Friday, March 30, 2012

The Burlington Northern (CB&Q) in Sherdan, Wyoming

These photographs depict two Burlington Northern depots, or rather former depots, in Sheridan, Wyoming.  The wooden structure is the older of the two, being a 19th Century depot.  It's in private ownership today, and is actually currently for sale.

The brick structure is much later, and it bears a striking resemblance to the BN depot in Casper, Wyoming.  Apparently Burlington Northern depots were built to a standard set of plans. This substantial depot is also no longer a BN depot, but is now a bar and grill in Sheridan.

Also depicted is a decommissioned BN locomotive, built in 1940.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Where the tracks no longer run

This area had tracks up until just recently, although now it's hard to tell unless you walk the ground.  This was the location of a sidetrack serving the Casper Air Base during World War Two. Regarded as a potential asset, as they still lead to the airport grounds up until recently, that feeling obviously no longer exists, and they were recently taken out.

Specialized steam engine, PIke's Peak Colorado

I don't know anything about this small engine, other than that it was on display in 1958 at Pike's Peak, Colorado.  It was obviously built at an angle anticipating being used on steep grades.  This is a cog wheel engine, which basically uses a geared wheel to climb a steep grade.

Union Pacific Terminal, Cheyenne Wyoming

Central Avenue, or what  becomes the South Greeley Highway, has an overpass over the substantial Union Pacific yard in Cheyenne.  This modern railroad terminal features a tower, much like an airport tower, which is bisected by Central Avenue, making the UP tower an island in the automobile traffic.

Union Pacific Rail Yard and Depot, Cheyenne Wyoming

This is the Union Pacific Depot in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Built in 1887, and renovated and added on to in 1922 and 1929, today it houses a railroad museum and a restaurant.  It remains a major Cheyenne landmark.  These photographs were rather obviously taken fairly early on a March morning.

And this is the Union Pacific roundhouse in the rail yard. The railyard itself is a major Union Pacific rail yard.  The roundhouse is the home to Union Pacific 844, 838, 5511 and UP Challenger 3985, all steam locomotives.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Railhead: Union Pacific Railroad Rail Yard

I recently updated this older entry.  The reason is that I went and scanned the original negatives, rather than the prints, and the old photographs are, therefore, much more clear than they had been previously.

Railhead: Union Pacific Railroad Rail Yard:

Union Pacific, Albany County, 1985