MY PHOTO GALLERY OF TRAINS
RAILROADS OF THE WEST PAGE 3
Santa Fe 5866 sits at the east end of the Emporia yard on the BNSF Emporia subdivision, Spring 1997. Photos by Eric Burris
(LEFT) Chicago Northwestern (CNW) 8811 west passes Fremont Park at Emporia, Kansas in June of 1997. CNW 8811 leads a CNW Dash 8-40C and a Union Pacific engine on the westbound loaded Redrock coal train. The coal train comes from Topeka, Ks and goes to Redrock, Oklahoma. This train usally has UP power. SPs, and CNWs are owned by UP. Union Pacific bought the CNW and SP so the engines will be painted over in UP colors. The Dash 9-44CWs built by General Electric. (RIGHT) Santa Fe 133 west passes milepost 112 during a June evening in 1997. 133 is a GP60M, one of the few engines with a modern cab and four axles. SF was the only railroad withGP60Ms. They are front heavy causing a rough ride for the train crews and are well known for racin' across Kansas pulling long stack trains at 70 m.p.h. Photos by Eric Burris.
(LEFT) Amtrak 836 west train #3 pauses at the Emporia Depot to let off the passengers and pick some up before continuing to Newton, Ks. 836 is a P-40 nicknamed the "Genisis". This photo was shot in May 1997 before Amtrak deleted this stop off their computers. Now Amtrak rushes by at 40 m.p.h. making a night photo like this one is impossible now. Photo by Eric Burris.
(RIGHT) Southern Pacific 7522 (SD45) leads a westbound SP train past milepost 112 at Emporia, Ks onthe Santa Fe Emporia Subdivision in summer evening in 1996. SP ran three stack trains eachway through Emporia on trackage rights from 1995 to late 1996 early 97. After Union Pacific bought out the soon to be bankrupt SP they canceled the trackage rights and ran the trains back on the Cotton-Rock line from New Mexico to Topeka, Ks. The Cotton-Rock line was orignally owned by the Rock Island until "The Rock" went bankrupt and then the Cotton Belt bought the line. The Cotton Belt was also called St. Louis Southwestern (SSW).
BNSF 968 pulls a west bound train past the town of Matfield Green on the BNSF Emporia Sub. 986 is a Dash 9-44CW built by General Electric. This class of locos goes from 960 to 1123. The paint scheme is known as the "pumpkins" by railfans and railroaders alike, but the official name of the paint scheme is the Heritage 1 scheme. The Heritage 2 is the "warpumpkins" with a newer , but uglier version with a Santa Fe style Herald with BNSF on it. Do you think the lightning is real? Using Adobe Photoshop 4.0 at my school, before graduating EHS, I cut out the sky and added a photo of lightning as the second layer, to be the new sky. Photo by Eric Burris.
(LEFT) SF 2828 west passes Matfield Green during a minor rain / hail storm in June 1997 2828 is a GP35. The Matfield Green area is the most scenic part of the Flint Hills for taking pictures of BNSF trains in Kansas. Photo by Eric Burris
(RIGHT) UP 6831 west passes through Alta Vista, Kansas in late June 1997. UP 6831 is a Dash 9-44CW. This line is the former SP Herington Subdivision also known as the Cotton-Rock line because the Cotton Belt bought it after the Rock Island went backrupt. Photo by Eric Burris.
(LEFT) Santa Fe 927 east passes the Emporia depot in the early summer morining in June 1997. 927 is a Dash 8-40CW. The rains from a storm overnight left big puddles of water. Photo by Eric Burris.
(RIGHT) Santa Fe 900 east passes the other SF engines at the yard office after waiting for a green signal to proceed. The local 41 is on track 3 while 900 is on 2. The other engines are being used for switching in the yard. This was back when Argentine Yard at KC, Kansas was closed for rebuilding. The Emporia yard took care of some of the KC operations. This picture was taken in June 1997 by Eric Burris.
Santa Fe 6411 west, the "Local 31" approaches the Emporia sub at NR Junction at Emporia. The train is coming off the Topeka sub. The local comes from Kansas City passes through Topeka, Emporia, and reaches its destination at Newton, Kansas. It usually switches cars at Topeka, and Emporia. Its counterpart is the "Local 41" that goes eastbound from Newton. The Topeka Sub sees Amtrak's #3 and #4, the Redrock coal train, and the locals. The Redrock coal train (C-TOPRRS / C-RRSTOP) comes from Union Pacific at Topeka and goes to Redrock, Oklahoma to the OG&E power plant. This train usaully has UP power on it with Santa Fe / BNSF pushers (locomotives on the back on the train to help it on the hills) on the rear. Photo by Eric Burris.
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