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The Drama is Timeless

April 24, 2010

Change is relentless. Steam gave way to diesels. The Santa Fe gave way to the BNSF. Conventional cabs gave way to wide cabs. And so it goes. But there is one constant.

The drama. The drama of man vs. nature. The constant parade of trains, laden with thousands of  tons of goods, battling gravity, struggling to reach the summit of Cajon Pass, then its final destination.

No matter the conditions. Rain or shine, day or night, the lifeblood of our consumer society travels via railroad to its destination. Consumer demand will never end.

Santa Fe GP50 3832 leads the 881 train as it blasts around Sullivan's Curve on July 2, 1988

This photo illustrates that drama. The lead engine is at just the right angle to convey a sense of urgent motion while the boiling plume of exhaust illustrates the effort that the locomotives are exerting as they battle the 2.2% grade of Cajon Pass.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy Pierce permalink
    April 24, 2010 2:48 am

    Great picture

  2. Kevin permalink
    March 5, 2011 8:48 am

    Recently got back into railroading. Grew up with ATSF and SP in El Paso. This is one of the best photos I’ve seen lately, and I’ve seen alot!

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