30 October 2006 – On Rich Mountain – Time To Go Home

by Jim on 2011/10/30

[Somehow Jimbaux found a way to get lost in you.]

I’m Nothing Without You?

Like I said last time, the 29th, with the large number of pictures that I presented of that day, was our last full day on Rich Mountain in October 2006, five years ago today.  We made our way back home to Louisiana the next day, the 30th, and here are a mere two pictures that I took from that day, both presented in the square format, which should make the old-school Hasselblad shooters happy.

We chased a C-KCWE (the only KCS coal train that comes this far south that comes from the UP in Kansas City) on its way to the Welsh plant and chased it up the mountain.  Here is, apparently, the only shot I got at Stapp in the entire trip.

I can’t remember how far south we chased this train, but perhaps the main reason why the below shot of him at Page is my last shot of it is that I ran out of room on my memory cards.

Yeah, I think that the day of 8GB CF cards had just started, and I didn’t have one yet.  Oh, and this is back when they cost more the $100; I saw one in the store a few weeks ago for less than $20!

Here is a cropped view of that image, as we end this series.

Yeah, apparently, I just shot the pushers on this day.  That’s really it.  That was the end of a great trip, wasn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I hope that you like what you’ve seen here and found it all both educational and entertaining.



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Danny Sisk October 30, 2011 at 18:13

Ive never heard of Rich Mountain but I sue want to go there ! Where exactly is it?


2 IAN LOASBY October 31, 2011 at 11:37

Some stunning locations and photography Jim, I’m as jealous as hell,

I was wondering if you’d care to share a link with me this side of the the pond

Ian L


3 David Kingsbury October 31, 2011 at 13:45

Great shots, I live in Cabot, Arkansas but try to get up there at least once a year. I work for the UP and even though
there is plenty of Activity in my area for Pure Awesome Mountain Railroading Rich Mountain is the Place to go!


4 Tom Becket November 2, 2011 at 13:17

I love the lighting on the mountain in that first shot-almost like an impressionist painting-and the color on the trees is wonderful.

Note to Danny Sisk: Rich Mountain is on the Kansas City Southern between Heavener Oklahoma, and Mena Ark. You can follow it on US 59 from either place. Well worth a visit.


5 Angeline Castilloux October 30, 2013 at 10:22

Great pictures, Jimbaux. That’s some beautiful scenery.


6 Dave Myers January 14, 2014 at 13:57

I really like one of your photos at
and would like to ask your permission to print it for framing (personal use). I work for a company that serves the rail industy, providing aluminum coal car replacement parts. I look forward to your reply. Thank you.


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