An extremely long freight train and track bisect a horizontal image with cloudy sky above, grassy prairie below, and a set of farm buildings almost dead center. The locomotive emits a lengthy smoke plume that stretches nearly half the length of the image. The farmstead consists of a tight cluster of five larger buildings and several smaller ones, all painted white. A pump frame stands in the center foreground. Prairie plants bloom in the immediate foreground, and at the far left a highway overpass crosses the tracks.
A. C. Kalmbach, better known as a publisher of railroad literature, also excelled at photography. Few images capture trains of this length in a horizontal perspective.
Railroading, agriculture, landscape, and the high western sky combine in this extremely satisfying picture. Because of the immensity of the composition, details are small, put into the scale of the vast American west. A landscape specialist might find much to study in the immediate foreground.