Empty Coal Train — BNSF 6161


I was checking out a new spot for taking photos of trains as they pass by. Since it was morning, I decided to stay on the east side of the tracks. Here, the elevation of the rails is about 15 feet or so higher than the elevation of the road as they’re cut into the hillside. I thought the perspective looking up at the train as it passed might be fun to try.

BNSF 6161, a GE ES44AC, pulls an empty coal train north through Colorado Springs. It’s paired with BNSF 9739, an EMD SD70MAC in the Executive livery.

Working DPU duty at the rear of the train was another GE/EMD combination, linked nose to nose: BNSF 6288 (ES44AC) and BNSF 9166 (SD70ACe):

BNSF 9166 was featured here before, but in much different weather conditions!


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