MY PHOTO GALLERY OF TRAINS
RAILROADS OF THE WEST PAGE 9
(left) BNSF 740 (9-44CW) pulls an eastbound train past milepost 112 at Emporia, Ks. The second unit is a BN 7500 SD40-2B, there only three different ones and were rebuilt cabless because they were involved in wrecks. BNSF 739,740, and 745 was the first locomotives to be painted in the new "Heritage 2" scheme. June 1998 (middle) A new BNSF grain train runs through Emporia once in a while such as this one out east of Emporia. The grain cars are brand new. June 1998 (right) Santa Fe locomotive 2940 rests next to the yard office at Emporia with the depot as its backdrop. The depot was once a main attraction at Emporia, with passengers getting on and off the passenger trains such as the "Super Chief". Amtrak's Southwest Chief doesn't even stop here at all anymore. The depot also played a role for employees doing crew changes on through freight trains, but that was halted in the late 1980s when the terminal was removed and train crews went straight from KC to Wellington, Arkansas City, or Newton or same for crews going the other way. The Railway Express Agency or REA had the little building to the west side of the depot. The railroad uses that building for work trucks and there's an office in there for a head signal maintainer. June 1998 Photos by Eric Burris.
Two miles east of Emporia a set of crossing gates play a role in nighttime train photography. Using a 100 speed print film and about 30 second long exposures with a flash, I was able to get some interesting effects. June 1998 Photos by Eric Burris.
At milepost 142 or so just (direction) north of the Matfield Green siding BNSF 123 comes around the S curve at Pioneer Bluff and the rear of the train has something in store for the railfan and camera. Two BN passenger cars tag along for the ride, probably with company officials checking out their railway. Santa Fe 117 west leads a stack train around the sweeping curve at milepost 147.4 on the Emporia Subdivision. June 1998 Photos by Eric Burris
BNSF 3185 west accellerates up to speed as it passes the Emporia depot pulling a string of Roadrailers that is Texasbound. 3185 is a GP50. A storm that passed by leaves a dark sky for a backdrop after the sun comes out just in time for the train. Santa Fe 5207 west thunders past milepost 147.4 a few miles west of the town of Matfield Green. Three SD40-2s and a GP60M lead this stack train westbound. This location is great for westbounds in the afternoon. The big hill makes radio transmission easy to pick up and the visibility is superb. June 1998 Photos by Eric Burris
BNSF 1085 west passes through the Kansas Flinthills at milepost 147 on the BNSF Emporia Subdivision in June 1998. This is a wonderful spot to photograph trains in the late evening. The "S curve" requires late summer evenings for the best lighting. Photos by Eric Burris
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