BNSF 4129 at Branch Street on the Hannibal Subdivision

BNSF 4129 is the distributed power unit (DPU) on this empty hopper car train that is heading north on the BNSF's Hannibal Subdivision. The train has just crossed Branch Street in St. Louis, Missouri, and is passing alongside the old Illinois Traction System (ITS)/Illinois Terminal Railroad (ITC) approach to the McKinley Bridge.

The McKinley Bridge crosses the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and Venice, Illinois. Seen in the photo on the bridge's approach are the old catenary suspension supports for the ITS/ITC trains, which were originally electrically powered. In the past the McKinley Bridge carried both trains and automobiles over the river. These days, the bridge serves automobiles, pedestrians, and bikes. The approach allows biking and pedestrian traffic to access the McKinley Bridge. If you follow this link, you can see another view of the approach while it was being converted into the pedestrian and biking pathway.

Photo taken: October 17, 2005. 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri.


  1. Nice BNSF shot. Would love to shoot in the St Louis area. Unfortunately I will be going through there in the dark.

    1. Thanks, Shelly. I have always liked this location. It's right along the river and in an industrial area. It's not a spot, in my opinion, that many people go to to photograph trains.

      St. Louis has a lot of trains to offer if you ever get the chance to stop for a bit and taken some photographs.


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