Two welders get horizontal to replace a worn out floor in the nose of Union Pacific SD40-2 No. 3071 during the locomotive’s transformation into a SD40N at UP’s Downing B. Jenks Shop at North Littl... (more)
Several welders replace worn out floors and sheet metal during Union Pacific SD40-2 No. 3071’s transformation into a SD40N at the railroad’s Downing B. Jenks Shop at North Little Rock, Arkansas, o... (more)
CSX maintenance of way and LORAM crews grind #2 track near Martinsburg, WV.
A welder cleans up a field weld with a grinder after a large gang of Union Pacific maintenance-of-way workers replaced the frog at the west switch of Mounds, Utah, on the morning of May 11, 2006.
Blacksmith at Work
The coal mine of Zenica is a dangerous place. They couldn’t afford the necessary investments in infrastructure for more than a decade. Many weeks the miners we... (more)
From the eastern edge of the mine, on the evening of January 17, 2018, we were able to experience and photograph spectacular sparks of the heavy-duty steam locomotive with its coal train.
Photographing these "Sparkly Trains" as they are often referred to can be a challenge. They are often photographed in the dark and spark output can vary greatly drastically changing the lighting c... (more)
On September 28, 2011, inside Union Pacific’s De Soto, Missouri, car shop a welder grinds a repair to a freight car truck side frame that once belonged to UP covered hopper No. 980091. The repaire... (more)
A worker from Union Pacific’s De Soto car shop in Missouri cuts up damaged pieces from WPSX coal gon No. 1626 that is in the shop getting repairs done on September 28, 2011. These aluminum pieces ... (more)
On the evening of January 3rd 2018, a loaded Coal Train blasts out of the loading yard past 83 Station at the bottom of the grade out of Sandaoling Open Cut Coal Mine, Nth West China.
A welder inside Union Pacific’s De Soto, Missouri, car shop repairs a freight car truck side frame on September 28, 2011. Even through a welders mask, there’s a slight resemblance to a famous joll... (more)
With an impressive sparks rain an unidentified 2-8-2 JS steamlocomotive is tackling the grade out of the pit at Sandaoling with a load of coal.
After sunset an unidentified JS class is storming up the grade from the pit with an impressive sparks rain.
It's about 7 F or -14 Celsius. The staff of the JS # 8225 2-8-2 steamlocomotive of the Sandaoling coal mine is warming up a frozen valve below the cab with a busket of red-hot coals.
At Union Pacific’s car shop in De Soto, Missouri, a welder repairs a freight car part in a fury of molten metal and flying sparks on the evening of September 28, 2011.