Elgin, Joliet & Eastern caboose.
Elgin, Joliet & Eastern caboose.
Baltimore & Ohio freight train at Blue Island, Illinois.
Photo by Kim Piersol
Nearing the top of the mountain, but there’s still a hard climb ahead.
Typical freight locomotive of the Central Pacific Railroad. It had six drive wheels and could haul eighteen light freight cars. This is a short time after CP stopped naming its locomotives.
Preserve Burlington Northern EMD F45 Locomotive
Save a BN F45 locomotive from scrap, and preserve on display for future generations.
Summary of BN F45 #6644
Many steam locomotives were placed in museums and parks, yet people scratched their heads wondering why no one saved a streamlined NYC Hudson. Quite a few E and F diesel units have been saved, and due to the actions of those who spared them from the scrapper’s torch, folks are able to appreciate them at the upcoming epic Streamliners gathering at the NC Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC.
What about the next generation of locomotives following the F-unit era? There are plenty of SD40-2s around; in fact, one recently became part of the collection in Pomona in place of the Big Boy locomotive that moved to Cheyenne, WY. Meanwhile, there is one locomotive worthy of your attention: a Burlington Northern F45 diesel locomotive, the second-to-last F45 ever built, and time is critical.
BN F45 #6644 was built in April, 1971. Initially ordered for the Great Northern Railroad, it was delivered in Burlington Northern green paint with white stripes. Primarily used for freight service, BN F45s occasionally pulled Amtrak North Coast Hiawatha trains across Montana, Idaho and Washington. Montana Rail Link, a regional railroad, acquired this unit and renumbered it MRL 390 for use in freight service on their lines. MRL 390 made its last hurrah on a trip to Southern California in 2006, traversing Tehachapi Loop and the Columbia River Gorge.
There are three BN F45 locomotives remaining; two in Livingston, Montana, and one on the NYSW in New York. There are no known plans to preserve any of them, yet folks on rail forums have expressed interest that at least one should be saved. Scrap has been the talk for the one in NY; scrap is the fate of the two in Montana, unless we as the railfan community step in to make a difference.
A group of people came together to acquire a former ATSF F45 for display in Great Northern colors in Essex, MT. Had a GN F45 been saved, they would have been able to display an authentic GN unit on GN territory. The same thing may happen to future BN enthusiasts in 20 years, hoping to present BN heritage in the form of black and green paint with white stripes, but without an authentic BN unit to use.
Work in progress shot spliced with the sketch. It’s far from finished, but I wonder- would it be an idea to do train doodles like this for custom T shirts? S:
Berlin Hauptbahnhof on Flickr.
109-3, an electric locomotive, stands at Berlin Hauptbahnhof station, after pulling the Malmö - Berlin night train from the port of Sassnitz, down to Berlin, on the morning of 29th July 2014.
Veni ut veharis hamaxosticho parvo
Evolvente se in orbitis ferriviariis
Come ride the little train
That is rolling down the tracks
This has nothing to do with Amtrak, but I personally think this is one of the saddest pictures of a train I have ever seen.
After the Canadian Oil Train derailment in La Megantic, Canada, last year on the MM&A railroad, the railroad that ran those trains (and the one pictured above) started to suffer heavy financial losses due to all the people who’s lives were lost (47 people killed), as well as court proceedings, lawyers, cleanup costs, etc.
But they told their crews to tie down their trains where ever they were……
…..and just leave them there. They had no more money for operations. No nothing. They simply couldn’t keep trains running anymore.
So this train has been sitting here for a YEAR now, and if you look for it, you will find it still sitting there, right at this railroad crossing.
The Dash-8 locomotive #8583 is waiting. Waiting patiently for a new crew that might never come back. At least, not under the MM&A railroad….. -Mike
sir handel is bullied by a bunch of small children and goes into hiding for 11 years