BNSF 816 and BNSF 751 at Hannibal, MO.

BNSF 816 and BNSF 751 are southbound at the riverfront at Hannibal, MO. After making my way north along BNSF's Hannibal Subdivision from St. Louis, Missouri, I arrived at the subdivision's namesake town of Hannibal, Missouri. From the lookout atop Lovers' Leap, I spotted BNSF 816 and BNSF 751 leading a manifest freight south through the riverfront, along the Mississippi River. BNSF 816 and BNSF 751 with the Mississippi River in the background. In the background are the I-72 bridge and Norfolk Southern's lift bridge. Hannibal, Missouri, has two railroads that run through it. In addition to BNSF, Norfolk Southern's (NS) Springfield-Hannibal District crosses the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois. BNSF's Hannibal Subdivision crosses NS' Springfield-Hannibal District at a diamond crossing on the western side of the lift bridge. Going west from the diamond, the Hannibal District curves through a tunnel and rock-cut to the south before paralleling th

M561 and I001 at CP286 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision

  Control Point (CP) 286 sits at milepost (MP) 286.6 of CSX's Syracuse Terminal Subdivision . CP286 is just west of DeWitt Yard in East Syracuse, New York. In conjunction with CP285 , CP286 controls movements on the STS into and out of DeWitt Yard. The CP controls movements on mainline tracks 1 and 2, North Runner , Inbound Lead, Track 7, and Track 8.  CSXT 39 and CN 2838 are westbound with M367-07 on the North Runner. The Inbound Lead, next to North Runner, diverges from Track 1 here.   The eastern end of CP286 sits east of Burnet Avenue, at the end of Carr Street. The track arrangement, from south to north, is Track 2, Track 1, Inbound Lead, and the North Runner. The westbound absolute signals (WAS) are next to the former Pandrol Jackson/Speno rail services facility. The Inbound Lead diverges from Track 1 and runs east between the North Runner and Track 1 to DeWitt Yard.  Priority intermodal train I001-07 is westbound on Track 2 under the westbound cantilever signal bridge. To th

AMTK 714 leading Empire Service train P284 at Kirkville, NY.

P284-17, led by AMTK 714, is eastbound along Saintsville Rd. at Kirkville, NY. The train is on Track 2 of CSX's Syracuse Terminal Subdivision nearing Auto 280 .   Amtrak's Empire Service train P284 runs between Niagara Falls, New York, and New York City. P284 runs daily, making stops in the New York cities and towns of, Buffalo, Depew, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Amsterdam, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Hudson, Rhincliff, Poughkeepsie, Croton-on-Hudson, and Yonkers. Photograph taken on May 17, 2022, at Kirkville, New York.

CN 2838 and CSXT 39 on Q560-02 at DeWitt Yard

  Q560 is a daily manifest train that originates at CSX's Queensgate Yard in Cincinnati, Ohio, and travels to its final destination at Selkirk Yard in Selkirk, New York. Earlier this month, I came across CSX Q560 -02 with Canadian National (CN) 2838 and CSXT 39 on the point at DeWitt Yard waiting for a new crew. CN 2838 and CSXT 39 are on the head end of a crewless Q560-02 sitting on the North Runner at DeWitt Yard.   Q560-02 sat on the east end of the North Runner at DeWitt Yard in Minoa, New York. The train had arrived at DeWitt Yard in the early morning, after passing through Fairport, New York, at 03:35 AM. Depending on traffic, trains generally take an hour and a half to cover the distance between Fairport and Syracuse. A westward view of the east end of DeWitt Yard from North Main Street. Q560-02 is on the North Runner, next to the Local Yard Lead.   The day I caught Q560-02 was the day that CSX implemented the new "M" prefix for manifest train symbols. Any train or

BNSF 643, BNSF 6934, WC 3026 (map unit) at St. Louis, MO

In December 2006, at the east end of BNSF's Lindenwood Yard, I found a trio of locomotives that piqued my interest. The trio featured BNSF 643 (an ex-Santa Fe Warbonnet), BNSF 6934 (an SD40-2), and Wisconsin Central (WC) 3026, the heritage map anniversary locomotive. BNSF 643 is the lead locomotive on an eastbound/northbound manifest train at Lindenwood Yard. BNSF 643 (a C44-9W) was built in 1994 for the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) as ATSF 643. The locomotive was patched sometime after the Burlington Northern (BN) and Santa Fe merger. As of November 2019, BNSF 643 was still wearing its Warbonnet paint scheme , even though it was considerably more worn and faded. BNSF 643, BNSF 6934, and WC 3026 are eastbound along the River des Peres, at Sublette Ave. Built as ATSF 5191 in 1981 by Electromotive Division, BNSF 6943 was renumbered and repainted sometime after the BNSF-SF merger. The locomotive is an SD40-2, which is one of EMD's most popular freight locomotives

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