Shunting at Cheyenne

Just a quick diversion from the joys of Cornwall. After Debra revealed her Husband’s association with the Union Pacific Railroad I couldn’t resist producing these screenshots from a brief shunting session at lunchtime today…

UP96 Delivering Oil

Union Pacific 96 Delivering Oil at Cheyenne

UP96 Refuelling

Union Pacific 96 Refuelling at Cheyenne



  1. What a surprise, Martin! Jay will be so pleased. I think the two of you could have some wonderful conversations. My grandfather was a railroad man, too, and was responsible for Jay hiring out with the railroad in 1973. As you know very well, railroads, worldwide, have a tremendous history! πŸ™‚

    • Glad you liked it Debra. I find Railworks a pleasant way of relaxing. Perhaps I should have followed my heart instead of my head when I went to work in 1972 – Post Office Telecomms were paying significantly more to their apprentices than British Railways. There have been many occasions when I’ve wondered if I should’ve gone to work for the railway.

  2. These are fantastic, Martin. I have a long association with that part of the world.Have you cycled Betjeman’s old branch line down through Wadebridge – is it The Camel Line? You have summed up the atmosphere there beautifully…

    • Hi Kate – I’d be mightly impressed to find a UP switcher on the Wadebridge line! I’m guessing this comment has misappropriated itself to the wrong post and belongs to the Bodmin Prairie πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind comment πŸ™‚ I haven’t cycled along the old Camel route, just ridden on the preserved railway which currently only gets as far as Boscarne Junction. I’m sure that it must be a fun route to ride. I know that the Bodmin and Wenford Railway are hoping to reopen some more of the old line to trains again and that would be really good, especially if they can somehow maintain the cycle way too.

  3. I am not a trainspotter but something about UP and BNSF makes me go weak at the knees, as do these great shots!

    • Thanks Patti – I’ve got some BNSF loco’s on another route – will have to do screenshots sometime πŸ™‚

      • Martin, please forgive me my ignorance but I would love to know more about “screenshots!” These are so good and I can’t wait to see your BNSF’s.

      • Hi Patti – screenshots. Well normally you can take a snapshot of what is on your computer screen by pressing the Alt and Prt Scr keys together. This saves your screen to memory and then you can paste it to a word document for example (very handy when illustrating code errors to the developers) – you can try that one at home πŸ˜‰ However, many games give the ability to save a view of the screen at any time so you can show your friends that you really did beat the evil baddie in the game you’re playing. Railworks / Train Simulator has a camera button using which you can save a particular moment in the game and, combined with many other viewing options, it is possible to set up some very pleasing train images (but no evil baddies!). Hope this helps.

        ps – Your wish is my command πŸ™‚

  4. These are brilliant my friend πŸ™‚
    I always liked your postings on


  5. Not too shabby, sir!

  6. It looks like they are racing.

  7. Martin, you are so kind, thank you! Now to pop over to Railworks but I don’t trust my train driving skills . . . πŸ™‚ Your screenshots are fantastic!

    • You’ll be fine Patti – though you may run out of patience on a long scenario… It’s the exact opposite of Gran Tourismo – gentle throttle inputs and early gentle breaking. Make sure you uinderstand the signals and what they mean otherwise you’re gonna SPAD πŸ˜‰

  8. For some reason, these make me think the scene is really the wide open western spaces of the US!

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