BNSF 662 (Warbonnet) - Fort Scott Subdivision - April 2010

BNSF 662, BNSF 4954, and BNSF 5442 - Fort Scott Sub.

BNSF 662, BNSF 4954, and BNSF 5442 lead a train north on the Fort Scott Subdivision in the Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. This photograph was taken along Stillwell Road, about halfway between Lacygne, Kansas, and Pleasanton, Kansas, and just to the west of Trading Post, Kansas. Lacygne is milepost 62.5 and Pleasanton is milepost 74.0 on the BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision

BNSF 662, BNSF 4954, and BNSF 5442

All three of the locomotives on this train were built by General Electric and are the same model/type, C44-9W.  BNSF 662 is a former Santa Fe Railway locomotive that at the time of the photograph was still painted in the Warbonnet paint scheme. BNSF 662 was built in September, 1994; BNSF 4954 was built in December, 1998; and BNSF 5442 was built in July, 2000. BNSF 4954 and 5442 are painted in BNSF's Heritage II paint scheme.

BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision

The BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision runs between Kansas City, Missouri, and Springfield, Missouri. The subdivision is part of BNSF's Springfield Division, except for the northern most 16 miles of the line that are part of BNSF's Nebraska Division. The Fort Scott subdivision starts at milepost 0.0 at BNSF's 19th Street Yard, just north of BN Crossing at Santa Fe Junction in Kansas City's West Bottoms area. It ends in Springfield at milepost 198.3, where the tracks join BNSF's Cherokee Subdivision.

Between Kansas City and Fort Scott, Kansas, the line runs on a north-south alignment. Between Fort Scott and Springfield the lines runs on a northwest-southeast alignment. Just south of Arcadia, Kansas, the line crosses from Kansas into Missouri. Just under two miles southeast from the state-border crossing the Fort Scott Subdivision crosses the Kansas City Southern's Pittsburg Subdivision (named after Pittsburg, Kansas). On the map below, the green line shows the route of the Fort Scott Subdivision between Kansas City and Springfield.

BNSF Fort Scott Subdivision - map © OpenStreetMap contributors
BNSF Fort Scott Sub. -  Map © OpenStreetMap Contributors

Photograph taken: April 3, 2010, north of Pleasanton, Kansas.


  1. Very nice image with the old warbonnet locomotive. I live in Kansas and had never heard of any of those towns. I googled one of them before I scrolled down and saw your map. :-) Figured they must have been east, need to get out more in that part of the state.

    1. Thanks a lot, Shelly. I was digging through my images and came across this photograph. I had forgotten about it.

      The Fort Scott Sub. is a nice line to follow and photograph. It's well used by BNSF, especially north of Fort Scott.


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