“Every year the local High
School in Tracy has a firework display. While pretty small, at around
115 fireworks launched and lasting just 15 minutes, where else will you
find a California Northern GP15-1 that has front row seats to the
Montana Rail Link’s 844 local led by two GP35s rolls across an old wooden trestle and past a patch of Silvery Lupine flowers. The local is heading up the 6th Subdivision Harrison Branch to serve Harrison Grain Elevator. The lead GP35 no. 403 is former Rio Grande no. 3039
The Rock Island Line painted EMD E8 #652 in this Bicentennial paint scheme. This photo at La Salle Street Station is from August 1977 - note the old-style open-window commuter cars with no air conditioning!
High up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, overlooking Donner Lake, are the abandoned tunnels that remain from the first transcontinental railroad route. In 1993, after 125 years of use, Southern Pacific shifted train traffic to a newer tunnel and ripped the rails up, leaving these tunnels to slowly decay and collapse.