Through the dry landscapes of northern Nevada, another doublestacker is on its way to Ogden over the Overland route. Continue reading Containers over land
The Overland Route connects Chicago to Oakland, following the grade of the first transcontinenal railroad. It traverses Utah from Ogden over the Great Salt Lake to Tecoma, NV. Still wary for snakes, we didn’t have a choice than to walk between the bushes and rocks to get the next shots we wanted. No reptiles this time, but we encountered this westbound train. Continue reading More snakes?
The low density traffic of the Utah Railway line impressed us so much that we decided to stay just a little bit longer. A good decision, so it seems, because only 10 minutes after we got a Union Pacific train going downhill we got this oil train towards Helper. Notice the bridge behind the train: it consists of an old flat car. This was the … Continue reading Goodbye, Utah Railway
Train traffic in Price River Canyon is impressive. I’m speaking quality wise. This loaded coal train is hauled by 5 engines, and has 6 helpers in the middle of the train. The curvy rails and steep grade assured the audiovisual spectacle. It has a been a very long time since I experienced such a power showdown. Continue reading The road to the top is curvy and steep
After lunch in Green River, we started looking for a new photo ocation and found this one. The place is called Cedar according to the Atlas, but apart from a level crossing there’s nothing to see 🙂 After only a few minutes, we heard the rumble of a train in the distance, and a few more minutes later the same coal train we saw earlier … Continue reading Have I seen you before?
What does the moon look like? I think we got an idea while hanging around Green River’s Book Cliffs. From a position a bit higher than the previous one, we got another coal train being helped by a pushing unit. After this photo, it was high time to feed our stomachs and find a new spot, towards Price River Canyon. Continue reading To the moon
We wanted to make a photo with the Book Cliffs as a background. All we needed was a train coming from Green River to make it work. Unfortunately, we only saw traffic coming from the wrong side. But then, fortunately, this train needed some pushing units on the back of the train. The landscape doesn’t only look very arid, it most definitely was hot and … Continue reading Some like it hot, and dry
After not seeing any freight trains the day before, we tried our luck again on the Thompson – Green River section. Landscape was looking too promising. First train that came through was the eastbound California Zephyr. Today it was hauled by a locomotive in phase I livery, commemorating Amtrak’s 40th anniversary in 2011. With this photo, I tried a new technique of developping the photos … Continue reading California Zephyr (II)
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?
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