Welcome to CarrTracks, the leading website for western historical train symbol information. I have been producing freight train history, blocking, and schedule books since 1984. I hope some of the information posted here helps you enjoy this great hobby. There are over 3,000 pages on this site, so make sure you bookmark this page so you can come back again.
I've added some photographs taken by John W. Barriger, III (1899-1976) to the
gallery. John Barriger took most of his pictures from the open vestibule of the
observation car at the rear of the passenger train. Occasionally, he would lean
out and take a shot looking forward down the side of the train. These types of
observation cars were phased out during the 1940s and 50s, replaced by
streamlined observation cars that were enclosed. This made photography a little
more difficult as he had to shoot through the rear window and could no longer
get side shots. The first group should supplement the Library of Congress
Santa Fe photos taken by Jack Delano in 1943. The second group are of the
Southern Pacific. I'll add more as I have time. See
John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library is a part of the St. Louis
Also many more of his pictures can be viewed on Fickr
I've put together a 14 page train recognition guide for BNSF trains on the Transcon. The top page is the Flagstaff Guide. Information was last updated on February 27, 2020. I've also added a history of Santa Fe and Southern Pacific signals to the library (first two entries).
My interest is in railroad freight train operations and photography, primarily the Santa Fe, BNSF, Burlington Northern, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific. See the about page for more information about me and my connections with the railroads.
The CarrTracks library contains articles on railroad operations where you will find interesting content and good illustrations. Right now, the three largest articles are on the Burlington Northern, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. A smaller article covers hot intermodal trains on the Santa Fe. There is also an article to help model railroaders dream up realistic names for their towns, industries, and trains. You can click on most of the small pictures to display a larger image and get additional information. Please remember that all of the photos are copyrighted by CarrTracks and should not be used without permission.
The CarrTracks train picture gallery is divided into sections of pictures. Most sections are arranged in geographical order. The picture pages have been chained together so you can easily view all of the pictures in a particular section. There are over 6,000 pictures in the Gallery. I have upgrading the site to be compatible with cell phones. However, the majority of the website is for viewing photographs, so your cell phone may not like the wide pictures.
The Sales area has been shut down because costs were exceeding income. You can still email me (see below) to check on photo CDs and I'll send you instructions.
This site is not intended to compete with other fine railfan sites. See the CarrTracks links page for other railfan sites.
CAUTION: There are over 3,000 pages on this site, there are 2,600 pages that may take more than 30 seconds to load if you are on a very slow modem. The number of slow pages is getting higher due to larger picture sizes. Pictures that had been around 50K are now 100K or larger.
There are about 25,500 links on this site with 35 links to other sites. As much as I've tried to make sure that all of these links work, things break. Please let me know if you discover any dead links while surfing the CarrTracks website. I will be most grateful and you will be helping your fellow railfans.
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CarrTracks. If you have a website and would like to exchange links
email john underscore carr at wycliffe dot org
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