Unit Coal Train — BNSF 9093

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Sometimes I spend a couple of hours out near the railroad tracks, waiting for something to pass by. It’s always a gamble on when to leave, to chalk up the experience as the luck of the draw and cut my losses and realize there’s just not going to be the opportunity to get anything that day. Often, the fading evening light drives me home before I’m really ready to leave. But this particular evening, I was lucky. Not long after BNSF 8426 passed by the signal lit green (meaning another southbound train), and I got another one.

BNSF 9093 and BNSF 9033, an pair of EMD SD70ACes, pulled a load of coal for NRG (an Xcel Energy company).

The dynamic nature of Colorado skies meant that some of the sky in these photos were going to be blown out if I wanted anything to work with the dark and moody clouds. As far as problems go, it’s something I still haven’t entirely sorted out.

A pair of GEVOs (GE Evolution Series, ES44ACs) bring up the rear. BNSF 6253 and BNSF 5911.

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