Santa Fe at Christie, California, March 18, 1993.

Santa Fe Railway in Franklin Canyon
: In the 1990s, Santa Fe’s line through California’s Franklin Canyon featured jointed rail, searchlight block signals, and traditional code lines strung from poles along the right-of-way. The sun sets on the track at the west switch at Christie. Exposed with Nikormat FT3 and 105mm f1.8 lens on Fujichrome 100 slide film.

In the mid-1990s, I often photographed Santa Fe in the bucolic splendor of Franklin Canyon. While I made many images of Santa Fe’s trains, for me this atmospheric image captures the wonderful quality of the place and I featured it in my big book on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway published by MBI Publishing in 2005. (Out of print)