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WRIX SD18 1229 switches the grain elevator at Famoso. The engine is a former Reserve Mining and now sees only occasional use in the Central Valley. Date:
2016-08-16
Added:
2017-01-16
The Eastern Washington Gateway runs from Coulee City to Cheney, WA and hauls grain out the middle of Washington to the BNSF mainline. After getting a heads-up the night before of an eastbound leaving Coulee City, the EWG shuttle train finds the morning sunrise at Creston, WA with NIWX C40-8 9129, MRL SDP40 290, and WRIX SD40T-2 8702 in charge of 68 grain cars. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
Eastern Washington Gateway's power of C40-8 9129, MRL SDP40 290, and SD40T-2 8702 are given a little throttle to keep the train of 68 small grain hoppers bouncing and rocking on the 10MPH track. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
Every corner is a challenge for the slow moving, heavy Eastern Washington Gateway shuttle train. 9129-MRL290-8702 give off a little smoke as the throttle is pulled to keep the train stretched and moving at 10MPH. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
EWG 9129-MRL290-8702 have cut off their train west of downtown Davenport, WA to pick up two loads that the local elevator has filled. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
The two loads picked up and back to the train west of town, the crew discovers that the 8702 is low on water and lube oil. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
After running back into town and servicing for an hour, the whole train finally makes an appearance in downtown Davenport, WA. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-03
Big time railroading on a small railroad. Just east of Davenport, WA, the Eastern Washington Gateway encounters a couple of miles of good grade and the 10,000 horsepower of the three units (9129-MRL290-8702) dig and really have to pull. Close your eyes and you're back in Tehachapi in the 1990's. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
Still belting out smoke and a roar, EWG 9129-MRL290-8702 reach the summit of the grade coming out of Davenport, WA. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
Now cruising on straight, level track but still only making 10 MPH, EWG 9129 and its mates are happy. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
Eastern Washington Gateway 9129-MRL290-8702 put on a show as they lift the shuttle train through an S-curve west of Rearden, WA. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
EWG's NIWX 9129 crosses Mann Road west of Rearden, WA Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
Roster shot of MRL SDP40 290, last of its kind running in the world. West of Rearden, WA, the EWG shuttle train has to tie down dead on the Hours of Service law. Date:
2016-06-22
Added:
2017-01-04
A 22 car Cal Northern freight rolls south north of Williams, CA with Genset 504 and GP15-1 1568 at the helm. Date:
2016-06-20
Added:
2017-01-03
Central Oregon and Pacific GP38-2 2067 sits on the wye at Weed awaiting its next call to duty. Date:
2016-06-20
Added:
2017-01-03
SJVR 2045 and 2046, GP38-2's that started life as Public Service of Indiana 1 and 2, now switch cars in Bakersfield of the San Joaquin Valley Date:
2016-04-17
Added:
2017-01-02
SJVR GP28 1825 with the blue spray-bomb paint job and GP38-2 3824 are switching at Bakersfield. Date:
2016-02-09
Added:
2017-01-02
San Joaquin Valley 2121, one of three BL20-2's, sits between shifts on the west leg of the wye at Goshen on the SJVR's main to Hanford. Date:
2016-02-07
Added:
2017-01-01
On a tour of Levin Richmond Terminal on January 23, 2016, GMTX 424, a GP15-1 leased to the Richmond Pacific Railroad, sits in the shop area waiting its next assignment with two SW1200's. Date:
2016-01-23
Added:
2017-01-01
Richmond Pacific SW1200 49 and GP15-1 GMTX 423 and their caboose are the tour train for the day. Date:
2016-01-23
Added:
2017-01-01
Richmond Pacific SW1200 49 and GP15-1 GMTX 423 return from the tour having done some revenue work on the way with three hoppers for Cemex. Date:
2016-01-23
Added:
2017-01-01
Richmond Pacific SW1200 49 switches three hoppers for Cemex. Date:
2016-01-23
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2017-01-01
Richmond Pacific SW1200 49 roster shot. Date:
2016-01-23
Added:
2017-01-01
Richmond Pacific SW1200 49 runs down the street back to the Levin Richmond Terminal shops. Date:
2016-01-23
Added:
2017-01-01
Sacramento Valley Railroad has the switching contract for the McClellan Business Park off the UP main between Sacramento and Roseville. Former Rarus Railway GP9 107 waits for the next call to duty on April 10, 2010. Date:
2010-04-10
Added:
2010-04-19
Robert Dollar 3, part of the collection of the Niles Canyon Railway, steams it up at Sunol, CA on March 6, 2010. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
Robert Dollar tank engine 3 couples back up to its train at the NCRY Sunol, CA depot. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
Robert Dollar 3 shows off its builders plate. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
Robert Dollar 3 meets Geek Squad. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
SP caboose 1101, part of the Niles Canyon Railway collection, at Sunol, CA. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
SP cab 1101 is on the tail of Robert Dollar 3's train at the NCRY Sunol, CA depot. Date:
2010-03-06
Added:
2010-04-18
A Utah Railway lashup rests between assignments at Midvale Yard south of downtown Salt Lake City, UT. Date:
2008-08-11
Added:
2008-09-22
Head-on shot of UTAH GP38-3 2001. Date:
2008-08-11
Added:
2008-09-22
Savage Transportation Systems B36-7's 3612 and 3611 sit at Midvale Yard, UT between runs out to the Bingham or Garfield branches. Date:
2008-08-11
Added:
2008-09-22
Modesto and Empire Traction GE 70-tonners 604 and 605 roll along the M&ET's "mainline" adjacent to Highway 132 with a cut of 16 cars that they have picked up from the BNSF's interchange at Empire. The pair of 1950's era engines are part of fleet of 10 70-tonners that the M&ET keep in excellent condition. November 23, 2004. Date:
2004-11-23
Added:
2007-08-17
Modesto and Empire Traction GE 70-tonners 604 and 605 push their train back into McClure Yard, the main yard that runs north-south through the business park that the M&ET serves. November 23, 2004. Date:
2004-11-23
Added:
2007-08-17
San Joaquin Valley Railway is leasing CEFX GP38-3 3034 and it rests at Bowerbank, CA on the Buttonwillow Branch. This unit used to be DRGW GP35 3034, but it lost its turbocharged 567 for a non-turbocharged 645. July 16, 2004. Date:
2004-07-16
Added:
2007-08-17
San Joaquin Valley Railway GP20 2042 and its crew must have run out of time on June 20th, 2004. Here 2042 sits shut down with about 60 cars, which is about four times as many as there usually is. Date:
2004-06-20
Added:
2007-08-17
Head on shot of San Joaquin Valley Railway 2042 at Bowerbank, June 20th, 2004. Date:
2004-06-20
Added:
2007-08-17
San Joaquin Valley Railway 2042 at Bowerbank, June 20th, 2004. Date:
2004-06-20
Added:
2007-08-17
After checking out San Joaquin Valley Railway 2042, stop and check out what it and sixty other cars are sitting on: 104 year old Carnegie rail, originally made in the year 1900! Date:
2004-06-20
Added:
2007-08-17
Two of San Joaquin Valley Railway GP28's, 1825 and 1826, switch cars in the UP yard at Bakersfield on September 15, 2003. Only about a dozen GP28's were ever built; their turbocharged GP35 cousins were much more popular. Date:
2003-09-15
Added:
2007-08-17
San Joaquin Valley Railway has been adding and revamping some of its power. Here is former Central Oregon and Pacific GP38 3829 waiting at Baker Street in Bakersfield for its next assignment. January 13, 2003. Date:
2003-01-13
Added:
2007-08-17
California Northern GP15-1 107 works for the San Joaquin Valley Railroad at Bakersfield on October 14, 2002. After picking up 21 cars at the UP Yard, this job works through Kern Jct and out onto the main. The conductor has hopped off and is unlocking the switch for the east leg of the wye to the Buttonwllow Branch. CFNR 107 will then back the train onto the branch. Date:
2002-10-14
Added:
2007-08-17
Even after the sugar beet factory at Betteravia, CA closed, the Santa Maria Valley continues to operate, even if they don't have to deal with 100 car beet trains anymore. On March 9, 2001, GE 70 tonner number 70 is putting its interchange train away in the UP's Guadalupe Yard. Check out the Hancock air whistles on the cab roof. Date:
2001-03-09
Added:
2007-08-17
San Joaquin Valley GP9 1761 waits for its next assignment at an unusual location, Bowerbank, CA on the Buttonwillow Branch. Bowerbank is located where the Buttonwillow Branch runs under the I-5 (Hwy 58 exit). April 20, 2000. Date:
2000-04-20
Added:
2007-08-17
Pacific Harbor Lines SD18m's 41 and 44 pull out of the PHL's yard in San Pedro, headed for the UP in Long Beach to pick up more cars for the Harbor Line. The PHL owns 4 SD18m's (former C&NWunits), as well as five former Conrail switchers. San Pedro, CA, March 26, 2000. Date:
2000-03-26
Added:
2007-08-17
Pacific Harbor Lines other two SD18m's (43 and 42) rest at San Pedro. Units 41, 42, 44 are painted in the Santa Fe inspired black and white tiger stripes, while 43 retains its Operation Lifesaver paint job from the C&NW. March 26, 2000. Date:
2000-03-26
Added:
2007-08-17
There are several creatures that are rarely photographed in the Central Valley. Here's one of them, a former Santa Fe GP7u, now working for Savage (formerly Asbury) that produces coke and graphites. Seen at Wasco, CA, January 17, 2000. Date:
2000-01-17
Added:
2007-08-17
What remains of branchline activity in the southern San Joaquin Valley is primarily operated by the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. Here GP20 2035 waits at Kern Jct. in Bakersfield to pull into the UP yard with it collection of tank cars from the Buttonwillow Branch and the old Sunset Railway. The photo was also taken October 11, 1999. Date:
1999-10-11
Added:
2007-08-17
Big Trona Baldwins 54 and 52 shove a cut of cars full of, well, Trona. Note the differences in the early and late carbodies. The 54 was originally a Kaiser Steel engine for the Eagle Mountain operation, complete with Mars light and dynamic brake grids in the short nose. Shown here working at Trona Yard on March 23, 1989. Date:
1989-03-23
Added:
2007-08-17
Trona AS616's 54 and 52 are pulling a cut of loaded Borax cars around the big curve between Trona and Westend. These old warriors had only a couple of years left before rebuilt SD45-2's displaced them and the SP power that would be borrowed for the runs down to Searles. March 23, 1989. Date:
1989-03-23
Added:
2007-08-17
Modesto and Empire Traction GE 70 tonners 607 and 606 roll into Empire Transfer with a cut of cars from Modesto. Date:
1986-09-06
Added:
2009-10-30
M&ET 607 and 606 wait to enter Empire Transfer Date:
1986-09-06
Added:
2009-10-30
Modesto and Empire Traction 607 and 606 meet the Santa Fe 5986 as it switches a cut of cars at Empire, CA on September 6, 1986. Date:
1986-09-06
Added:
2009-10-30
Santa Fe 5986 and friends slide past M&ET 607 and 606 at Empire. Date:
1986-09-06
Added:
2009-10-30
Three things come to mind when you say St. Louis...the Mississippi River, the Arch, and Budweiser. One of the ways the beer was distributed was via the Manufacturers Railway. In addition to its fleet of refrigerated cars, MRS had a variety of Alco switchers, including S2 209 seen switching near the MRS shops. June 2, 1984 Date:
1984-06-02
Added:
2007-08-17
Weyerhaeuser 310, a rebuilt U25B with an EMD engine, sits between runs at the Oregon, California, and Eastern's yard at Klamath Falls, OR. Date:
1983-08-21
Added:
2007-10-19
Oregon, California, and Eastern U25B rebuilds 7603, 7602, and 7601 with Weyerhaeuser (off to the left) at the OC&E's Klamath Falls, OR yard. Date:
1983-08-21
Added:
2007-10-19
Oregon, California, and Eastern RS12 7910 sits out front of the yard office in Klamath Falls, OR. Date:
1983-08-21
Added:
2007-10-19
Delta Bulk Terminal switches some of the large customers at the Port of Stockton. Planning on coping with large grain train cuts, DBT bought a former Conrail C636, which they numbered 1001. Seen here behind their boundary fence at Stockton, CA. December 4, 1982 Date:
1982-12-04
Added:
2007-09-22
Surprise! Tucked in behind a row of flangers at the east end of the Roseville shops is Stockton Terminal and Eastern S2 507, up from Stockton for some wheel work. August 16, 1982. Date:
1982-08-16
Added:
2007-08-16
On March 5th, 1982, we stop at 34th and Wood in Oakland to be sernaded by the Oakland Terminal's Baldwin 101. It is in the process of pumping up the air on a cut of cars that are on the tracks leading up towards 40th and San Pablo in Oakland. We're basically on the right of way that the Key System used to get its F-Line trains from 40th and San Pablo to the Bay Bridge by way of an underpass under the SP main. Of course, the OT used the old SP trestle that got the IER trains over the mainline and the "land-side" electric lines. Date:
1982-03-05
Added:
2007-08-15

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