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A Day on the Lake County Railroad

A Day on the Lake County Railroad
Photo Essay by Michael Johannessen

In 2004 Michael Johannessen spent a day photographing a Lake County Railroad freight as it went about its duties. All photos on this page are by Michael Johannessen and are used with permission.

The #1617 switching the Fremont mill early in the morning.

The #1617 returning from the perlite reload with perlite loads.

The southbound train rolling along the shores of Goose Lake.

Another shot of the southbound train.

Note the frost still on the rails in the tree shadow.

The #1617 in the Pit River Canyon not far north of Alturas.

Approaching Alturas, with the Warner Mountains rising in the distance.

Another shot of the train approaching Alturas.

The #1617 arriving in Alturas.

Two members of the train crew preparing to get off the locomotive to do the switching at Alturas.

The crew has finished swapping loads for empties and has started the trip back north to Lakeview.