Jun 28, 2009
Thanks and you are welcome! Sorry, I didn't get the number for the SP unit.
Next we headed over to the Golden Spike Tower to look at Bailey Yard from above.
East Bound Coal Train
Some Hump Action
A Few Yard Switchers
Now for a double stack container train meet.
From The West
From The East
Ben, very nice. That's a place I sure hope to visit someday. Glad you covered it so well.
Thanks Jim! If you do visit I highly recommend doing so during Railfest so that you can take in the bus tour of the yard.
As we approach Cheyenne I tried to bag a couple of shots from I-80.
After checking into the hotel and grabbing some dinner, we went out to do a little evening railfanning.
A few cars sitting in the Cheyenne yard.
Some of the rotary plow support equipment.
As we continued walking we came across two UP trucks in a parking lot.
Next we stumbled upon some surviving fallen flags near the depot.
Also a few oldies were spotted near the round house.
A look at the tower.
And one of the last photos of the evening.
To be continued...
My old stompin' grounds. Man, I miss Cheyenne! Nice catch on the 'Grande gon!
Thanks! I should have some of the better pictures resized and uploaded from the following day soon.
Thanks Ben ,. being a UP rail fan I liked the spread very much .
You are welcome! More photos from this trip will be posted soon.
whew, had to go digging to find this thread!
I went on a 3 week vacation last month from home here in AZ up through Utah and Idaho to Montana. Did a bit of railfanning along the way and got to take some pictures at places I've always wanted to go see. This was also a camping trip and I had other people with me so my chances of sitting trackside for hours or driving to many different locations was very limited. The train gods were with me though, as I did happen to catch some really good activity when I was out and about =)
The first shots I was able to grab didn't come till the Snake River valley in Idaho, at Glenn's Ferry. These were taken from the truck while pacing the train at 60mph!
UP 7516 with the Snake River in the foreground
The crossover at Glenn's Ferry.
Next stop is St. Maries, Idaho
It was an overcast day in St. Maries, Idaho, but at least it wasn't raining. Drove down by the yard of the short line to see what was going on. Unfortunately I missed the daily train to the UP connection at Plummer, but was pleased to see all the old stuff sitting right next to the road. =)
More at St. Maries
The lone locomotive sitting by the shops
And a few old passenger cars in the yard
After the overnight stay near St. Maries, it was time to head up to Sandpoint, where the real fun begins! If only this overcast weather would go away....
After getting to Sandpoint, the rain continued for a few days. In between sprinkles, I was able to grab a few shots as we went for a drive up to Bonner's Ferry.
Following the tracks on a backroad outside Napels, there was a break in the trees at East Naples CP. As I grabbed my camera and got out of the truck, I was surprised to see a black bear running across the tracks not more than 30 yards from me! By the time I could get the camera out and the cap off, he'd already run across the tracks and was heading up the other side.
He must have known there was a train coming, cause as soon as he was into the trees, the headlights of a BNSF train appeared in the distance.