I developed an interest in railroads while living in North Dakota in the mid-to-late 1960s. Since then I've shot rail pictures in all 50 states and ten countries. This page has some of my favorites over the years. All copyright Rick Morgan
The Sunset Limited at Tucson early in the Amtrak era. SP FP7 6458 leads another FP7, an F7B and GP9. 6 May 1971.
A winter's night in Alamogordo NM, 26 December 1973. The SP depot at the foot of 10th Street; the operator is inside preparing orders for a northbound. The depot has since been removed.
During the 1970s the SP's Golden State Route through New Mexico saw a lot of Rock Island equipment being used through to El Paso. This RI caboose is on the end of an eastbound train as it splits the semaphores south of Alamogordo NM on 12 January 1974.
Missouri Pacific U30C 3327 leads the road's daily Pueblo to St Louis freight at Jefferson City MO. The crew has changed and they are ready to continue east. The date is 22 Aug 1974.
The Rock Island was the consummate granger railroad with a fascinating array of locomotives and operations. SW1 534 is shown here between jobs at Chickasha OK on a hot summer day. It's a war baby, being delivered in 1942. 17Aug 1975.
Only two EMD RS1325s were built, both going to the Chicago & Illinois Midland. CIM 31 sticks its nose out of the enginehouse at Taylorville IL in March 1976.
Winter in Western Iowa- three BN units pull a train through Pacific Junction on 14 Jan 1977 while on their way towards Chicago. SD45 6505 leads U33C 5722 and F45 6640.
A pair of CP SD40-2s back a van (caboose) up to a cut of cars on the Vancouver waterfront on 14 July 1977. This set of tracks has since been removed as has CP's old yard.
A westbound loaded coal train headed for Robert's Bank runs past a barn and field near Matsqui British Columbia on 19 Aug 1991.
Winter in Manitoba; a pair of CP SW1200RSs work cars in St Boniface with the temps near zero Celsius. The date is 13 Mar 1993.
Southern Pacific personified- six units bringing a freight across an arid landscape. In this case the train is an eastbound on the now-abandoned Modoc Line. We're three miles north of Wendel California on 7 April 1993, where the crew will change and they'll drop three units to help the next westbound on its path to Klamath Falls.
Three Conrail units, led by SD50 6822, cross the Rapidan River with southbound on the Norfolk Southern on 15 Apr 1995.
Where the Buffalo once roamed; a trio of DM&E SD40-2s bring a train westbound through Box Elder SD on 6 August 1996.
I've been fortunate to make several business trips to Australia since 2010 and have had the opportunity to shoot trains in three states. The country is beautiful, the people friendly and beer cold. Here are three of my favorites from my visits "Down Under". This is a Pacific National train headed from Brisbane to Melbourne as it crosses the Border Range that divides Queensland from New South Wales. Two NR-class units have the train well in hand today.
As with its animals, Australia is full of unique and colorful locomotives that we don't see in the U.S. Alco-powered units still abound, if you know where to look. These are DL-535 "Branchline" units; 900HP light-weight types that are considered among the most important designs in the country's railroad history in that they replaced steam in the 1960s on many of the country's wheat lines. Four are shown here at Temora NSW on 9 March 2014 with a grain train.
"Up" (towards Sydney) steel train 3PW4 runs towards Junee NSW on 1 Feb 2014 behind a trio of NR-class GE-powered diesels. The lead unit still wears its as-built colors while the trailers wear variations of the Pacific National scheme.