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6/25/2017
 
 
 
 
  Viewing the last 200 photos I selected as my favorite Pictures.
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The California Livestock
Title:  The California Livestock
Description:  Hot on the heels of the westbound van trains came the CLS with its head end block of hogs - business which lasted until the mid-nineties. The train would be stopping out west of Rawlins to pick up additional hog traffic that came up off the Greeley Sub and was set-out online for the CLS later in the evening. There are a couple fast forties augmenting the imposing DD-40AX and the train will really roll across the high plains.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 2/10/2013 3:55:39 PM
Location:  Cheyenne, WY
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6927(DDA40X)
Views:  324   Comments: 1
Recrew on P-2.
Title:  Recrew on P-2.
Description:  Centennials generally showed up on general manifest in an eastward direction as power was excessed back toward North Platte, however, one would occasionally be consisted in a westbound freight as is the case on this outfit recrewing at Cheyenne.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 2/10/2013 3:59:23 PM
Location:  Cheyenne, WY
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6914(DDA40X)
Views:  247   Comments: 0
UP 8044 West
Title:  UP 8044 West
Description:  The grade begins right in town and here a westbound van outfit with a snoot fast forty accelerates into Sherman Hill and a fast trip to Rawlins.
Photo Date:  5/1/1980  Upload Date: 2/10/2013 4:13:30 PM
Location:  Cheyenne, WY
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 8044(SD40-2)
Views:  309   Comments: 0
Christmas Day 1979
Title:  Christmas Day 1979
Description:  UP 6925 has a westbound hotshot rolling through Borie, WY where the grade over Sherman Hill stiffens appreciably. I decided not to crop out my 1978 Pontiac Grand-Am parked nearby. Christmas notwithstanding, the railroad is running trains and I would likely be going to work later that night.
Photo Date:  12/25/1979  Upload Date: 2/10/2013 3:35:46 PM
Location:  Borie, WY
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6925(DDA40X)
Views:  395   Comments: 0
The right moment
Title:  The right moment
Description:  A little bit of sunlight at the right moment contrasted with a dramatic sky makes for an appealing view of NS 7698 East.
Photo Date:  10/20/2012  Upload Date: 11/1/2012 10:55:05 AM
Location:  Horningford, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 7698(ES40DC)
Views:  171   Comments: 0
Nailing it
Title:  Nailing it
Description:  I really like this shot! The proverbial sucker hole of sunlight at an opportune moment makes the NS 6908 stand out against a dramatic sky as it brings an eastbound manifest past the former PRR block station at Huntingdon, PA. Highball!
Photo Date:  10/20/2012  Upload Date: 11/1/2012 10:14:13 AM
Location:  Huntingdon, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  NS 6908(SD60E)
Views:  230   Comments: 2
West Coast Clipper
Title:  West Coast Clipper
Description:  Harsimus Cove to Conway symbol freight NWC-1 - the "West Coast Clipper" (Chicago connections from Conway) passed McVeytown, PA on a rainy morning in May of 1968 - Penn-Central being 3 months old at the time.
Photo Date:  5/12/1968  Upload Date: 10/11/2012 1:16:11 PM
Location:  McVeytown, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  PRR 4366(FP7A) PRR 3546B(F7B) PRR 1477(F7A) PRR 2404(RS27)
Views:  1738   Comments: 1
Snapping the First Class
Title:  Snapping the First Class
Description:  No.25 - The Duquesne - with a pair of U25C helpers and three E units with 22 cars and healthy head-end traffic is coming out of Scotch Run Curve at MP 241 on this first day of September, 1966 at a time when renumbering of locomotives had begun for the pending Penn-Central merger. PRR helpers on the point were referred to as "snappers". Note the lead E unit still has its trainphone antennas.
Photo Date:  9/1/1966  Upload Date: 10/11/2012 12:47:54 PM
Location:  ALTOONA (HORSESHOE CURVE), PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  PRR 6514(U25C) PRR 6516(U25C) PRR 4206(E7A) PRR 4117B(E7B) PRR 4276(E8A)
Views:  1473   Comments: 2
Motors and Catenary
Title:  Motors and Catenary
Description:  PRR 4442 and mate round the long curve between Merion and Narberth with an Enola-bound freight, most likely out of South Philly. There were five to six freights originating out of Philly (Pavonia, NJ/Frankford Jct. & Greenwich) at this time. High density freight and passenger operation made any time along the tracks here well spent. Electrics were referred to as "motors" on the Pennsy.
Photo Date:  3/1/1965  Upload Date: 10/11/2012 1:55:43 PM
Location:  Narberth, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  PRR 4442(E44)
Views:  566   Comments: 2
The idyllic Middle Division
Title:  The idyllic Middle Division
Description:  Symbol freight PMC-3 follows the placid waters of the Juniata River as it rounds the bend at old Tuscarora Station near MP 148 with 78 cars. Check those Katy gons on the point.
Photo Date:  8/12/1968  Upload Date: 10/11/2012 1:25:25 PM
Location:  Tuscarora, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  PRR 6076(SD40) PRR 6057(SD40)
Views:  927   Comments: 2
Highballing Hawstone
Title:  Highballing Hawstone
Description:  Second generation six axle power - an SD-45 and C-628 - have a roll on symbol PF-6 in the narrows east of Lewsitown at Hawstone. Triple (or more) track and position lights at every block, and man did they roll.
Photo Date:  7/15/1968  Upload Date: 7/18/2012 12:37:55 AM
Location:  Hawstone, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  PRR 6221(SD45)
Views:  952   Comments: 1
BNSF 4479
Title:  BNSF 4479
Description:  Westbound 4+2 grain train climbing the grade to Yampai Summit
Photo Date:  5/2/2012  Upload Date: 7/13/2012 11:50:12 PM
Location:  Yampai, AZ
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4479(C44-9W) CSX 357(AC44CW) BNSF 5436(C44-9W) BNSF 718(C44-9W)
Views:  186   Comments: 2
BNSF 4505
Title:  BNSF 4505
Description:  Dropping down the grade towards Mojave, BNSF 4505 passes beneath the endangered signal bridge at MP 377.
Photo Date:  5/3/2012  Upload Date: 7/13/2012 11:56:38 PM
Location:  Mojave, CA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4505(C44-9W)
Views:  239   Comments: 4
Making their Nebraska debut
Title:  Making their Nebraska debut
Description:  Thats right. NS 1067 & NS 8104 in glorious RDG & LV colors are on the point of a Laurel, MT-bound manifest just out of Lincoln this Hot Sunday evening. What a treat!
Photo Date:  7/15/2012  Upload Date: 7/16/2012 1:56:33 AM
Location:  Denton, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  NS 1067(SD70ACe) NS 8104(ES44AC) BNSF 6198(ES44AC)
Views:  391   Comments: 3
NS 1067 and NS 8104
Title:  NS 1067 and NS 8104
Description:  Two of NSs fine heritage program units are on the point of a Laurel, MT-bound manifest a short distance west of Lincoln. I spent much of my youth along the Reading Company and visiting its fine employees in the Philly area, thus the appearance of the 1067 on the point was more than satisfying.
Photo Date:  7/15/2012  Upload Date: 7/17/2012 1:54:57 AM
Location:  Denton, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  NS 1067(SD70ACe) NS 8104(ES44AC) BNSF 6198(ES44AC)
Views:  334   Comments: 4
The Shiloh Limited
Title:  The Shiloh Limited
Description:  Celebrating Union Pacifics 150th year, UP 844 is enroute from Cheyenne to Council Bluffs to pick up more equipment, thence toward Marion, AR. Its a nearly immaculate locomotive at this stage of the journey.
Photo Date:  3/23/2012  Upload Date: 3/24/2012 2:14:33 AM
Location:  Missouri Valley, IA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Steam,Action
Locomotives:  UP 844(4-8-4)
Views:  895   Comments: 6
Classic UP
Title:  Classic UP
Description:  From the armour yellow and wings to the signals and communications line, no doubt about it.
Photo Date:  8/21/2011  Upload Date: 2/2/2012 4:21:11 PM
Location:  King Hill, ID
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5627(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  690   Comments: 8
Just right
Title:  Just right
Description:  I rode from Sandpoint, ID (huge run of trains after dark) over to Rock Island, WA to see the trestle within a trestle but came up snake eyes on trains. So I headed for the Columbia gorge around Wishram and spent the night at one of the better motel bargains - Dintys for some $42 a night, clean and right near the UP. Next morning I am sipping coffee, marveling at how good the lighting is for a train, if one were to show. Voila! here comes UP 7353 East to start off a good morning of activity.
Photo Date:  8/18/2011  Upload Date: 2/2/2012 3:21:19 PM
Location:  Biggs, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7353(AC45CCTE) UP 9766(C44-9W) UP 5077(SD70M)
Views:  272   Comments: 4
A vista of contrasts
Title:  A vista of contrasts
Description:  Not long behind a manifest comes UP 7839 with double-stacks. What a marvelous content of contrasts such as the blue river, parched canyon walls, high plains and Mt. Hood - with a railroad running right down the center of the scene.
Photo Date:  8/18/2011  Upload Date: 2/2/2012 3:23:09 PM
Location:  Biggs, OR
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7839(AC45CCTE)
Views:  241   Comments: 7
Welcome to the mountains
Title:  Welcome to the mountains
Description:  BNSF 4313 gets underway for Marias Pass with an eastbound freight train.
Photo Date:  8/14/2011  Upload Date: 1/27/2012 1:42:05 AM
Location:  Essex, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 4313(C44-9W) BNSF 4915(C44-9W)
Views:  219   Comments: 0
Into the foothills of the Rockies
Title:  Into the foothills of the Rockies
Description:  BNSF 5380 between Browning and Spotted Robe past the wind fence. I suspect the wind can really swoop down in this area. Winds were (& are) always a big pain along the UP between Cheyenne and Laramie with intermodal equipment.
Photo Date:  8/13/2011  Upload Date: 1/27/2012 1:39:14 AM
Location:  Browning, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5380(C44-9W) BNSF 4867(C44-9W)
Views:  305   Comments: 2
BNSF 5380 drags a manifest off the high plains
Title:  BNSF 5380 drags a manifest off the high plains
Description:  I rode hard from Livingston for the Hi Line. Running ahead of time, I was going to try for a shot at the Cut Bank trestle. Went to start the Harley after gassing up and nothing. The battery was cooked. Fortunately, a couple townfolk - a gentleman from Glacier Auto and a wheat farmer - lent a hand as they are riders also. So they found a battery for the bike on a Saturday afternoon. I had a room reserved in Essex and was on my way into the sundown, running late now. Of course, lots of trains while I am laid up. But I caught up to this slow-moving westbound approaching Browning so everything worked out okay. That's a big sun visor on the fireman's side!
Photo Date:  8/13/2011  Upload Date: 1/27/2012 1:34:30 AM
Location:  Browning, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5380(C44-9W) BNSF 4867(C44-9W)
Views:  386   Comments: 2
Tehachapi Morning
Title:  Tehachapi Morning
Description:  BNSF 7555 leads a southbound intermodal outfit through the Loop.
Photo Date:  4/23/2011  Upload Date: 1/25/2012 4:28:07 PM
Location:  Walong, CA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7555(ES44DC)
Views:  616   Comments: 7
Mountain grade
Title:  Mountain grade
Description:  BNSF 7283 noses through the control point at South Walong, and past the classic searchlights. Rather than impediments, the code line now provides a classic flavor to the scene.
Photo Date:  4/23/2011  Upload Date: 1/25/2012 4:45:49 PM
Location:  Walong, CA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7283(ES44DC)
Views:  215   Comments: 0
At long last
Title:  At long last
Description:  It is getting quite overgrown along the right of way at Mapleton making a shot with the signal bridge impossible from much of a distance. Eventually that will not matter as the remaining signal bridges are on borrowed time now. After patiently waiting with ears at attention (they sneak up pretty quick here) a telltale rumble announced the approach of an eastbound and, enjoyably, a manifest at that! Here the 9544 scoots through the sweeping curve and down the valley toward Jacks Narrows.
Photo Date:  9/18/2011  Upload Date: 9/21/2011 4:00:06 PM
Location:  Mapleton, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives:  NS 9544(C40-9W)
Views:  241   Comments: 0
A charging horse with sunset herald, a wave of the hand and a hearty roar of traction motors
Title:  A charging horse with sunset herald, a wave of the hand and a hearty roar of traction motors
Description:  The SP heritage ACe, a pleasing combination of black widow and daylight schemes, rides again - charging through Bealville with a West Colton-bound manifest.
Photo Date:  4/22/2011  Upload Date: 9/27/2011 2:56:11 PM
Location:  Bealville, CA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 1996(SD70ACe) UP 5374(AC45CCTE) UP 5451(AC45CCTE)
Views:  368   Comments: 0
A whole lotta crossing over going on
Title:  A whole lotta crossing over going on
Description:  BNSF 6662 waits for BNSF 5444 West to clear the crossovers at West Winslow. Traffic often diverts to left-hand running east of Winslow, owing to prevailing gradients.
Photo Date:  4/20/2011  Upload Date: 9/23/2011 12:14:24 PM
Location:  Winslow, AZ
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  BNSF 6662(ES44C4) BNSF 7813(ES44DC)
Views:  446   Comments: 5
Three views of BNSF 7704-III
Title:  Three views of BNSF 7704-III
Description:  If I wind up in heaven I hope there are some tracks close by. Heaven on earth here and the roar of power better than harps.
Photo Date:  4/23/2011  Upload Date: 10/8/2011 1:26:05 PM
Location:  Walong, CA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7704(ES44DC) BNSF 7762(ES44DC) CSX 122(AC44CW) BNSF 1017(C44-9W)
Views:  300   Comments: 1
Yampai Afternoon-I
Title:  Yampai Afternoon-I
Description:  The spirits of trainwatching smiled this afternoon as activity at Yampai was fairly steady. In the days of 251 (current of traffic) dispatching , the speed trains made over hills was valuable information in determining their future location in relation to following hotshots. On UP we would use their speed over Creston to determine speed over Tipton and, later, on the climb from Spring Valley to Altamont. BNSF 5279 comes chugging up the grade from Pica to Yampai. Dispatchers would use information about speed on the hill here to determine what a train would do climbing west from Needles.
Photo Date:  4/20/2011  Upload Date: 9/23/2011 12:58:32 PM
Location:  Yampai, AZ
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5279(C44-9W) BNSF 7786(ES44DC) BNSF 8280(SD75I)
Views:  331   Comments: 1
Felicity at Forge
Title:  Felicity at Forge
Description:  Sipping coffee, enjoying a Tasty Pie and how pleasant for a nice eastbound manifest to show on a pleasant autumn morning. Forge Block Station used to sit on the opposite side of the tracks near the radio antenna, and was an interlocking where the railroad opened up to a four-track mainline once more after a constricted triple track segment through Spruce Creek valley.
Photo Date:  10/23/2010  Upload Date: 11/9/2010 11:54:49 AM
Location:  Tyrone Forge, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9637(C40-9W)
Views:  198   Comments: 0
Cold Curve
Title:  Cold Curve
Description:  The 9598 leans into the tight arc of Cold Curve on the final couple miles of the ascent toward Gallitzin.
Photo Date:  10/16/2010  Upload Date: 11/5/2010 2:04:08 PM
Location:  Allegrippus, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9598(C40-9W) NS 8314(C40-8W)
Views:  213   Comments: 1
Mountain Railroading
Title:  Mountain Railroading
Description:  The essence. As late as 1951, there were some 54 first class schedules, twenty four of which passed MG between 11pm and 6am. Ten years later, the schedules were more than cut in half. That one time volume with all of the freight traffic and helper movements associated therewith accounts for the necessity of an interlocking mid-grade on the east slope of The Mountain, hence the presence of this architecturally superb block station deep in the Allegheny forest.
Photo Date:  10/16/2010  Upload Date: 11/5/2010 12:16:50 PM
Location:  MG Tower, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 6327(SD40E)
Views:  314   Comments: 1
Old habits
Title:  Old habits
Description:  You gotta be real careful along the right of way and I find my old Pennsy brakeman instincts serve me well over the years insofar as keeping alert. The old electric motors were silent and could creep up on you with little warning; and newer diesels are so well muffled that they may also sneak up upon one. Traffic moves briskly and relatively silently through the narrows between Mifflin and Lewistown. The slope of Shade Mountain has allowed the setting sun to illuminate the depths of the gorge at Hawstone as NS 7500 races west with empty hoppers - scattering the leaves.
Photo Date:  10/21/2010  Upload Date: 11/8/2010 10:43:38 AM
Location:  Hawstone, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 7500(ES40DC)
Views:  343   Comments: 3
Three Views of NS 9886 Part III
Title:  Three Views of NS 9886 Part III
Description:  What a gorgeous sky with the clouds. I couldnt believe my fortune that the sun stayed dominant during the passage of three trains here.
Photo Date:  10/21/2010  Upload Date: 11/8/2010 9:32:21 AM
Location:  Newport, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 9886(C40-9W) NS 8851(C40-9) NS 9739(C40-9W)
Views:  246   Comments: 1
Timelines
Title:  Timelines
Description:  The lengthy shadows from a low mid-October sun are, in effect, timelines of distance from the age of steam when cinders kept the trackside foliage at bay. Here former CR 5571 leads empty hoppers from No.3 to No.2 track and past the eastward home signals for MG amidst autumn splendor.
Photo Date:  10/16/2010  Upload Date: 11/5/2010 11:49:45 AM
Location:  MG Tower, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  NS 6804(SD60M) NS 8763(C40-8)
Views:  231   Comments: 1
Autumn Serenade
Title:  Autumn Serenade
Description:  Ahhh, the exquisite pleasure of hearing locomotives smoothly assaulting the grade amidst the piquant air and eye-candy surroundings of autumn foliage. A helper set is coupled ahead of the lone road unit to snap a hopper train up the grade.
Photo Date:  10/16/2010  Upload Date: 11/5/2010 11:35:19 AM
Location:  MG Tower, PA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  NS 6312(SD40E) NS 6325(SD40E) NS 2724(SD70M-2)
Views:  264   Comments: 2
Eastbound in the late afternoon
Title:  Eastbound in the late afternoon
Description:  Coming out of the 150 degree arc at Austin, the railroad reverses direction to gain altitude. This affords nice opportunity to catch an eastbound in good light at 6pm. But that will be all for daylight. Time to head up to the Marysville House for a killer good T-Bone.
Photo Date:  10/2/2010  Upload Date: 10/12/2010 3:16:25 AM
Location:  Austin, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 796(C44-9W) BNSF 4426(C44-9W) MRL 255(SD40-2XR) BNSF 4582(C44-9W)
Views:  363   Comments: 1
Hi Line Vista
Title:  Hi Line Vista
Description:  BNSF 7841 West clings to the edge of the mountain as it negotiates a tight curve between Sheds 8 and 7 west of Blacktail on the descent from Marias Pass toward the Flathead river valley. From the look of some of those boulders, it appears the slide fence has been useful over time.
Photo Date:  9/30/2010  Upload Date: 10/9/2010 11:23:43 AM
Location:  Blacktail, MT
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7841(ES44DC) BNSF 1109(C44-9W)
Views:  722   Comments: 7
UP 7920
Title:  UP 7920
Description:  Amidst the sunflowers of September and the backdrop of the huge grain elevator at Troxel, NE, just west of Fremont, the 7920 appears lonely on the point of a westbound double-stack outfit, with another unit mid-train.
Photo Date:  9/7/2010  Upload Date: 9/8/2010 2:20:08 AM
Location:  Troxel, NE
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7920(AC45CCTE)
Views:  251   Comments: 0
Out of a summers afternoon
Title:  Out of a summers afternoon
Description:  UP3903 leads an automobile train down the Boyer River valley between Logan and Missouri Valley, IA
Photo Date:  8/25/2010  Upload Date: 8/31/2010 8:29:13 AM
Location:  Logan, IA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 3903(SD70M) UP 4659(SD70M)
Views:  233   Comments: 1
Manifest on an idyllic summer afternoon
Title:  Manifest on an idyllic summer afternoon
Description:  UP 4654 in on the tail of the UP 3883 with another eastbound manifest, heading compass north between Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley.
Photo Date:  6/29/2010  Upload Date: 7/3/2010 11:47:19 AM
Location:  Loveland, IA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 4654(SD70M)
Views:  247   Comments: 0
Heartland Classic
Title:  Heartland Classic
Description:  UP 3883 hustles an eastbound manifest through Loveland, IA on a mild June afternoon.
Photo Date:  6/29/2010  Upload Date: 7/3/2010 11:37:27 AM
Location:  Loveland, IA
Author:  Rick Erben
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 3883(SD70M)
Views:  333   Comments: 6


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