Friday, September 18, 2009

See America by Rail

Amtrak employs nearly 19,000 people. It operates passenger service on 21,000 miles of track primarily owned by freight railroads connecting 500 destinations in 46 states. In fiscal year 2008, Amtrak served 28.7 million passengers, representing six straight years of record ridership.

Amtrak - EMD F40PH - Green River Desert, Floy, Utah - May, 1989 - Eastbound Amtrak California Zephyr traverses the lunar surface between Solitude and Floy, Utah on the Rio Grande.

Amtrak - GE P32-8BWH - ATSF Stockton Subdivision - Orwood, California, March, 1993.

Amtrak - EMD F40PH - Woodside, Utah - June 12, 1989 - Thunderstorms blacken the Book Cliffs of the Green River Desert as a 15 car westbound Zephyr races out of desolate Woodside, Utah, on the Rio Grande.

Amtrak - EMD F40PH - MP 572.2 Tunnel 21 - Pryor, Oregon - August 26, 1991 - Haze from forest fires adds a surreal element to this view of Amtrak's southbound Coast Starlight climbing the western slopes of the Oregon Cascades near sunset.

LINK: To see more great railroad photographs from Blair Kooistra visit Railpictures.Net


Matt Hunter Ross said...

Beautiful pics!

Major Pepperidge said...

Boy, those are just some lovely photographs, even if they didn't have the trains!

Ray Peacock said...

Blair Kooistra is an oft-published rail photographer and all these images are nothing less than stellar. I especially like the last one, a verticle shot in Pryor, OR.

Trust me, these quality images are common in Mr. Kooistra's body of work as a rail photojournalist. I've been looking at his material for years always inspired by the quality of his images.

Keith said...

Hey there. Great post. Beautiful photos. I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend. Take care. Cheers!

Arthur W. Keddie said...

The words "Amtrak" and "California Zephyr" should never appear in the same sentence. That is an insult to "The most talked-about train in the country!".

Tony said...

Beautiful train photos. Rest assured Amtrak's reputation here on the east coast is, well, it is what it is I guess.

All I want to know is...sick of flying yet? I am.