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BNSF 4926 at Grand Avenue
BNSF 4926 leads a train east past the Grand Avenue Metrolink station. The train is passing through Grand Interlocking, and is coming from the BNSF's Hannibal Subdivision and onto the TRRA's Merchants Subdivision. BNSF uses the Merchants Subdivision between Grand Interlocking (just west of downtown St. Louis) and North Market Interlocking (in North St. Louis). At North Market Interlocking BNSF's trains can get back onto the Hannibal Subdivision. The two tracks to the left of the BNSF train are Union Pacific's Jefferson City Subdivision.
Union Pacific 6356 (SD60M) sits in a siding along Union Pacific's Jefferson City Subdivision, near Central Industrial Avenue and Chouteau Avenue.
The bridge in the background was the old Chouteau Avenue overpass. The buildings in the background are part of Midtown St. Louis. The taller building on the right is one of St. Louis University's dorm buildings, while the building on the left is the Continental Life Building. The Continental Life Building was built in the Art Deco style during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The building has been converted into apartments and retail spaces. Photo taken: December 9, 2004. St. Louis, MO.
In the spring of 2004, I came across Railroad Switching Services of Missouri's (RSM) newsprint train, which delivered boxcars of newsprint to the St. Louis Post Dispatch in downtown St. Louis. This switching operation utilized the Illinois Traction System's (ITS) former high-line bridge in North St. Louis, as well as the ITS' old subway tunnel under the northern edge of downtown. I was lucky to come across this operation and capture the few images that I did because a few months after I took these images, the delivery of newsprint to the Post Dispatch ended in June 2004. I was able to photograph the RSSM's newsprint delivery operation on a couple of different days, but the below photographs are from only one of those days.
In the first image, above, RSM 2020 shoves a pair of empty boxcars south from Branch Street. The crew would set out the empty boxcars at the southern end of this small rail yard, and then pickup two loaded boxcars of newsprint, one of which can be …
This BNSF stack train was heading west over the flyover at Santa Fe Junction back in September 2005. I took this photo from the observation deck of the Liberty Memorial.
The Santa Fe Junction area has three distinct levels of railroad tracks. The highest level is the flyover, which now serves as the primary way that BNSF trains get from near Kansas City Union Station (outside of the photograph on the right) to Argentine Yard. The middle level, is the bridge that passes under the flyover, which is the western approach to the Kaw River Bridge. Once this bridge gets to the Kansas River, it becomes a double-deck bridge. You can see the Kaw River Bride in the upper right corner. A pair of tracks on the ground cross over the Kansas River on the lower deck of the bridge. The lowest level is the ground level tracks. Also, on the ground level is BN Crossing, where the BNSF's Fort Scott Subdivision cross the KCT tracks. Much of the trackage at Santa Fe Junction and around it, including the …
CSX 4022 leads a train south through Nashville National Cemetery, on CSX's Nashville Terminal Subdivision. The rail line splits the cemetery evenly, on a slightly angled north-south axis. Photo taken: January 28, 2016. Madison, Tennessee.