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Intermodal — BNSF 6517

A very short intermodal freight train heads north along the Colorado Joint Line, passing BNSF 5412 in Spruce while a few cows look on. The cows seem slightly disinterested.

BNSF 6517 and BNSF 6842 are a pair of GE ES44C4 engines.


Double Stack — BNSF 3812

Ein Paar GE ET44C4 Lokomotiven an der Front des Güterzug für den Kombinierten Verkehr hat eine großartige Sicht gemacht, als sie rüber der alte Sante-Fe Brücke Elefantenstil in Larkspur queren.

A pair of GE ET44C4 engines at the front of an intermodal train make an awesome sight as they cross over the Santa-Fe bridge elephant style in Larkspur.

Ich haße Castle Rock: es ist einfach schlechteste Ort an der tägliche Fahrt. Verkehr ist immer schlecht in, durch, und herum Castle Rock. Glücklicherweise für mich sind es Nebenfahrbahnen beide der Autobahn. Und gleise nahe sie.

Wann ich BNSF 3812 und BNSF 3975 an der Front des Zuges gesehen habe, es war ein bisschen wie Weihnachten. Zwei wunderschöne Lokomotiven, glatt und modern. Ich habe gewusst, dass ich Fotos machen musste. Es ist eine lange Kletterei zur (und durch) Larkspur. Die Kohlezüge sind sehr langsam durch hier. Doch haben wir kürzere Güterzüge für den Kombinierten Verkehr als in Kansas und andere Orte, sie immer noch langsam sind.

I hate Castle Rock: it’s easily the worst place on my daily drive. Traffic is always bad in, through, and around Castle Rock. Fortunately for me, there are frontage roads next to the freeway. And railroad tracks near them.

When I saw BNSF 3812 and BNSF 3975 at the front of the train, it was a little like Christmas. Two beautiful engines, sleek and modern. I knew I had to get some pictures. It’s a long climb to (and through) Larkspur. The coal trains are very slow through here. Though we have shorter intermodal trains than in Kansas and other places, they are still slow.

Ich habe Detailschüsse gemacht, als der Zug mich passierte. Die ET44C4 gefällt mir sehr. Ich hatte sie als Ausgeteilte-Kraft-Einheiten gesehen, aber nie als die Haupteinheiten.

I took a few detail shots as the train passed me. I really like the ET44C4. I’ve seen them as DPUs but never as the main units.

Dann in Süd Larkspur bevor der Autobahn und die gleise getrennte Wege gehen, habe ich ein Paar Bilder der Lokomotiven auf der Brücke gemacht. Die neueste Lokomotiven auf der alte Brücke… Sante Fe ist keine Eisenbahn noch länger.

Ein trauriger Tag wird die Eisenbahn diese Brücke ersetzen muss. Bis dann ist es eine Mahnung der Vergangenheit. Alt und neu zusammen.

Then in south Larkspur before the highway and the tracks part ways, I took a few photos of the engines on the bridge. The newest engines on the old bridge… Santa Fe is no longer a railroad.

One sad day the railroad will have to replace this bridge. Until then, it’s a reminder of the past: old and new together.

Intermodal Freight – Union Pacific 2607


For the July 4th holiday weekend, my family gathered in McPherson, Kansas at my brother’s house. Wendi and I sneaked off to Hutchinson, about 20 miles south of McPherson, a few times for some alone time in the guise of trips to Starbucks. We drove around Hutch a little bit one morning, and as we were headed back toward McPherson, I saw the distinctive radiator grills of a new GE Tier IV, ET45AH pulling an intermodal freight train. We gave chase.

I was not prepared for how quickly this train got up to speed, nor was I prepared for how fast he was going. At home in the mountains of Colorado, trains are heavy and slow, going around 45 or 50 mph. There are inclines and curves to deal with. Not in Kansas. Out of Hutchinson, this train shot up to around 70 mph, an it’s a relatively straight shot for most of the run. To see a train moving that fast was impressive, awe inspiring. It also threw off my timing a little bit.

I pulled off the highway at a random exit, telling Wendi it was a shot in the dark. As I was saying to her “I don’t know how long we’ll have to wait”, she said “There’s the signal”. With barely enough time to set up my shots, the train was there.

We got back on the highway, and overtook him again, this time much(!) closer to McPherson. I knew I couldn’t beat him across town, so I sort of stayed put on the side of the road and took as many photos as I could.

We don’t see a lot of intermodal traffic on the Joint Line, so this was a little bit of a treat. Bringing up the rear of this speeding mass was Union Pacific 6689, a GE AC4400CW

I don’t typically chase trains; I usually sit in one spot and wait for them to come by. Given the speed of this train, that’s the tactic we took the rest of the weekend.