Southern Pacific 371 leads the outbound "oil cans" at Bradley, California in November of 2000. The big AC4400CW is lugging this oil unit train from the Mobil wells at Wunpost to the port at Long Beach. The train is often elusive in daylight, often running the length of the Coast Line...
Canadian Pacific FP7 number 1400 makes a run down the San Francisco Peninsula at Menlo Park, California in November of 2000. The CP varnish was on tour to promote Canadian tourism, and presented a rare chance to see a working f-unit on the Peninsula.
A solid train of potash rolls down the slopes of the Sierra Nevada at Casa Loma, California in October of 2006. Union Pacific's route over Donner Pass will become much more active in the future once the tunnel improvements are made.
A rarity. Two identical Southern Pacific 4-6-2's are steamed up at the Golden Gate Railroad Museum in January of 2003. This would be the last steam event held at the San Francisco, California location. The 2472 has moved to Niles Canyon, and the 2467 is housed inside the railroad museum in...
A set of ex-Chicago & Northwestern gallery cars pull up to the San Antonio stop in Mountain View, California in June of 2001. These old C&NW gallery cars pinch hit for CalTrain's own coaches. CalTrain's gallery cars were being rebuilt by Alstom during that year.
This was unheard of in the Southern Pacific's days of commuter trains. A female CalTrain conductor validates tickets inside one of the old Chicago & Northwestern gallery cars in June of 2001. Lots of women are now serving aboard the commuter trains as conductors or assistant conductors. Even...
SP 9817 leads a northbound intermodal at Sargent, California in June of 2000. What I wouldn't give for a time machine right now. UP just eliminated through freights on the Coast Line, and has plugged the sidings with stored cars.
Forgive the unremarkable photo of a remarkable event. Was riding the Southwest Chief on May 11, 2009. Noticed the new California car bringing up the rear. Had to wait for the Fort Madison, Iowa smoker's stop to get this grab shot. I guess that's how they get the newly manufactured coaches to...
Three GP40-2's take the southbound "Santa Margarita Turn" past produce fields near San Ardo, California in August of 2000. The three geeps will have no problem handling the one car train today. ;)
A pair of pure Southern Pacific GP40-2's lead the "Santa Margarita Turn" past Harlem on the Coast Sub in November of 2000. Some fall colors dot the river as it winds down the valley to Santa Margarita. Harlem is about four miles south of Soledad, California.
The Union Pacific "Santa Cruz Local" engineer switches cabs while paused at the wye in Santa Cruz, California yesterday. The train had a real "heritage" mix of Rio Grande, Western Pacific, and Southern Pacific locomotives. :)
Union Pacific 1347 takes an abbreviated "Santa Cruz Local" down Beach Street in Santa Cruz, California yesterday. It will only be a few more weeks before Beach Street and the municipal wharf are congested with summer tourists.
A pair of former SP tunnel motors and a Rio Grande GP40-2 take a Roseville to San Jose manifest past Pinole, California in March of 2002. The t-motors were in their last days of service. First for their age, and second for the closing of the yard at San Jose just two years later.
One of Union Pacific's flawed SD90MAC's takes a short eastbound freight through Grass Lake, California on the Shasta Route in August of 2002. The big EMD's are all in the scrap pile just a about a decade after their construction.
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