JULY 2020: New Mexico’s Escalante Western Railway enjoyed a 35-year run conveying coal from mine mouth to power plant. As operations wound down this past April, photographers Joel Wendt, Dennis Stern, and Phillip Brahams explored this unique operation. We swing through eastern Oregon to explore the Union Pacific line through the Burnt River Canyon, while Steve Schmollinger takes us on a tour of busy Temple, Texas. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Operarting for 35 years in relative obscurity, New Mexico’s Escalante-Western Railway ceased operations at the end of April after delivering one final load of coal to the Tri-State Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt.
In the freight railroad business it’s often difficult to determine what’s really going on. For instance, freight business is down all over the country in the last year. But is this something serious or just a temporary blip?