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BNSF freight trains crossing the Mojave Desert in California, as seen from National Trails Highway (old Route 66) on November 8, 2013.  I-40 can be seen in the distance on the third shot.  The road passes through Route 66 ghost towns of Essex and Chambless, and the “ghost town that ain’t dead yet,” Amboy, home of the iconic Roy’s Motel (and cafe and gas station).

Photos taken with my trusty Canon A710IS, unprocessed.

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CSX on Norfolk Southern in Cleveland, OH by Brandon Townley
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CSX, BNSF, and Norfolk Southern locomotives pull an autorack train across the former Nickel Plate Road drawbridge in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Twin Ports—Five of Five

In this, my final post on contemporary rail activities in the Twin Ports, we see the Canadian Pacific transfer job from yesterday’s post meeting one from the BNSF. This area of Duluth is called Rice’s Point.

The Canadian Pacific job will exchange cars with the BNSF there and then move onto their yard nearby. The small BNSF train then heads off in the opposite direction to work the Verso paper plant in West Duluth. It’s interesting to note that these two locomotives carry GN reporting marks—and that they can be controlled remotely.

Five images by Richard Koenig; taken April 11th 2017.

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Power Parade by lennycarl08
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6 locos with 5 different paint schemes on the Stockton Sub

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188 Working the Sunday Local by lennycarl08
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GP60 still wearing Santa Fe blue and yellow working North Bay

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BNSF 3983 in the Rain by lennycarl08
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This shot pretty much sums up the whole winter in Northern California. UPS train at Christie.

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Out of Darkness by lennycarl08
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Into the slightly less dark as this set of light power exits the tunnel and heads into a storm at Glen Frazer on the Stockton Sub

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The Punishing Climb by Carlos Ferran
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UP 5566 leads a unit coal train uphill at Logan Hill, giving it its all as it struggles to get 16,000 tons of coal and train up and over the summit. The defaced unit sure could use a new paint job.

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Difference By A Nose by Lance
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With the BN-ATSF merger in 1995, a number of four-axle Santa Fe locos came over to the BN side to work locals. In March of 1996 the ATSF 2703 showed up to work out of Rochelle, Illinois on March 16, 1996 gleaming in fresh yellow and blue paint. It had just been repainted by Mid American Car in Kansas City earlier that month. Built as the ATSF 1203 in April of 1962, it still retrained much of it’s “as built” look. But back there on the left is the BN 2762–also built as a GP30 in August of 1962. That loco was constructed for the Southern Railway as their 2532 and it had the Hi-nose option. But when it went through the rebuilding program it had its nose configured to a more standard appearance. It still has the humped dynamic brake blister, but not quite as classy as the rounded cab roof as sported by the ATSF 2703.

Photo by Lance Wales