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BNSF 614 - Warbonnet - Ottumwa Subdivision - Lockridge, IA

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BNSF 614 (a GE C44-9W), still in its Santa Fe Warbonnet paint scheme, and BNSF 1018 (a GE C44-9W) lead a train of corn syrup tank cars east on the BNSF Ottumwa Subdivision. The train is round a curve alongside Highway US 34, on the east side of Lockridge, Iowa.
BNSF 614 BNSF 614 was built in 1994, for the Santa Fe Railway by General Electric, and is a C44-9W. The locomotive was built just a year or so before the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Santa Fe Railway began their merger, which was officially finalized in late 1996. The locomotive still has Santa Fe lettering on the sides, but the front of the cab has been re-lettered with BNSF.
About the image The original image was capture on a 35mm transparency, which was then copied and converted to digital using a Canon DSLR combined with a Sigma macro lens. Lighting for the copy slide setup was provided by a single flash connected to the camera via an off-shoe cord.  Post processing was done with Nik Software's Dfine 2 and Adobe P…

BNSF 614 - Warbonnet - Ottumwa Subdivision - 7/29/04

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BNSF 614 (GE C44-9W), in the Santa Fe Warbonnet paint scheme, and BNSF 1018 (GE C44-9W) lead a train of corn syrup tank cars east at the Goodyear Road overpass.
BNSF 614 BNSF 614 was built in 1994, for the Santa Fe Railway by General Electric, and is a C44-9W model. The locomotive was built about a year or so before the Burlington Northern Railroad and the Santa Fe Railway began their merger, which was officially finalized in late 1996. The locomotive still has Santa Fe lettering on both of its sides, but the front of the cab has been re-lettered with BNSF. At the time of the photograph, the BNSF was officially named the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, but is now officially named the BNSF Railway.
About the image The original image was captured on a 35mm transparency (Kodak Ektachrome) using a Canon A2E film camera and a 70-200mm Canon lens. The image was converted to digital using a copy-slide set up. I took an old retail camera box and cut a hole in the top of the box …

BNSF 7333 - SD40-2 - KCS Godfrey Subdivision - June 2003

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BNSF 7333 leads, FURX 7931(ex-Burlington Northern) and BNSF 6883 (ex-Santa Fe) north at Dehli Road on Kansas City Southern's Godfrey Subdivision.

The original image was captured on a 35mm transparency and scanned using a Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED film scanner. Post production was done using Nik Software's Dfine 2 and Sharpener Pro 3 in Adobe Photoshop.

Photograph taken: Dehli, Illinois, in June 2003.

UP Train ILXMND-18 - Chester Subdivision - 06/22/12

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Intermodal containers sit double stacked in well cars, on south bound Union Pacific (UP) train ILXMND-18. The train is between Valmeyer, Illinois, and Chalfin Bridge, Illinois, on Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision.
Train ILXMND-18 Train ILXMND-18 was a detour train running on the Chester Subdivision. This train runs between the Port of Los Angeles (LX) to Marion, Arkansas, (MN). Normally train ILXMN runs via the Southwestern portion of the United States, on the Sunset Route across California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and then north to Marion, Arkansas. However, for some reason the train detoured via the St. Louis, Missouri, area, and then south through Illinois and Missouri to Marion, Arkansas.
Photograph taken: June 22, 2012, at Chalfin Bridge, Illinois.

METX 199 - Metra - BNSF Chicago Subdivision - La Grange, IL

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With the high-green signal in the distance, on BNSF's Chicago Subdivision, a Metra commuter train gets ready to depart the station in La Grange, IL. The train is being pushed by METX 199, which is an EMD F40PHM-2 that was built in May of 1992. The train's final destination will be Union Station in downtown Chiacgo. The Chicago Subdivision is a triple track mainline that also serves BNSF freight trains. Metra trains use the line between Chicago and Aurora, IL. METX is the American Association of Railroads' reporting mark for Metra. About the image This image was scanned from a 35mm slide on a Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED film scanner. Post processing was done in Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop. The original image was captured with a Canon A2E camera and a 70-200 F/2.8L USM lens.
Photo taken: March 13, 2004, at La Grange, Illinois.

UP 6565 - TRRA Merchants Subdivision - 12/28/04

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Union Pacific 6565 (a General Electric AC44CW) sits on track 56 of the TRRA Merchants Subdivision. In the distance an Amtrak locomotive sits with some cars on one of the Amtrak station lead tracks. To the right of UP 6565 is the Union Pacific's 12th Street Yard, which on this day was filled. In the upper left corner are two UP trains sitting on the Union Pacific's Jefferson City Subdivision. UP 6565's train and the loaded coal train in the upper left corner were both waiting their turn to head east through Gratiot Street Interlocking. The two rows of loaded coal hoppers just to the left of UP 6565's train are actually one train that was split into two parts so the train could fit into 12th Street Yard.
Photograph taken: December 28, 2004, at St. Louis, Missouri.

Rail Cruise America - SLCC 101 (F9PHA) - STL Union Station

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Rail Cruise America's St. Louis Car Company (SLCC) 101 (an EMD F9PHA) sits in one of the rail storage tracks at St. Louis Union Station. The locomotive was part of Rail Cruise America's dinner train that operated out of Union Station for many years. The dinner train operation was shut down sometime in 2005 and later on the various locomotives and passenger rail cars were sold off to the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The locomotives, two F9PHAs and two F7Bs, were then sold to Norfolk Southern (NS) for use with NS' executive train. I believe most of the passenger cars were retained by KCS for use on its executive train.
Photo taken: December 9, 2004. St. Louis, Missouri.

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