Ferromex (FXE) 4655 - UP Chester Subdivision - Gateway Arch

Ferromex (FXE) 4655  - UP Chester Subdivision - Gateway Arch
FXE 4655 - Cahokia, IL

With the Gateway Arch in the background, Ferromex (FXE) 4655 leads BNSF Railway train UBIRSEM north on Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision. The train is an empty taconite (iron ore) train heading back to Steelton, Minnesota (SEM), from Birmingham, Alabama (BIR). The "U" in the trains identification means unit train.

The train is just south of Valley Junction, in East St. Louis, Illinois. I'm unsure of the train's routing, but the train probably utilized the TRRA's Illinois Transfer Subdivision at Valley Junction to head north to Madison Yard. I would usually see UBIRSEM's counterpart train, USEMBIR, heading south out of St. Louis via the BNSF River Subdivision. I believe that the River Subdivision was also UBIRSEM's normal northward routing to St. Louis.

Photo taken: October 7, 2007. Cahokia, Illinois.


  1. Thanks Hayley Enoch. Back in 2007 Ferromex locos seemed to show up on these BNSF ore trains some what regularly. Unfortunately, I haven't seen one around here in a long time.

  2. They show up on my tracks fairly regularly. Maybe once a week or so.

  3. They definitely add some eye-popping color to the rail scene.

  4. Tom Gatermann Yah,  one of the best Class 1 schemes out there right now if you ask me.


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