Pacific mainline takes aim for downtown Salt Lak...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Gromore, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Gromore, Washington was also the terminus of one of the Yakima Valley Transportation Company's branches and a major source of traffic. Its current sta...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Wiley City, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Wiley City, Washington was once a major traffic source for the Yakima Valley Tranportation Company, shipping out carloads of apples at a time. That th...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Wiley City, Washington; June 13, 1972)
At right is one of the many produce warehouses that used to provide carloads of traffic for the Yakima Valley Tranportation Company. These days it loo...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Just north of Yakima, Washington the street running Yakima Valley Tranportation Company crossed the Northern Pacific's Naches branch in the middle of ...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
The Yakima Valley Tranportation Company was a former interurban system which still survived as a freight carrier, owned by Union Pacific since 1908. H...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Another view of Yakima Valley Tranportation Company no. 298 as it performs switching chores alongside 16th Avenue North near downtown Yakima, Washingt...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Ignore either of these traffic signs on Yakima, Washington's Nob Hill Boulevard at your peril, as the Union Pacific-owned Yakima Valley Tranportation ...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
The Yakima Valley Tranportation Company main has turned away from street running on Nob Hill Boulevard and headed out into the fruit orchards of the Y...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Seen here from Ahtanum Boulevard outside Yakima, Washington, the Yakima Valley Tranportation Company's line splits, heading for the tiny communities o...
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
The interurban ancestry of the Union Pacific-owned Yakima Valley Tranportation Company is apparent in this scene along Ahtanum Boulevard.
Yakima Valley Tranportation Co. (Union Pacific) (Yakima, Washington; June 13, 1972)
Another fruit warehouse served by the Yakima Valley Tranportation Company, this one along Wide Hollow Road outside Yakima, Washington



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