Empty Coal Train — BNSF 8537


It was a disappointing day, in a railfan sense: no trains for an hour or more. I did get to spend some time with the kiddo, so it wasn’t a complete waste of course. She’s digging a tunnel near my usual hangout, and it’s fun to watch her solve engineering issues that come up. But after a while, I called it quits and we were headed back home.

But the light came on, and we were able to watch this northbound empty, led by BNSF 8537, an EMD SD70ACe and BNSF 6358, a GE ES44AC. The location is a little close for my go-to 300mm lens, but I got a few pictures:

We saw some idiots walking on the tracks before the train arrived. Of course, the engineer blew the horn and they scattered; but it’s just stupid. Whenever I have to cross the tracks, I get off them as soon as I can. Anyway, no one was hurt…

The coal was destined for the Fayette Power Project:

Bringing up the rear was another EMD SD70ACe/GE ES44AC combo: BNSF 9344 and BNSF 6302:


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