BNSF trains on the Hannibal Subdivision at Elsberry, MO.

BNSF 9643, still in BN's Executive paint scheme, leads a coal train south at Elsberry, MO
BNSF 9643, in BN's Executive paint scheme, leads a coal train south on the main track near MP 69 at Elsberry, MO.

In July 2006, I drove along BNSF's Hannibal Subdivision from St. Louis, Missouri, to Hannibal, Missouri. In a span of thirty minutes, I photographed three trains at Elsberry, Missouri. After the feast of southbound trains, I wouldn't see another train until I got to Hannibal, Missouri.

BNSF 9393 (SD70ACe) is the DP unit on BNSF 9643's train at Elsberry, MO
BNSF 9393 (SD70ACe) is the DP unit on BNSF 9643's train at Elsberry, MO.

The Hannibal Subdivision is a signal-track rail line between St. Louis, Missouri, and Burlington, Iowa. Elsberry, Missouri, is about sixty miles north of St. Louis. The town is at milepost (MP) 68.2 of the Hannibal Subdivision, and the mileposts count up from St. Louis to Burlington.  Between St. Louis and Hannibal, the rail line closely follows Missouri Highway 79. Most of the Hannibal Subdivision north of St. Louis runs across the flat farmland that borders the western side of the Mississippi River.

BNSF 7759 and a NS locomotive lead an iron ore train south between Elsberry, MO., and Annada, MO
BNSF 7759 and a NS locomotive lead iron ore train USEMBIR south at MP 71, between Elsberry, MO., and Annada, MO. This curve is just north of the MO-79 and Route CC junction.

BNSF 5780 and BNSF 8988 are southbound at Clarksville, MO
A southbound train, led by BNSF 5780 and BNSF 8988, crosses Guinns Creek, south of MP 75.

Photographs taken on July 9, 2006, at Elsberry, Missouri.

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  1. Great shots of my favorite railroad. I have always liked those Executive colors.

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    1. Thanks, Shelly. I am a fan of BN's Executive scheme too.

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