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Stunning photos of trains in the western United States

The first American transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Many original tracks remain in use — but since the decline of the American passenger service, they’re mostly frequented by freight trains, such as this Union Pacific AC4400CW 6632 train at Moffat Tunnel, Rollinsville, Colorado.

Union Pacific AC4400CW 6632, descending from Moffat Tunnel near Rollinsville, Colorado, on 24th August 2007

Montana Rail Link GP9 113 over the Fork River Bridge, Paradise, Montana, 31st August 2009

BNSF C44-9W Hackberry east of Kingman, Arizona, 9th March 2014

BNSF C44-9W, Skykomish, Washington

BNSF C44-9W 4368 at Bison descending Marias Pass between Summit and East Glacier, 14th September 2013

Union Pacific SD40-2 3246, Potash in the Colorado River Canyon, 31st August 2007

Amtrak P42 50 and 167, East Glacier, 1 September 2009

BNSF SD40-2s1683, from Marias Pass Summit into East Glacier, 15th July 2015

BNSF ES44DC7419, near Browning, Montana, 15th September 2013

BNSF C44-9W, Horse Thief Lake, 12th September 2010

Union Pacific 6690 and AC4460CW 7324, Biggs, Orgegon, 12th September 2010

BNSF ES44DC 6955, Winona, 8th March 2014

BNSF ES44AC 6280, Palmer Divide at Larkspur, Colorado, 19th September 2011


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