Crowded at Birmingham Junction

BNSF 9833 works as a DPU on an east bound coal train, while a Norfolk Southern train and another BNSF train wait their turn to roll through Birmingham Junction.  The BNSF's Brookfield Subdivision and the Norfolk Southern's Kansas City District share tracks between North Kansas City, Missouri and Birmingham, Missouri.

Way back when I took this image, Birmingham Junction was easily accessible. The last time I was there around 2013 or 2014, the access road, from which I took this image, was closed off and no trespassing signs were posted.

This image was captured on Kodak 400 Royal Gold film and scanned on a Nikon Coolscan film scanner. The resulting scan was saved as a Nikon NEF RAW file, which was then post processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop.

Photo taken: Spring 2001. Birmingham, Missouri.


  1. Cool image with all 3 of them. That's too bad that it is so inaccessible now. Guess cause it's busy for safety. Good you got the shot when you did.

    1. Yeah, I'm glad I got the few shots I did at this location. I'm sure that safety was a factor in closing the road off. The road itself went across the tracks in this shot, and into an empty field between this rail line and another rail line. The other rail line not seen here crosses the rail line seen in this shot a little bit behind my camera position.


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