Coal Train – BNSF 9239


BNSF 9239, an EMD SD70ACe, in tandem with BNSF 5874, a GE DASH 9, pull a load of pre-processed electricity through Colorado Springs on a rainy May weekend afternoon.

And bringing up the rear is a pair of EMD SD70ACes, BNSF 8783 and BNSF 9253.


5 thoughts on “Coal Train – BNSF 9239

  1. girlgonelondon

    Yay, more train pics! Fourth one down is my favorite, I love how you can see the cars swooping around to the right and bending. Are you interested in trains, so that in turn made you photograph them, or did you start photographing them and then got interested in their makes/models?

    1. matt Post author

      So glad you like them too!

      I have been trying to find a good vantage point to get good pics of the snaking action; but mostly I haven’t been able to yet.

      I liked trains when I was a kid… but it was when I was commuting between Lakewood (in the Denver Metro area) to Colorado Springs that my interest in trains revived. The Colorado Joint Line runs between Pueblo (south of Colorado Springs) and Denver, and the tracks run along most of the route I took to/from work. So I started looking for them… then I started photographing them… then I started leaving a little earlier in the morning to give myself time to stop and wait if I needed to do that. And to be perfectly honest, I can see a major improvement in my photography skills in just this area alone. My first train pics were pretty terrible, comparatively. Part of that may be that I actually go out and wait for trains (I have a post percolating about how it’s a little like hunting) instead of only trying to capture shots of them as I’m driving…

      I didn’t really know what was what until after I started photographing them. They’re labeled, conveniently, what the railroad calls them, which is handy when you’re trying to learn. But the EMD SD70ACe (like the lead locomotive on this train) is pretty easy to spot (the notch in the nose is a giveaway, for instance), so that was probably the first one I was able to identify. The GE models really look similar, so they’re harder to ID off the bat. I will typically do a search online to verify the model. And I also put some of the photos up on: There’s a pretty handy ID tool there too.

      1. Carol Reamy

        Your great grandpa used to be an engineer. I didn’t know that until you kids were grown because he got injured and could no longer work for the railroad whenyour grandpa was still fairly young . He remembers being held by his mom and the noise when his dad would sound the whistle.

      2. girlgonelondon

        Interesting!! I can definitely see the comparison to hunting if you’re sitting and waiting for them to come, and then you only have a brief moment to get the pictures you want. Makes it even more rewarding when you do, probably!

        It’s not very often that I spot trains in Florida, and if we do have them they are just a few cars long, so I’m enjoying your glimpse into the world of trains in Colorado. Off to check out your archive website!

        1. matt Post author

          Yes, exactly. Trying out new spots is sometimes tough when you’re not sure when the next one’s coming and whether your gear is set up properly for it. But that’s part of the fun.

          There are a lot of great photos over at the rrpicturearchives site; lots of good contributors.


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