Sitting in the yard in Pueblo, KCS 4651, a leased GE ES44AC.
I have to admit, I had a hard time deciding which engine I was more excited about: the BNSF GE ET44C4 or the Norfolk Souther GE ES44AC, NS 8043.
My daughter liked this one better: it has a horse in the logo.
I certainly think the horse logo is cool, but the relative rarity of seeing Norfolk Southern engines out here in Colorado beats their logo.
There is only one mainline along the Joint Line through north Colorado Springs. There are sidings about five miles in either direction from where I usually spot trains; but through here, it’s just the one set of tracks. Which means trains rarely stop and pose for photos. So when they do…
There’s an inherit beauty in functional design. I doubt the engineers at GE Transportation set out to design a beautiful locomotive; I would think, among all the considerations that go into the design, that aesthetics are not too high on the list. Certainly not above performance considerations. And yet, the final product is beautiful anyway.
BNSF 6286 sits at the end of a stopped train, coupled to and EMD SD70ACe, BNSF 9391. Since I rarely get the opportunity to get a lot of detail shots, I decided to take advantage of this rare stopped coal train and get as many photos as I could.
I like the back end of the ES44AC. In fact, I was using one of these photos as my phone’s lock screen.
I admit I don’t know everything about locomotives and what goes into their design. Their trucks are fascinating to me. GE ES44ACs engines produce 4400 horsepower, and that horsepower is delivered to the wheels on the trucks which have a very tiny contact patch. The trucks may be one of the most interesting elements to a train locomotive.
The heat plume from the exhaust distorts Pulpit Rock:
BNSF 5925, a GE ES44AC engine, leads an empty coal train through Colorado Springs. It’s followed by sister ES44AC, BNSF 5752.
Incidentally, these hoppers will be transporting coal to an Xcel Energy power plant. This sign on the hopper caught my eye as the train passed, and I had to laugh. Health and Safety departments just don’t have enough to do, I guess:
Operating as distributed power units at the end of this train was another pair of GE ES44ACs: BNSF 5883 (I think — I didn’t get the number clear enough), and BNSF 5865.
BNSF’s Pueblo rail yard again. Citirail locomotives are a little exciting to see, though I don’t exactly know why. I think they look awesome with their gray and blue and yellow. This GE ES44AC sat alone, and posed for me. I made sure to get as many different angles as I could. This one is available on my Crated site:
There’s a bridge that goes over the rail yard, and I will often walk up there to get photos. The position gave me a slightly unique perspective on the engine and an opportunity to get shots of it I don’t often have.
Ich besuche oft das Bahnbetriebswerk in Pueblo. Es gibt einen Glasperleladen nahe es, dass meine Frau zu besuchen mag, also wann sie da geht, ich bringe meine Kamera, und ich mache Fotos von Züge. Wir beide gewinnen!
Die letzte Zeit, dass wir gegangen sind, gab es eine Single Lokomotive von Canadian Pacific Eisenbahn dort. Das GE ES44AC war allein und schmutzig, aber einer rarer Fund in Colorado (obwohl habe ich CP-Farben gesehen, wann ich begonnen haben, Zügebilder zu machen. Doch sind sie nicht häufig).
I often visit the railyard in Pueblo. There is a bead shop nearby where my wife likes to shop; so when she goes there, I bring my camera, and I take pictures of trains. We both win!
The last time we went there, there was a lone Canadian Pacific engine. The GE ES44AC was alone and dirty, but a rare find in Colorado (although I have seen CP colors before, when I first started taking pictures of trains. They’re not common, though).
A pair of GE ES44ACs, BNSF 5747 and BNSF 6267, and a third Evolution Series locomotive GE ES44C4, BNSF 5263, lead a train of covered hoppers north through Colorado Springs. The Hoppers belong to CIT Group, a leasing company. I’m sure there are some rail fans who know what might be in these, but I’m not one of them.