No trains in Monument valley, but the place is too beautiful not to see. The sunset provided us some great views, reminding us of scenes from Western movies. Continue reading Monument Valley
For railfans, Page is not only known for its Horseshoe Curve. Black Mesa & Lake Powell runs an isolated railroad between the Peabody coal load at Kayenta and the Navajo electrical plant at Page. It is one of the few electrified railroad lines in the USA. BMLP uses GE E60CP engines, originally built for National Railways of Mexico (NdeM) for an intended line operating out … Continue reading Mexicans in Arizona
“After rain comes sunshine”, we say in Dutch. I’m guessing it’s a proverb that makes some sense in English too. By the time we got back to the car, the asphalt was dry enough to lie down and make a photo of the level crossing. This trains was the last one we photographed this day. Williams is located close to the Grand Canyon, so we … Continue reading Pause the show
And then you decide to go to the western United States to spend a few sunny days. Wrong! Last time we were in Williams, it was cloudy because of a forest fire. This time it as cloudy because it was raining. Ah well, the Kaibab National Forest is a great place to enjoy the rain. It’s very peacefull, except for a train every once and … Continue reading Enjoying the rain
Arid environments and forgetting your drinking water are a bad combination. It gets worse if you also forgot your food. We definitely had to get back to the car now that the sun was standing too high. The perfect time to give our body the necessary fuel. Hint: always bring enough water and food. In the afternoon we picked a spot at a place called … Continue reading What’s to find in Pica, Arizona?
We had seen many photos of Truxton Canyon, and wanted to try the spot as well. When subscribing in the logbook of the private property, we recognized a few names of fellow railfans that are active on sites like railpictures.net. Yes, we were probably on the right track to get to the spot! We left our non-all-terrain vehicle early on the bumpy road and hiked … Continue reading Frustration in Truxton Canyon
Between Needles and Kingman, both Interstate 40 and the BNSF transcontinental line run south and east of the Black Mountains. This mountain range stretches from Lake Mead in the North until the point that is shown here, at a place called Haviland, where a westbound container train runs along the southern part of the range. This zone is also called the Black Mesa. In the … Continue reading Black Mesa