Burlington Northern On Crawford Hill, Nebraska - March, 1994
BN on Crawford Hill, March of 1994. The SD70MACs are arriving in numbers
and will eventually spell the end of the SD40-2's and C30-7's as head end
coal train power.
Videos are shot starting at Bellmont, summit of the hill, in and around the
big cut that replaced the tunnel, and about 2 miles down the tracks to a
favorite area of S-curves.
Originally shot on 8mm tape with a Sony camcorder.
BN #5383 Cab Ride Illinois Railway Museum 9/29/12
On September 29 2012, it was the last day that the Illinois Railway Museum
ran diesels for the season. Burlington Northern U30-c #5383 was selected
for the event with 3 coaches for the day.
From November 1966 -- October 1976, General Electric had built 600 U30-c's
and the BN bought 180 U30-c's. The prime mover was a GE FDL-16 engine and
can produce 3000 Horse Power and weighed 420/420.
Illinois Railway Museum 60th Anniversary
This was the 60th anniversary event at IRM, in which they brought in Lehigh
Valley Coal Company 126, Central Pacific Railroad 63 (The Leviathan), and
UP 6936 (DD40AX). All the running locomoitves include the Leviathan, LV
126, The Nebraska Zephyr, BN 3, CSS&SB 803 (Little Joe), and several other
trains. The DD40AX and the UP Gas Turbine were also on display, but 6936
ran during the night shoot. Here's a photo I took of the DD40AX and the
BN 5383 Cab ride at IRM Union, IL
A cab ride in BN 5383 a GE U30-C loco built in 1974 down the IRM mainline
to 4 mile siding. Part 2 is the train pulling into depot track 2 at the
Illinois Railway Museum at Union, IL. Recorded on 8/7/2011
Ted's Santa Fe El Capitan Warbonnet EMD FP45's
www.neflamodelrr.org Northeast Florida Model Railroaders 1/87 HO scale
modular model railroad presents Ted's Athearn Santa Fe FP45's and the
beautiful El Capitan. Take a ride inside another locomotive as we cruise
beside the mighty El Capitan and exquisite passenger cars. Listen to the
mighty FP45's as they roar along the mainline of the Northeast Florida
Model Railroaders mighty layout on its way to Los Angeles California.
Behold the breathtaking scenery and the detailed sounds generated by the
twin FP45's and the astonishing Warbonnet theme.
Union Pacific Heritage + Union Pacific Family Days IRM
This video contains the two Union Pacific Heritage Units - Missouri Pacific
1982 and Chicago and Northwestern 1995.
On the first day Friday June 7th 2013, I spent most of the day in Mount
Prospect to watch Metra commuter trains, and watched the Union Pacific
excursion train led by 2 X Southern Pacific GP40's. There was also plenty
of action with Metra trains and even a UP highrailer.
Next day on Saturday June 8th 2013, the Illinois Railway Museum had the
Union Pacific Family Days to celebrate 150 years of the Union Pacific.
There were a lot of trains operating at the museum. Like Missouri Pacific
#1982 Heritage Unit and Chicago & Northwestern #1995 Heritage units that
pulled the excursion train and the engineer was non other than Dave Hawley
who was operating the train the whole day. Chicago & Northwestern SD40-2
#6847 with a mail pickup demonstration, CTA subway cars, Chicago Aurora and
Elgin interurban train, even a Chicago & Northwester railroad crane was in
operation, and more. Even there were games, music, a dunk tank (well the UP
employees took turns), and lots of tasty food. I even got to eat lunch with
the Union Pacific employees. I even ate lunch with my friend Dave Hawley.
CB&Q 9911A Nebraska Zephyr ON BOARD (The round trip) Please Read Description!!
In September 2012 the Illinois Railway Museum's Burlington Route E5, the
only one left in existence, piloted the "Nebraska Zephyr," on a
scheduled-passenger excursion on its original tracks for the first time
since its 1968 retirement. These tracks are the Mendota sub, of the BNSF
line- and were the original CB&Q main running from Chicago to Quincy, IL
with a stop in Galesburg, IL. I rode this on Sunday the 23rd. I covered all
the on board shots in this video. Unfortunately- the train did a lot of
rocking and it was hard to hold a steady shot with my camera when i was
walking around. I also gathered videos of various fans who followed us on
this historic trip and included them with this video. My seat was the last
chair, in the last window, in the last car (the Parlor/observation Car).
Joining me was my good friend Eddie B.- engineer for Iowa Interstate RR, my
other friend from the IRM museum and director of operations for this
excursion Harold K. and my mom. This is the entire round trip. So sit back
and enjoy the ride! ~joe
CB&Q Chicago Burlington & Quincy Burlington Route MTH DCS Railking Premier
Diesel Engine Steam Engine O scale layout Lionel Fastrack EMD SD70ACe
SD45T-2 Dash 8-40CW Dash 8 Dash 9 C44-9W Union Pacific The Katy CSX IAIS
Rock Island 513 GE ES44AC GP38-2 Heritage Conrail Trains Railroad Southern
Pacific Tunnel Motor TTX Tank Car Esso Southern RR Caterpillar Norfolk and
Western Santa Fe Southern Pacific Long Island Alaska Canadian National
Canadian Pacific Burlington Route Soo Line BNSF IAIS Iowa Interstate
Burlington Northern E9's at La Grange, IL , 1990
These are video tape shots of Burlington Northern E9's arriving, departing
and passing nonstop through LaGrange, IL. The tape was recorded in August
of 1990. By this time, the BN was the last operator of the Electro-Motive
E-unit or "covered wagon" on the entire Metra rail commuter system (the
Chicago and NorthWestern was had retired its E units about a year earlier).
A few things to note while watching this video from over 22 years ago: the
lack of ditch lights on the E9's, how a few pedestrians/commuters show
little regard for the two other "live" tracks when crossing in front of a
stopped train with the gates down and notice in the one scene with the E9
side shot of a stopped westbound BN commuter train with passengers
detraining- an express BN commuter train on the center track flying through
at apparently track speed! This would not happen anywhere on today's Metra
system. Instead the express would hold short of the station until the
stopped train has cleared the station.
By the early 1960's the Electro-Motive Division (EMD) was at a big
disadvantage. Their 567 engine, in use for over 20 years, had reached it's
peak at 2.500 horsepower in a turbocharged 16-cylinder version. EMD released a
new 645 engine in 1966. The most powerful locomotive using this series of
engine was the SD45, powered by a 20-cylinder turbocharged 645E engine producing 3600 horsepower. Orders from
railroads all over the country, especially western roads, poured in. Great
Northern received the first one off the production line and Santa Fe took
delivery of a 90-unit order the first year.
At the same time Santa Fe was looking to replace it's aging fleet of
passenger locomotives. They wanted something more stylish than a freight
hood unit with a steam generator for thier famous Super Chief train. EMD
had already extended the SD45 frame and added a steam generator to the rear
creating the SDP45. They responded to Santa Fe's request by adding a cowl
body to the SDP45 thus creating the FP45.
Santa Fe took delivery of the first nine FP45's in December of 1967.
Numbered 100-108, they were painted in the red and silver warbonnet
passenger scheme with black Roman-style Santa Fe lettering on the sides.
The cowl offered a cleaner engine compartment and internal walkways, both
of which would lead to production of the F45, a regular SD45 with the cowl.
Santa Fe acquired forty F45's in 1968, numbered 1900-1939 and delivered in
the blue and yellow 'pinstripe' scheme. The second twenty were equipped
with steam lines for use on passenger trains. When Amtrak took over
passenger service the FP45's went into the freight pool, receiving blue and
yellow paint. The pinstripe paint scheme gave way to the blue and yellow
warbonnet scheme by 1980. In the early 80's all 40 FP45's and 8 F45's were
rebuilt at the San Bernadino shops. During the failed merger with Southern
Pacific seven FP45's and twenty F45's received red and yellow 'Kodachrome'
paint. On July 4th, 1989, FP45's 5992 and 5998 were released from the San
Bernadino shops as numbers 101 and 102 in the newly revived red and silver
'Super Fleet' scheme with a large Santa Fe on the sides. Two F45's were
wrecked and scrapped and one was sold to Wisconsin Central while the
remaining six were donated to various railroad museums. Six F45's were sold
to Wisconsin Central and the remaining units went to Morrison-Knudsen as
lease units with one being assigned and painted for Utah Railway.
Illinois Railway Museum 60th anniversary celebration
IRM celebrates 60 years. Riding the rails and seeing history. This is a
working museum, that lets you live the real rail experience. We have been
coming here for at least 15 years and you always discover something new.
Burlington Northern/Chicago Northwestern In The Powder River Basin, WY -1991
WARNING: This is probably the most boring railroad video you'll ever watch!
Two hours of Powder River Basin coal trains in uninspiring landscape. Lots
of wind noise (It's Wyoming, the wind always blows). :)
That out of the way, for those who want to see PRB operations in the
earlier 1990's you might enjoy this video. Back in those days a good part
of the PRB was still single track, with some sections of double track.
Compare that with today, where most of the PRB is triple track with some
sections of 4-track mainline! It was still Chicago Northwest with trackage
rights into the PRB, not the UP.
Lots of older power too. Tons of BN SD40-2's and C30-7's. SD60M's were just
starting to show up on the scene. And brand new UP AC4400's (which are
still the mainstay of UP coal train power today, after all these years).
There's only one non-coal train in the entire video, a BN intermodal that
spent all day slowly winding it's way through the CF of coal trains. The
PRB was a total mess in those days. An engineer told me it wasn't unusual
for a crew to board a train sitting in siding and sit in the same spot for
12 hours until relieved by the next crew!
This video was shot a few years before the new public road was built that
currently runs down to Antelope Creek and NACCO Junction, which IMO is the
most scenic area of the PRB.
Walker Siding, East and West ends.
East Bill and the Bill area.
Middle of nowhere between NACCO Jct. and Reno Jct.
Loading facility at the Black Thunder Mine.
All video was originally shot on 8mm tape using a Sony camcorder.
Let me know if you stay awake the entire two hours! :)
BN 5383 - Union, IL
BN 5383 heads through IRM during the annual Parade of Power, during Diesel
Days. The engineer sure likes his U30C, haha.
The Mega Zephyr at IRM
The Nebraska Zephyr with CB&Q EMD E5A 9911-A Silver Pilot leading an extra
long Nebraska Zephyr with stainless steel passenger cars at IRM in Union,
IL Recorded on 9/19/2010