NS 9865 - Between the cross bucks at Birmingham Junction

NS 9865 - Between the cross bucks at Birmingham Junction
NS 9865 - Birmingham, MO

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 owned by Norfolk Southern and runs up to Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant that is northwest of Birmingham. The other industrial lead is a BNSF spur that runs between Birmingham and Kearney, Missouri. The BNSF Kearney Spur runs for about sixteen miles between Front Street, in Birmingham, to West major Street, in Kearney.

Photographs taken: September 26, 2005, at Birmingham, Missouri.


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