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.
Containers over land
Through the dry landscapes of northern Nevada, another doublestacker is on its way to Ogden over the Overland route.
An eastbound coal train runs through Palisade Canyon, worn out by the Humboldt river seen next to the train. Some remnants of the ghost town of Palisade can be seen. Apparently, crime rate in this town was very low, but whenever a train passed, inhabitants would stage gunfights and robberies, to boost tourism. Around the year 1870, that was.
A view on Palisade Canyon. On the right of the Humboldt river the eastbound train from the previous shot can still be seen, while a westbound, loaded, coal train is approaching Palisade ghost town.
The excitement of lights in the distance
Further waiting for trains on different spots only resulted in a higher number on the odometer. That’s one of this hobby’s greatest frustrations. When the sun was setting, we took a pause from driving and decided to try our luck at Battle Mountain. We were fortunate to get this freight in some beautiful light, followed by the eastbound California Zephyr. And that’s the opposite feeling of driving all the time: the excitement when light conditions are great and you finally see some lights in the distance.
After these shots, we continued our way towards northern California.
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