It was a bitterly cold morning. I was headed to Denver and saw this train going south, headed toward Larkspur. BNSF 6236 and BNSF 5868, a pair of GE ES44AC, lead a long load of coal toward the Tomah Road exit on I-25. It was clear to the north…
.. but toward the south, it was cloudy and the sun was fighting to penetrate the overcast. The train is pulling up a long steep climb toward Palmer Lake, about 10-15 miles south. The filtered sunlight gives the south-facing photos an interesting atmosphere:
Then the DPUs made it around the bend and the whole train was relatively straight for a bit. These unit coal trains often are longer than a mile long.
The DPUs are two different models from the EMD SD70 family. The first, BNSF 9843, is a MAC.
And BNSF 8494 is an ACe
I thought this image looked really good in black and white, too. Wendi said it made it look like it conveys the cold a lot more than the color photo does: