In the midst of a long, steady climb out of Carson City, the former McCloud #18 lifts the pops as she hauls a short freight past the gaping Overman Pit, en route to Gold Hill, just a quarter mile or so ahead. Photo by Kevin Madore
A V&T freight double-header bursts out of the east portal of the "Yellow Jacket Tunnel", with V&T #29 in the lead, and #18 playing the role of road engine, as the train claws its way through the last mile and a half of the climb to Virginia City. Photo by Kevin Madore
With stormy weather over the plains and the city of Denver (visible just above the tree line on the ridge) in the background, a westbound Union Pacific manifest freight climbs out of Clay, Colorado, on April 18, 2003. Leading the eight locomotive consist is a former Chicago and North Western GE AC4400CW.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, climbs in his car prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19, 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee.
With both Gold Rush era steam engines and vintage diesels pulling a train of historic Pullman coaches, excursion cars for taking in the fresh air, and even a little dining car, the historic Niles Canyon Railway is like climbing aboard a toy train set, in real life.