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Missouri and Northern Arkansas 4080 - KC Metro Subdivision

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Missouri and Northern Arkansas 4080 (an EMD SD40-2) is rolling west on Union Pacific's KC Metro Subdivision, north of the River Market area. The bridge nearest to the locomotive in the background is the Berkley Parkway bridge. The bridge behind it is the Heart of America Bridge, which carries Route 9 over the Missouri River. From here, the train was most likely heading toward Union Pacific's yards in Kansas City, Kansas. Either, Armourdale Yard or 18th Street Yard.
Photo taken: September 26, 2005. Kansas City, Missouri.

NS 9865 - Between the cross bucks at Birmingham Junction

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Norfolk Southern 9865 leads an east bound train through a grade crossing at Birmingham Junction. The train was heading to Norfolk Southern's Avondale Yard in North Kansas City, Missouri, which is about eight miles from this location.
Birmingham Junction Birmingham Junction is at Birmingham, Missouri, and it features two double-track main lines, shared by four railroads, crossing each other at a diamond crossing, plus two industrial leads. The rail line that NS 9865 is on is shared by both the Norfolk Southern Kansas City District and the BNSF Brookfield Subdivision. The other main line is a joint line shared by the Canadian Pacific Kansas City Subdivision and Union Pacific's Trenton Subdivision. At the time this photograph was taken the CP-UP line was jointly operated by the Illinois, Chicago, & Eastern (ICE) and Union Pacific.

The industrial leads diverge from the joint BNSF-NS line on a single track and then split a little north of the main lines. One industrial lead is…

UP 5087 - Splitting The Block Signals - Birmingham Junction

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Early on a rainy morning, Union Pacific 5087 and a Norfolk Southern locomotive lead a covered hopper train north past the block signals on the joint Union Pacific-Illinois, Chicago, & Eastern (formerly I&M Rail Link) mainline at Birmingham Junction. The train had crossed over the Missouri River on the Trueman Lift Bridge shortly before this photograph was taken. The top of the bridge can be seen far back in the distance. The train is nearing the diamond crossings with the joint BNSF-Norfolk Southern main line.
The Joint Line Today, this line is jointly operated by Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific. Canadian Pacific took over the Illinois, Chicago, and Eastern (IC&E) Railroad in 2008. The IC&E Railroad purchased the I&M Rail Link in 2002, and the I&M Rail Link had purchased it from the Canadian Pacific in 1997. Therefore, Canadian Pacific's ownership of this line has come full circle.
Photo taken: Birmingham, Missouri. September 26, 2005.

UP 5662 & UP 6674 - KCT Highline Bridge - Santa Fe Junction

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Union Pacific 5662 and Union Pacific 6674 lead an empty coal train west across the eastern approach of the Kansas City Terminal's (KCT) Highline Bridge, above BN Crossing at Santa Fe Junction. Above the two Union Pacific locomotives is an east bound BNSF Z train that was made up almost entirely of UPS trailers on flat cars (TOFC).

Below the two bridges is BN Crossing (labeled as BN XING Interlocking on the control box in the photograph), where the two north-south tracks of the BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision crosses the two east-west main tracks of the KCT. The two tracks curving off to the left of the photograph connect the Fort Scott Subdivision with the KCT tracks.
Photo taken: Kansas City, Missouri. August 28, 2005.

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