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Giving Chase — BNSF 8525

My wife and I were out for a drive yesterday; and as we crested the hill leading down into Palmer Lake, we saw this empty unit coal train making its way through the Greenland Open Space. It wasted no time: by the time we got to the road, it had cleared Spruce and was heading down toward Noe Road. I decided to leap frog it to try to catch it on the north side of Larkspur.

We made it, but just. I was pulling to a stop on a small rise next to the tracks and saw it making its way around the bend. BNSF 8525, an EMD SD70ACe was coupled with an SD70MAC BNSF 8801.

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The three-DPU tail end of the train appeared. This is not a typical configuration for BNSF trains. They usually run four engines on their unit coal trains.

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BNSF 9355 and BNSF 9030, a pair of EMD SD70ACes, and BNSF 6936, a GE ES44C4 bring up the rear.

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