SSW 7280 Westbound on the Union Pacific Sedalia Subdivision at St. Louis

SSW 7280 Westbound on the Union Pacific Sedalia Subdivision at St. Louis.

As I was digging through my old film archives I came across this shot from the early 1990s. Here the locomotives of two fallen flags lead a manifest freight west on the Union Pacific's Sedalia Subdivision (now named the Jefferson City Subdivision) at Knox Avenue in St. Louis, MO. On the point is St. Louis and Southwestern (Cotton Belt) 7280. I cannot make out the second unit's number, but the locomotive is a Rio Grande unit. The third unit I believe was a lease unit.

Originally, the Sedalia Subdivision ran from Gratiot Tower (now called Gratiot Interlocking) in St. Louis, MO. to Rock Creek Junction, in Kansas City, MO. At some point after 1995, the subdivision was split up, and the eastern portion of the subdivision from Jefferson City to St. Louis was renamed the Jefferson City Subdivision. I'm not sure when the name change occurred, but a Union Pacific timetable I have from 1995, still lists the portion of the subdivision from Jefferson City to St. Louis as being part of the Sedalia Subdivision.

I am not sure if this was taken in 1993 or 1994, but I know that the photograph was taken during the 1993-1994 winter. I was terrible back then at keeping any kind of decent photo logs (honestly I still am).

The photograph was captured on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Probably processed in either Kodak D-76 or HC-110 film developer. The negative was scanned on a Nikon Coolscan 9000 ED film scanner, processed in PhotoShop , and run through Niksoftware's Dfine2 to reduce the grain a bit.

Photo taken: Winter 1993-1994. St. Louis, Missouri. 
Photo © Tom Gatermann

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