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More Retro Power

BNSF 1791, an EMD SD 40-2, was coupled to BNSF 2685 in the Pueblo rail yard.

I’ve read SD stands for Special Duty (and I think they all have 6-wheel trucks), while the GP stands for General Purpose (and have 4-wheel trucks).


Kohelzug — BNSF 9787

Letzte Wochenende habe ich mein Rad auf die Luftwaffe-Akademie gefahren. Es gibt einen kleinen See entlang dem Wanderweg, und die Eisenbahn geht neben dem See; es gibt auch ein Bahnanschlussgleis da. Ein leeren Kohlezug war am Bahnanschlussgleis, und BNSF 9787 (EMD SD70MAC) hat mit BNSF 6313 (GE ES44AC) am Ende es gesessen.

Last weekend, I rode my bike through the Air Force academy. There is a small lake along the trail and the railroad tracks go along side the lake; there’s also a siding along there. An empty coal train was on the siding, and BNSF 9787 (EMD SD70MAC) sat with BNSF 6313 (GE ES44AC) at the end of it.

ES44C4 — BNSF 7013


Though I refuse to get involved with the whole EMD vs GE arguments, I have admitted that I like the way GE engines look better. I don’t really understand why or what it is about them; but from among the GE ES44-Family of engines, I’ve really come to like the ES44C4s.

So a recent trip to the Pueblo rail yard that included a GE ET44C4 and a Norfolk Southern visitor was even more cool with BNSF 7013, a GE ES44C4.

Outwardly similar (the C4s use different trucks than their AC siblings), the ES44C4 (and the ET44C4s as well, for that matter) have only 4 driven axles per truck. The middle axle doesn’t have a traction motor on it.

ES44DC — BNSF 7547


Sitting at either the front or the back, depending on your view, of a short consist in the Pueblo rail yard sits BNSF 7547. This engine is a GE ES44DC, similar to the ES44AC in most aspects but with DC traction motors instead of AC traction motors.

It’s hooked up to BNSF 3799, one of BNSF’s Tier IV ET44C4s. You can really see the difference in height between the last generation and the next generation engine.

ET44C4 — BNSF 3799


The Pueblo rail yard is a great place to get photos. I saw my first confirmed GE Tier IV locomotive there, BNSF 3770. And now, I can add BNSF 3799 to that list. It was sitting in a small consist.

The ET44C4 differs from the ET44AC like the ES44C4 differs from the ES44AC: the center axle on each truck is not a driven axle.

A major spotting tell of the ET44AC/ET44C4 is the huge radiators at the rear and the uniform angle and unbroken line of the grates underneath them (compare to the photos of the rear grates on BNSF 6286, an ES44AC). In fact, this uniformity was what I saw when I saw Union Pacific 2607 in Kansas that made me chase it down for pictures.