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Jointed Rail

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October 13, 2007. Cahokia, Illinois.

This view is looking south along a siding on the Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision. To the right are the two main tracks of the Chester Subdivision. The siding ends just past the signal bridge in the distance.

Photo © Tom Gatermann.

Hump Duty

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October 13, 2007. Alorton, Illinois.

Two UP SD40-2s sit idle on one of the two hump tracks at the Alton and Southern's Gateway Yard. You can see an auto rack car beginning to roll down the other hump track. Cars are pushed over the hump from the left and roll down the right side into what are called bowl tracks. Bowl tracks are were new trains are built and stored.

UP 9910 is fitted with remote control equipment so that the operator can be on the ground as the unit goes about its hump duties. If you look closely you can see the remote operator walking next to the two locomotives. The other SD40 is number 3120, and at the time did not appear to be fitted with remote control equipment.


Smoke Filled Sky

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Union Pacific 3985 fills the cold Kansas sky with smoke as the Super Bowl XXXVIII Special heads north toward Kansas City, Missouri. The train would stay over night in Kansas City before moving on to its next stop on the return leg of the Super Bowl XXXVIII Special tour. Eventually the locomotive would return home to Cheyenne, Wyoming where UP's heritage steam locomotives are based out of.
This image was originally captured on Kodak Ektachrome slide film, and scanned on a Nikon CoolScan 9000 ED film scanner.
Photo taken: February 8, 2004. Buffalo, Kansas.

Ferromex 4655 and the Gateway Arch

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October 7, 2007. Cahokia, Illinois.

Ferromex (FXE) 4655 is on the point of an empty BNSF ore train heading north on the Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision. The train is just south of Valley Junction in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Photo © Tom Gatermann.

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