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The Incredible American Stack and trailer Train... 

A BNSF C44-9W is leading a combined stack and trailer train on the east side of the California Valley in the summer of 2008. See all 37 pictures of the train...   
Picture by John McKey 2008. 


 BNSF Roster Page 

A BNSF Roster Page has been opened. With a number of C449W's there are also a few of other locomotive types. More will be added regularly.  Picture by John McKey 2008.  

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 Amtrak Roster Page 

An Amtrak Roster Page has also been opened. Follow us to Washington and California! Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.

 Sound Transit Picture Page 

Sound Transit Picture Page has also been opened. Is it always raining in Seattle?  Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007. 

 Freight Cars Picture Page 

Freight Cars Picture Page displays some of the most common freight car types of North America.  Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.


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 BNSF in Seattle

A BNSF ES44DC latest build freight locomotive number 7530 in the reclections of sun from the nearby buildings on the Seattle seaside. Notice the huge radiator module on the long hood. This is the main spotting feature for ES44DC/AC's compared to the earlier AC4400/Dash9-44CW models. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007. 


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 The Tehachapi Loop

The famous Tehachapi Loop area is pictures in the Picture of the Month section! In Tehachapi loop the trains often cross themselves! You will find dozens of other interesting pictures there as well.   Picture by John McKey 2008. 
   
   
 Union Pacific Roster Page

Union pacific is the other of the 2 huge railroad companies in the western USA. See UP locomotive rosters!   Picture by Left Coast Rail Videos 2008. 
   
   
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While watching trains in California in the summer, there was a rare chance to spot both numerous locomotives of the BNSF's most common type C44-9W and rare types like GP20, GP35 and even the new gensets. We recently added some of the earlier pictures of the people we know to make the collection larger.       
   
Given some time you will find a collection of these plus some pictures and videos from other railfans on this page.  Click any of the pictures / videos to see the units in full detail!    

  Most usual types: C44-9W and ES44's... 
  Other types: SD40-2, GP35u, GP39m, GP40m, GP50u, SW1500, ... 

 C44-9W * ES44C4 *
   
 BNSF - The Most Usual Power Units 

C44-9W's (Dash 9 - 44W's)


 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 737 


A well preserved Warbonnet painted C44-9W number 737 is trailing an empty west bound stack train just east of Barstow. The serial number for the unit is 50020. Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 769 

Another well preserved Warbonnet painted C44-9W number 769 leading the stack train somewhere in the east side of the California Valley. Serial Number 50002. Picture by John McKey 2008.   

   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4081 

A Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4081 offering extra horse power for the hopper train over Tehachapi to Barstow. Here seen in Bakersfield. Serial Number is 54265.  Picture by John McKey 2008.   
    
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4126  

A Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4126 leads the empty train of well cars to Barstow with a warbonnet sister 737 trailing. There is a Mac Donalds with converted old railroad cars at this place and it seems like the stack trains both ways are frequent. A perfect spot for a railfan to fill the stomack!   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
    
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4359  

A view to the nose of the Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4359 in Seattle Washington.  Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.   
 
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 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4411  

A Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4411 leads the C44-9W 4007 and the miles long stack train into Barstow.   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
    
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4426  

A Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4426 helps in the middle of the stack train consist at the California Central Valley.   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
    
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4875  

With her sisters BNSF 769, 4426 and 5342 the Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4875 provides additional horse power to the stack and trailer train in the  California Central Valley.   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 4997 

A Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 4997 idling on the point of the hopper train from Bakerfield to Barstow. Serial Number 51632.  Pictures by John McKey 2008.   
 

 
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 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 5113 

Another Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 5113 adding power to the hopper train from Bakerfield over the mountains to Barstow. Serial Number 54826.  Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 5121  

Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 5121 switching the hopper train near the ocean in Seattle. Serial Number for this unit is 54818.  Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.   
   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 5342  

With her sisters BNSF 769, 4426 and 4875 the Heritage 2 painted BNSF C44-9W number 5342 provides additional horse power to the stack and trailer train in the  California Central Valley.   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
 BNSF C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW) 5371  

One of the numerous Heritage 2 painted C44-9W\s for BNSF number 5371 is coupled second to the hopper train from Bakerfield over the mountains to Barstow. Serial Number 52701.  Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
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 BNSF ES44C4 6619    
BNSF stack train lead by a ES44C4 number 6619 C44-9W number 5141 and BNSF ES44 number 7813 climbing a slope uphill, Southwest U.S.A.
A relatively new unit from the GE's trial batch of 4 powered axled AC units for the BNSF Railway seen here at the tip of the hot shot stack train. The C4 units have the outermost wheels of each bogie powered and the middle wheels can be raised when necessary. Railroading as a serious business is always looking for new ways to reduce operating costs and saving the maintenance of middle axles track motor without sacrificing the power generated by the GE 4400 Hp engine is one of the recent developments. The units have so far been in traffic for over a year and the results look mostly promising. This development might be the next evolution step of the North American locomotive: welcome back new 4 axled locomotives, if only part time!
   
Below you can see the details of the bogie, notivce the device to raise the middle axle, when it's not needed. All pictures by Gerry Putz.
BNSF ES44C4 number 6619 bogie details, U.S.A.

BNSF stack train lead by a ES44C4 number 6619 C44-9W number 5141 and BNSF ES44 number 7813 climbing a slope uphill, Southwest U.S.A.
   
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ES44DC's and ES44AC's

 BNSF ES44DC 7530  

A Heritage 3 / "swoosh" sceme painted BNSF ES44DC number 7530 reflecting the sun from the nearby office building. 7530 is switching the unti trains on the BNSF seaside yard in Seattle. Unit has a serial number 57921.  Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.   
 

   

 BNSF ES44DC 7550    

A Heritage 3 painted BNSF GE built ES44DC number 7550 is the lead unit of the manifest over Tehachapi pass. Here the unit is seen vaiting for it's turn in Bakerfield yard. Unit's serial number is unknown at this point.  Picture by John McKey 2008.   



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 BNSF, other units  
 BNSF GP35u 2645 

Still in an attractive Santa fe freight delivery a BNSF GP35u number 2645 provides additional power to the train manifest to Bakerfield. The Unit was originally built for Santa Fe (ATSF) in October 1965 and has a serial number 30590. In GP35u U stands for remanufacturing (usually engine and electrics change) at some point of the units life. This unit was unfortunately covered with graffiti on the other side so we won't publish pictures from that side.   Picture by John McKey 2008.   
   
 BNSF GP39e 3025   

Originally one of the design GP30's for Chicago and Eastern Illinois (number 239), this BNSF GP39m number 2810 was built in June 1963 and has a serial number 28345 / Frame 7658-1. Here the unit is idling in the Bakerfield yard awaiting for the climb over the mountains.   Pictures by John McKey 2008.   
   

     
   
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 BNSF GP40m 3025   

Another rebuilt unit of the BNSF Railway the GP40m number 3025 is seen here behind a sister Geep in San Diego Harbor. 3025 was originally built for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, the predecessor of the Burlington Northern. For CB&Q the road number for the GP40 was 172. Serial number is 32568, frame 7940-3, probably meaning that the frame was recycled from some earlier EMD built F or GP unit?   Picture by Left Coast Rail Videos / George Cataulin 2008.
       
 BNSF GP50u 3114   

A remote controlled BNSF Railway GP50u number 3114 is still seen in the Burlington Northern green, black and white color sheme. The original scheme for the unit was similar, but the front was striped with orange and black, probably to improve visibility. EMD serial & frame number 847065-5.  Picture by Left Coast Rail Videos / George Cataulin 2008.    
   
   
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 SW1500 3422  

An ex BN flag unit the BNSF 3422 is switching here in the Seattle harbor area. EMD serial & frame number to be added.  Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.    

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 BNSF SD40-2 6832 

A Heritage 1 painted BNSF SD40-2 switching the yard of Bakersfield. The Unit was built for Burlington Northern Railway in 1973 and has a serial number 73601-9. The Heritage 1 BNSF paint sceme seems to date back to the beginning of 2000's. Before that the unit was painted typical green and black of the BN. Picture by John McKey 2008.   

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 BNSF Ford 250 14139   

Another BNSF road+rail truck, the BNSF (ex. BN) Ford 250 number 14139 is sitting here outside the BNSF North Portal Office building in Seattle. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo 2007.   
 
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Dozens of more pictures to be added later!  
 

 

  
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