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Rick Erben's Collection
 
10/19/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Rick Erben
Dates:6/21/2009 - 9/16/2009
Album Info:NS, UP, BNSF, CSX - Pennsylvania to Oregon
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In The Narrows
Title:  In The Narrows
Description:  NS 7519 booms downgrade through the narrows at Hawstone, PA between Lewistown and Denholm.
Photo Date:  6/24/2009  Upload Date: 3/30/2010 11:56:20 PM
Location:  Hawstone, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 7519(ES40DC)
Views:  143   Comments: 0
Faded Lady
Title:  Faded Lady
Description:  NS 8432 glides down the Juniata River valley through Thompsontown, PA. A signal bridge once spanned the tracks where the antenna now stands in the distance.
Photo Date:  6/24/2009  Upload Date: 3/30/2010 11:48:12 PM
Location:  Thompsontown Station, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 8432(C40-8W)
Views:  129   Comments: 0
Flying Low
Title:  Flying Low
Description:  NS 9135 is flying low as it cruises up the valley past the eastward home signals at Hawstone, PA.
Photo Date:  6/24/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:01:03 AM
Location:  Hawstone, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9135(C40-9W)
Views:  134   Comments: 0
Ramrods
Title:  Ramrods
Description:  NS 3351 helper set gives NS 9395 a boost into the mountain grade.
Photo Date:  6/25/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:22:39 AM
Location:  Altoona(CP Slope), PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 3351(SD40-2)
Views:  140   Comments: 0
NS 9335
Title:  NS 9335
Description:  NS 2652 and 9335 bring ore loads east! Until the mid-90s, and typical during PRR/PC/early CR days, iron ore still ran west frequently when the mills were still thriving. As many as five or six loaded trains a day headed inland from the ports of Philadelphia, Fairless or Baltimore when ships arrived; with 150-220 car empties returning to be loaded - often jenny hoppers with their machine gun-like cadence over the rail joints. Nowadays, like the economy in general, everything seems backwards. Old "naught" track doesnt seem long for existence given the accumulating rust.
Photo Date:  6/25/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:37:43 AM
Location:  Cresson, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NS 9335(C40-9W)
Views:  112   Comments: 0
Beginning the assault
Title:  Beginning the assault
Description:  NS 9395 with a slab train begins the assault upon the grade to Gallitzin as it passes Slope interlocking at the west end of Altoona.
Photo Date:  6/25/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:09:56 AM
Location:  Altoona(CP Slope), PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9395(C40-9W)
Views:  184   Comments: 1
CSX 439
Title:  CSX 439
Description:  CSX 439 leads a westbound manifest through Deshler, OH past the former B&O Dispatchers Office. Back in the late 50s, TRAINS Magazine did a great article about the dispatchers job here, that controlled a lengthy stretch of the north-south line from Toledo.
Photo Date:  6/26/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:53:27 AM
Location:  Deshler, OH
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CSX 439(AC44CW)
Views:  173   Comments: 0
CSX 7725
Title:  CSX 7725
Description:  CSX 7725 leads a southbound manifest out of Deshler, OH past the truly classic cantilever supporting equally classic CPLs. These near relics from another era recall a time when every road had its own unique "flavor" in the manner it kept its plant (signal systems, communications, depots, etc.), ran its traffic and maintained its power. Enjoy them while ya can!
Photo Date:  6/26/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:01:13 AM
Location:  Deshler, OH
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CSX 7725(C40-8W)
Views:  174   Comments: 1
Sandhills Meet
Title:  Sandhills Meet
Description:  BNSF 5745 has just met a westbound empty as its DPU unit passes the loaded outfit near Antioch, NE.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:43:59 PM
Location:  Antioch, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5745(ES44AC) BNSF 5844(ES44AC)
Views:  206   Comments: 1
BNSF 5745
Title:  BNSF 5745
Description:  BNSF 5745 cants to a curve near Ellsworth, NE bringing Powder River basin coal east on BNSFs Sandhills Sub.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 11:47:51 AM
Location:  Ellsworth, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5745(ES44AC)
Views:  181   Comments: 0
A day at the beach
Title:  A day at the beach
Description:  BNSF 5745 runs east amidst the sand and tall grass, although the only waves are in the contour of the undulating hills. Once Burlington Roads "long branch" from Lincoln to its junction with the old NP near Billings, MT, this rural line was transformed with the advent of low sulphur coal business in the seventies and, over the interceding decades has become mostly a double-track route. This scene is at a control poiint between Bingham and Ashby, NE in this vast ranching country.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:18:51 PM
Location:  Ashby, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5745(ES44AC)
Views:  182   Comments: 0
BNSF 5745
Title:  BNSF 5745
Description:  BNSF 5745 passes one of the numerous aquafer-fed lakes amidst the sandhills region, east of Whitman, NE.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:28:13 PM
Location:  Whitman, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5745(ES44AC)
Views:  178   Comments: 0
BNSF 9997
Title:  BNSF 9997
Description:  BNSF 9997 is eastbound on one of the remaining segments of single-track between Ashby and Hyannis, NE. Windmills abound is this region, where water is drawn for livestock on the numerous ranches.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:32:19 PM
Location:  Ashby, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9997(SD70MAC)
Views:  152   Comments: 1
No bull
Title:  No bull
Description:  Grant County, NE, Nebraska Route 2 between Whitman and Mullen.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:24:26 PM
Location:  Whitman, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  96   Comments: 0
KCS 4031
Title:  KCS 4031
Description:  KCS 4031 leads BNSF 9689 past elements of the local railfan community in this sparsely settled region, out to watch the proceedings on heavy-duty double track west of Mullen, NE.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:38:45 PM
Location:  Mullen, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4031(SD70ACe) BNSF 9689(SD70MAC)
Views:  200   Comments: 0
From out of the sundown
Title:  From out of the sundown
Description:  UP 6666 with yet more coal loads heads east in the evening sweet light past sunflowers and the communications lines that have succumbed to progress with the extension of CTC along this portion of the railroad.
Photo Date:  7/8/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 12:54:49 PM
Location:  Silver Creek, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 6666(AC44CW) UP 6613(AC44CW)
Views:  158   Comments: 0
Wings over the prairie
Title:  Wings over the prairie
Description:  UP 8338 could just as well be a gas turbine, an E-9 or F-7 with its wings unfolded in flight across the high plains in a scene that is so typical of UPs Nebraska Division (now Sidney Subdiv.) with lengthy tangents, the pole lines, sunflowers and distant block signal lights. Here a westbound 1+1 DPU manifest passes MP40-3 between Colton and Sidney, NE.
Photo Date:  8/11/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:10:35 PM
Location:  Colton, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8338(SD70ACe)
Views:  122   Comments: 0
Good fortune at Gilluly
Title:  Good fortune at Gilluly
Description:  BNSF 5368 grinds up the west slope of Soldier Summit at West Gilluly, UT.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:25:27 PM
Location:  Gilluly, UT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5368(C44-9W)
Views:  160   Comments: 0
Coming through Kyune
Title:  Coming through Kyune
Description:  BNSF 5368 eases its consist down the steep grade through Kyune, UT. A pity there is not more overhead traffic on this route since the closure of Tennessee Pass, yet the BNSF trackage rights business adds a little.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:32:18 PM
Location:  Kyune, UT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5368(C44-9W)
Views:  434   Comments: 4
Almost at the top
Title:  Almost at the top
Description:  BNSF 5368 is almost to the summit at West Solider Summit, UT.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:29:00 PM
Location:  Soldier Summit, UT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5368(C44-9W)
Views:  157   Comments: 0
BNSF 6188
Title:  BNSF 6188
Description:  BNSF 6188 kindly appeared as I was riding west on I-80; making quite a sight as its lengthy consist coiled down the grade.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:40:38 PM
Location:  Silver Zone, NV
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 6188(ES44AC) BNSF 4797(C44-9W) BNSF 7656(ES44DC)
Views:  583   Comments: 1
Descending Silver Zone
Title:  Descending Silver Zone
Description:  BNSF 6188 tiptoes through the sage as it descends from Silver Zone Pass in the Nevada desert.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:37:18 PM
Location:  Silver Zone, NV
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 6188(ES44AC)
Views:  143   Comments: 0
Railfans Lament
Title:  Railfans Lament
Description:  In a version of the old adage "all dressed up with no place to go"; here I stand at Moor, NV along the old SP with camera ready, excellent sweet light, but not a train in sight. Better luck tomorrow, up the road.
Photo Date:  8/13/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 1:43:26 PM
Location:  Moor, NV
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives: 
Views:  238   Comments: 0
UPs Oregon Short Line is a scenic delight
Title:  UPs Oregon Short Line is a scenic delight
Description:  UP 5285 follows the Snake as it approaches Glenns Ferry, ID.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 2:01:47 PM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5285(AC45CCTE) UP 7772(AC45CCTE) UP 5273(AC45CCTE)
Views:  277   Comments: 0
The train and the river
Title:  The train and the river
Description:  UP 5285 has a 3+2 DPU double-stack outfit rolling smoothly along a nearly immaculate right of way as it approaches Glenns Ferry.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 3/31/2010 2:05:27 PM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5285(AC45CCTE) UP 7772(AC45CCTE) UP 5273(AC45CCTE)
Views:  235   Comments: 0
UP 5616 West comin your way
Title:  UP 5616 West comin your way
Description:  Nothing like a manifest to brighten the afternoon.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:17:09 AM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5616(AC44CWCTE) UP 5591(AC44CWCTE) UP 5601(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
In the catbird seat
Title:  In the catbird seat
Description:  A wonderful vantage point along old US 30 from which to enjoy the proceedings along UPs mainstreet to the northwest. The 5616 has a 3+1 DPU manifest.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:22:06 AM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5616(AC44CWCTE) UP 5591(AC44CWCTE) UP 5601(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  516   Comments: 6
21st century caboose
Title:  21st century caboose
Description:  UP 5621 suffices for marker lights on UP 5642 East.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:39:47 AM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5621(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  142   Comments: 0
Sneaking around the corner
Title:  Sneaking around the corner
Description:  UP 5642 follows the Snake as it heads eastward from Glenns Ferry.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:26:15 AM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5642(AC44CWCTE) UP 5612(AC44CWCTE) UP 4200(SD70M) UP 5002(SD70M) UP 5604(AC44CWCTE) UP 8001(SD9043MAC)
Views:  287   Comments: 0
UP 5642
Title:  UP 5642
Description:  A 6+1 DPU manifest rolls east.
Photo Date:  8/14/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:37:06 AM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5642(AC44CWCTE) UP 5612(AC44CWCTE) UP 4200(SD70M) UP 5002(SD70M) UP 5604(AC44CWCTE) UP 8001(SD9043MAC)
Views:  266   Comments: 0
Cattails and containers
Title:  Cattails and containers
Description:  This scene reminds me of Bealville, CA by the manner in which the railroad comes down off Telocaset hill in the background (the grade is just above the level of the containers and pole lines). Albeit not as steep an incline or as compressed geographically, this segment of railroad is quite an arduous route itself. UP 4584 brings an intermodal into the mountain valley at Union Jct., OR and past a classic CTC installation.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 10:31:25 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 4584(SD70M) UP 4433(SD70M) UP 5164(SD70M)
Views:  177   Comments: 0
Arriving for a meet
Title:  Arriving for a meet
Description:  UP 5256 with an eastbound manifest at Union Jct., OR
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 10:51:27 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5256(AC45CCTE) UP 4641(SD70M) UP 3807(SD70M)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
An idyllic vista
Title:  An idyllic vista
Description:  This is really a lovely spot in Oregons Grande Ronde River valley, with the Wallowa Mountains in the distance. UP 5256 eases down to the east end of the siding, awaiting a meet.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:17:12 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5256(AC45CCTE) UP 4641(SD70M) UP 3807(SD70M)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
Going solo
Title:  Going solo
Description:  UP 5604 with a Hinkle-bound manifest has its work cut out for it. After leaving the valley of the Snake River at Rock Island, OR, UPs La Grande Subdivision cuts northwestward with some steep grades over the Blue Mountains to reach the Columbia River valley. Here UP 5604 (with UP 5612 on the rear) ascends the first major climb on its path across the mountains at Oxman.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 10:08:59 AM
Location:  Oxman, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5604(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  134   Comments: 1
Near the top
Title:  Near the top
Description:  UP 5604 is almost to the summit of the Blues at Kamela, OR
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:04:03 PM
Location:  Kamela, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5604(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  109   Comments: 0
Our friend the 5604, again,
Title:  Our friend the 5604, again,
Description:  The 5604 climbs into the Blue Mountains near Motanic, OR.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:56:52 AM
Location:  Motanic, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5604(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  103   Comments: 1
Ready to go
Title:  Ready to go
Description:  As the westbound nears, UP 5256 begins to pull, with two DPUs bringing up the rear.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:34:30 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 3881(SD70M) UP 7665(AC45CCTE)
Views:  163   Comments: 0
Arriving in town
Title:  Arriving in town
Description:  UP 7698 is slowing for a crew change in La Grande.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:43:21 AM
Location:  La Grande, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7698(AC45CCTE)
Views:  119   Comments: 0
Chasing the sundown
Title:  Chasing the sundown
Description:  UP 7698 is on its last lap into Hinkle as it passes the west end of Barnhart siding with wings aglow - an exciting end to a marvelous day in Oregon.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:31:32 PM
Location:  Barnhart, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7698(AC45CCTE)
Views:  130   Comments: 1
The lowly manifest lets one by
Title:  The lowly manifest lets one by
Description:  UP 7916 is getting around UP 5604 West at Meacham, OR on the west slope of the Blue Mountain grade.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:14:53 PM
Location:  Meacham, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7916(AC45CCTE) UP 5604(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  150   Comments: 0
Coming and going
Title:  Coming and going
Description:  UP 7916 West passes the 5256 East s DPU power.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:36:08 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7916(AC45CCTE) UP 7665(AC45CCTE)
Views:  142   Comments: 0
The iconic wings
Title:  The iconic wings
Description:  No other railroad logo has survived the years of consolidations - not the great keystone, the B&Os capitol dome, the Northern Pacific monad or the Great Northern goat, et al. All have passed, but for the KCS. Yet the Union Pacific emblem is into its third century of existence and endurance.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:26:55 PM
Location:  Meacham, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7916(AC45CCTE) UP 7446(AC45CCTE) UP 8522(SD70ACe)
Views:  180   Comments: 0
Home stretch to La Grande
Title:  Home stretch to La Grande
Description:  UP 7916 West has just a few more miles to the division point in La Grande, OR.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:37:38 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7916(AC45CCTE) UP 7446(AC45CCTE) UP 8522(SD70ACe)
Views:  210   Comments: 0
Here it comes
Title:  Here it comes
Description:  UP 5256 awaits a meet with the 7916 West that is dropping down the grade.
Photo Date:  8/16/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 11:26:12 AM
Location:  Union Junction, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  96   Comments: 0
Picture window
Title:  Picture window
Description:  The camera view finder is my picture window as BNSF 4128 enhances the sumptuous scenery.
Photo Date:  8/17/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:40:45 PM
Location:  Maryhill, WA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4128(C44-9W)
Views:  134   Comments: 1
Slow Monday
Title:  Slow Monday
Description:  There wasnt much happening, but this grain empty was a welcome development.
Photo Date:  8/17/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:43:24 PM
Location:  Maryhill, WA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4128(C44-9W)
Views:  129   Comments: 1
Manifests make my day
Title:  Manifests make my day
Description:  BNSF 4662 rattles down the Columbia River valley along the old SP&S.
Photo Date:  8/17/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 12:46:57 PM
Location:  Maryhill, WA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4662(C44-9W)
Views:  114   Comments: 0
Headed for the plains
Title:  Headed for the plains
Description:  BNSF 756 has cut its helpers off at Summit and is moving past Bison.
Photo Date:  8/20/2009  Upload Date: 4/2/2010 2:19:11 PM
Location:  Bison, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 756(C44-9W) NS 7558(ES40DC) BNSF 2103(GP38-2) CP 9512(AC44CW)
Views:  289   Comments: 0
A photographic cliche
Title:  A photographic cliche
Description:  It is a well visited location - for obvious reasons; and the snowless peaks lessen the dramatic appeal. BNSF 756 heads over Two Medicine viaduct between East Glacier and Spotted Robe along US 2.
Photo Date:  8/20/2009  Upload Date: 4/2/2010 2:22:03 PM
Location:  East Glacier Park, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 756(C44-9W) NS 7558(ES40DC) BNSF 2103(GP38-2) CP 9512(AC44CW)
Views:  282   Comments: 1
Good Juju
Title:  Good Juju
Description:  I was goofing off, sipping coffee and enjoying the exhilarating Montana air while packing the bike in the morning when this outfit came rambling through the pines west of Essex. There was an MW gang waiting to get on after Amtrak so I hurriedly packed and headed east on US 2, hoping the train would stop for helpers at Essex. It did, thus allowing me to follow the train up Marias Pass. Here BNSF 756, decidedly outside of traditional warbonnet territory, is resplendent amongst the tall pines.
Photo Date:  8/20/2009  Upload Date: 4/1/2010 1:07:55 PM
Location:  Java, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 756(C44-9W) NS 7558(ES40DC) BNSF 2103(GP38-2) CP 9512(AC44CW)
Views:  284   Comments: 0


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