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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/1995 - 7/9/2016
Album Info:Photos of KCS trains on the Heavener Sub between Sulphur Springs and Gentry. Siloam Springs has its own page.
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Open for a northbound
Title:  Open for a northbound
Description:  Shooting a northbound is always tricky on a north-south oriented line, as this shot in the late afternoon at Gravette shows. Since then-now ten years, has it really been that long since I left the frozen wasteland of NY state??-some of the foliage has grown up here, making this shot problematic. The power is still with us though.
Photo Date:  12/15/2006  Upload Date: 3/5/2017 3:48:38 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4622(AC44CW) TFM 1613(SD70MAC)
Views:  182   Comments: 1
Holding out
Title:  Holding out
Description:  This southbound was holding for a meet north of Gentry, waiting to move down the siding til the nortbound was at the south end. This way the trains would not block the several crossings in town more than needed for the meet. An NREX lease unit, formerly a GE lease fleet unit, leads, followed by two more GE's and a rebuilt SD 45.
Photo Date:  12/15/2006  Upload Date: 3/5/2017 4:14:49 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NREX 8545(B39-8E)
Views:  164   Comments: 1
Wonder if they get free Oatmeal Creme Pies??
Title:  Wonder if they get free Oatmeal Creme Pies??
Description:  The dodger works the McKee Foods plant-the folks who make Little Debbie.
Photo Date:  1/12/2007  Upload Date: 2/3/2017 4:54:00 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 2829(GP40-3) KCS 2813(GP40-3) KCS 2963(GP40-3)
Views:  226   Comments: 1
One frosty morn
Title:  One frosty morn
Description:  A pair of trains at the north end of Gentry on a day where the ice had formed on all the trees, making for a pretty photo, but somewhat hazardous driving. Fortunately, most of these events dont last long. The railroad, regardless of the weather, just keeps going.
Photo Date:  1/12/2007  Upload Date: 2/3/2017 4:58:16 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 2963(GP40-3) KCS 4596(AC44CW)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
Rolling onward
Title:  Rolling onward
Description:  This northbound 69 car H train is continuing its trip north after letting the dodger pass.
Photo Date:  1/12/2007  Upload Date: 2/3/2017 5:02:09 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4596(AC44CW) KCS 4606(AC44CW)
Views:  202   Comments: 1
Coal south
Title:  Coal south
Description:  A southbound TXUX train rolls through Gravette behind a common mix of power.
Photo Date:  1/23/2007  Upload Date: 10/6/2012 11:29:40 PM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5685(AC44CW) BNSF 9535(SD70MAC) BNSF 5708(AC44CW)
Views:  434   Comments: 0
GEs for grain
Title:  GEs for grain
Description:  A pair of GEs roll 75 cars of grain south. Theyre meeting a northbound M train here.
Photo Date:  2/17/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:00:53 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4590(AC44CW) KCS 4593(AC44CW)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
Mexican trio
Title:  Mexican trio
Description:  Three TFM SDs lead the northbound M train, waiting for a meet at Gentry with a southbound grain train. Todays count is 46 freight, with 23 COFC on the rear.
Photo Date:  2/17/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 4:49:58 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1401(SD40-2) TFM 1408(SD40-2) TFM 1438(SD40-2)
Views:  215   Comments: 0
A push for the grain
Title:  A push for the grain
Description:  A TFM SD70 is assisting the southbound grain train.
Photo Date:  2/17/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:02:16 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1650(SD70MAC)
Views:  144   Comments: 0
Home and away
Title:  Home and away
Description:  A pair of gray units, one lettered for KCS, the other for TFM, leads a 77 car southbound grain train at Collins Av in Gentry. The trailing unit shows one of the few times I shot a TFM lettered GE.
Photo Date:  2/24/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 4:41:29 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  115   Comments: 1
TFM on coal
Title:  TFM on coal
Description:  A TFM GE is one of the DPUs on this empty AEPX coal train, a service they did not commonly perform.
Photo Date:  2/24/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:04:48 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  116   Comments: 1
Rolling them home
Title:  Rolling them home
Description:  A northbound AEPX empty rolls north, headed for KC and eventually Wyoming behind an inclusive mix of power.
Photo Date:  2/24/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:16:40 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  109   Comments: 2
DPU in the field
Title:  DPU in the field
Description:  A northbound AEPX empty is seen across the field from the Butler Creek bridge.
Photo Date:  2/26/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:15:00 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  119   Comments: 0
Morning empties
Title:  Morning empties
Description:  The shot at Gravette is best done in the morning to take advantage of a better angle and fewer obstructions.
Photo Date:  2/26/2007  Upload Date: 1/29/2017 5:18:17 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  110   Comments: 0
Digging in
Title:  Digging in
Description:  The DPU on this AEPX coal train is revving up as it digs into the grade going south from Sulphur Springs. Its a hard push up to Gravette. Ill beat him there easily.
Photo Date:  6/8/2007  Upload Date: 7/5/2016 5:08:35 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4003(SD70ACe) UP 6527(AC44CW)
Views:  225   Comments: 1
Pushing south
Title:  Pushing south
Description:  A pair of BNSF units, one each from EMD and GE, is pushing south on this 125 car TXUX coal train.
Photo Date:  8/4/2007  Upload Date: 7/5/2016 4:33:19 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 6186(ES44AC) BNSF 6201(ES44AC)
Views:  203   Comments: 1
Rolling out
Title:  Rolling out
Description:  The southbound TXUX train gets moving from Dorsey siding after meeting a northbound.
Photo Date:  8/4/2007  Upload Date: 7/5/2016 4:43:39 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 6186(ES44AC) BNSF 6201(ES44AC)
Views:  221   Comments: 1
One rolling, one not
Title:  One rolling, one not
Description:  The caboose at Gravette has been preserved, no longer needed in the age of electronics. The trains, however, keep rolling, as does this southbound TXUX coal train bound for Texas, its BNSF power running through.
Photo Date:  8/4/2007  Upload Date: 7/5/2016 4:54:11 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  RollingStock,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 8896(SD70MAC) BNSF 6095(ES44AC) BNSF 8853(SD70MAC)
Views:  270   Comments: 2
Over the hump
Title:  Over the hump
Description:  The Heavener Sub is well known for its up and down profile, but there is one short rise that is not enough to get any attention, but it really poses a challenge to a heavy train. Were at MP 219, just south of Decatur, as a 125 car TXUX coal train pulls south, very slowly, over the top of the short grade here.
Photo Date:  8/4/2007  Upload Date: 7/5/2016 5:05:29 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 8896(SD70MAC) BNSF 6095(ES44AC) BNSF 8853(SD70MAC)
Views:  231   Comments: 1
TXUX coal behind a BNSF mix
Title:  TXUX coal behind a BNSF mix
Description:  A TXUX coal train passes the signal at CP North Gentry behind BNSF power in two schemes, and a TFM unit. The TFM power did not normally appear on these trains.
Photo Date:  8/30/2007  Upload Date: 10/6/2012 11:31:49 PM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5945(ES44AC) BNSF 9569(SD70MAC) TFM 1621(SD70MAC)
Views:  370   Comments: 0
Empties get a push
Title:  Empties get a push
Description:  Sometimes the empty unit trains get DPUs, sometimes they dont. Today, the empty coal train from Texas has a pair, aiding its northbound trek.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 4:49:12 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5927(ES44AC) BNSF 5935(ES44AC)
Views:  176   Comments: 1
Demo DPU
Title:  Demo DPU
Description:  The trailing unit on this DPU is one of the EMD SD70ACe demonstrators, one of three the KCS picked up following their tour on the KCS. Its pushing on the rear of a 125 car AEPX train, rolling over Butler Creek.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 4:55:16 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 3999(SD70ACe) UP 6553(AC44CW)
Views:  241   Comments: 1
Unusual power for a coal train
Title:  Unusual power for a coal train
Description:  A loaded TXUX train heads through Gravette behind a pair of TFM units bracketing a BNSF unit.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 10/6/2012 11:44:09 PM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1601(SD70MAC) BNSF 5605(AC44CW) TFM 1608(SD70MAC)
Views:  409   Comments: 0
Making the grade
Title:  Making the grade
Description:  A southbound TXUX train rolls 125 cars into Gravette very slowly, but gaining speed as it wins the battle coming up the hill from Sulphur Springs.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:01:05 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1601(SD70MAC) BNSF 5605(AC44CW) TFM 1608(SD70MAC)
Views:  184   Comments: 1
Out the north end
Title:  Out the north end
Description:  An empty TXUX train with a TFM leader faces the southbound home signal at N Gentry as it clears the interlocking there.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:04:04 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1623(SD70MAC)
Views:  228   Comments: 0
Leaning in
Title:  Leaning in
Description:  The DPU on this southbound AEPX train is pushing hard as it struggled up to Gravette with 124 cars.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:09:21 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1626(SD70MAC) TFM 1621(SD70MAC) UP 6251(AC44CW)
Views:  218   Comments: 1
Given the gate
Title:  Given the gate
Description:  A southbound 124 car AEPX train rolls across Butler Creek, past the gate to this pasture as it revs up for the climb to Gravette.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:12:24 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5806(AC44CWCTE) KCS 4015(SD70ACe)
Views:  235   Comments: 2
AEP coal rolls south
Title:  AEP coal rolls south
Description:  An AEPX train approaches the home signal at CP North Gentry en route south. Note the fresh paint on the signal, which would be replaced in 2012
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 10/6/2012 11:46:19 PM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5806(AC44CWCTE) KCS 4015(SD70ACe)
Views:  282   Comments: 0
Rolling on through
Title:  Rolling on through
Description:  This empty AEPX coal train is keeping the main as it rolls to a meet with a southbound at Gentry.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:14:55 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6750(AC44CW) UP 8183(SD9043MAC)
Views:  190   Comments: 1
Meet at the south end of town
Title:  Meet at the south end of town
Description:  We see the empty AEPX train passing the head end of a southbound grain train.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:19:31 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 6750(AC44CW) UP 8183(SD9043MAC) KCS 4023(SD70ACe) TFM 1600(SD70MAC)
Views:  225   Comments: 1
Outstanding in the field
Title:  Outstanding in the field
Description:  The northbound AEPX train rolls past the hayfield north of the Butler Creek bridge as it makes its way toward Missouri, a mile or so hence.
Photo Date:  9/1/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 5:23:12 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6750(AC44CW) UP 8183(SD9043MAC)
Views:  195   Comments: 1
Over the bridge
Title:  Over the bridge
Description:  A TXUX train rolls across Butler Creek at Sulphur Springs, about to tackle the hill into Gravette.
Photo Date:  9/15/2007  Upload Date: 7/9/2016 4:40:17 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9677(SD70MAC) BNSF 9653(SD70MAC) TFM 1621(SD70MAC)
Views:  197   Comments: 0
Gray power, gray day
Title:  Gray power, gray day
Description:  A light power move has cleared Dorsey siding and is about to cross Mt Olive Rd just south of Gravette. At this time, Belles were still something of a novelty, and gray units were everywhere. The other end of this move would have a brighter look.
Photo Date:  10/20/2007  Upload Date: 6/28/2016 4:58:13 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4584(AC44CW) KCS 4608(AC44CW)
Views:  205   Comments: 0
Colorful surprise
Title:  Colorful surprise
Description:  Belles were new at this time, and it was a treat to find one. This light power move just north of Dorsey had two trailing, a splash of color on a cloudy day.
Photo Date:  10/20/2007  Upload Date: 6/28/2016 5:00:30 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4685(ES44AC) KCS 4682(ES44AC)
Views:  222   Comments: 0
Fresh face
Title:  Fresh face
Description:  The trailing unit on this lite power move is a spanking new Belle. It still had that new car smell!!
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/12/2016 5:11:26 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4046(SD70ACe)
Views:  202   Comments: 1
Gray belles
Title:  Gray belles
Description:  A northbound "Belle hop" train of new covered hoppers in Belle colors is trailed by a gray GE giving it an assist as it rolls north toward Gravette.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/13/2016 2:50:28 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4588(AC44CW)
Views:  193   Comments: 1
Belle hop
Title:  Belle hop
Description:  In 2007, KCS bought a fleet of covered hoppers for grain service, all painted in a variation of the "Belle" scheme on their new diesels. For a while, these train sets ran as units, and it was common to see a solid 100 car train of these new cars. Heres one rolling south with 59 loads just south of Decatur.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/13/2016 3:03:38 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4608(AC44CW) KCS 4026(SD70ACe)
Views:  199   Comments: 2
Morning northbound
Title:  Morning northbound
Description:  A northbound empty grain train gets underway after a meet at Gentry.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/13/2016 3:07:54 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4621(AC44CW) KCS 4681(ES44AC)
Views:  206   Comments: 1
Sunlit face
Title:  Sunlit face
Description:  A 77 car grain train rolls out of the shadows and into the light, the sun illuminating the nose of its KCSM leader as it rolls over the top of the small grade south of Decatur.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 4:50:13 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCSM 4509(AC44CW) KCS 4015(SD70ACe)
Views:  196   Comments: 1
Checking it out
Title:  Checking it out
Description:  The Sperry car rolls south, just north of Dorsey siding, doing its thing to check for defects in the rail.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 4:53:11 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  SRS 124(Doodlebug)
Views:  182   Comments: 2
TFM leader
Title:  TFM leader
Description:  A northbound H train rolls into Gentry with 70 cars behind a two tone TFM SD 40. These units were common at the time.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/13/2016 3:20:33 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1406(SD40-2) KCS 6076(SD40-2) TFM 1336(SD40)
Views:  202   Comments: 1
Push in the shadows
Title:  Push in the shadows
Description:  The light is getting low at Dorsey as the DPU on this southbound grain train passes, one of the still numerous TFM SD70s.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 4:59:02 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1625(SD70MAC)
Views:  161   Comments: 0
Everybody push
Title:  Everybody push
Description:  TFM, KCS, and ex SP units push this AEPX coal train south at North Gentry. Once through town, he'll take the switch at Flint Creek to enter the SWEPCO plant between Gentry and Siloam Springs. A northbound empty grain train is in the siding, waiting to get out.
Photo Date:  10/27/2007  Upload Date: 7/13/2016 3:25:49 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  TFM 1633(SD70MAC) KCS 4585(AC44CW) UP 6294(AC44CW)
Views:  207   Comments: 0
Farm life
Title:  Farm life
Description:  Southbound grain led by an SD70ACe rolls past the farm at CP Flint Creek. The train and its 74 cars will continue south, not taking the lead that diverges here for SWEPCOs Flint Creek plant.
Photo Date:  11/3/2007  Upload Date: 6/28/2016 4:54:02 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4008(SD70ACe) KCS 4003(SD70ACe)
Views:  227   Comments: 1
Grays in the sun
Title:  Grays in the sun
Description:  A 101 car northbound empty grain train crosses Floyd Moore Rd behind three gray units, led by SD70ACe class unit 4000, with an assist from a BNSF SD70MAC.
Photo Date:  1/19/2008  Upload Date: 1/20/2017 4:39:29 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4000(SD70ACe) KCS 4589(AC44CW) KCS 4576(AC44CW) BNSF 9863(SD70MAC)
Views:  196   Comments: 0
Something new, both borrowed
Title:  Something new, both borrowed
Description:  A southbound 80 car grain train with a new Belle SD70ACe, lettered for KCSM, and a Mexican GE roll toward Floyd Moore Rd as they head for warmer climes. At this time, catching a Belle in the lead was a find.
Photo Date:  1/19/2008  Upload Date: 1/20/2017 4:42:27 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCSM 4091(SD70ACe) KCSM 4526(AC44CW)
Views:  165   Comments: 0
Pushing past the feed store
Title:  Pushing past the feed store
Description:  The DPU of an empty TXUX train passes the Curran Feed Store in Gentry.
Photo Date:  1/26/2008  Upload Date: 1/20/2017 4:14:18 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5798(ES44AC) BNSF 5728(ES44AC)
Views:  153   Comments: 0
Trailing the empties
Title:  Trailing the empties
Description:  The DPU on an empty TXUX train rolls away from the camera at CP Flint Creek.
Photo Date:  2/1/2008  Upload Date: 7/12/2016 4:44:07 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 6070(ES44AC)
Views:  161   Comments: 1
Grinstein in the snow
Title:  Grinstein in the snow
Description:  I was able to get out while there was still some snow, which typically doesnt last long here. An empty TXUX train approaches S Gentry in the white stuff as it heads toward KC and eventually Wyoming, where it will encounter a lot more of this.
Photo Date:  2/1/2008  Upload Date: 7/12/2016 4:47:20 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Winter,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9768(SD70MAC) BNSF 6194(ES44AC)
Views:  175   Comments: 1
One of only a few
Title:  One of only a few
Description:  At this point in time, there were few Gateway Western units still painted that way, so catching one was a treat. I never saw one on an active train, but did get this one on a lite power move.
Photo Date:  2/1/2008  Upload Date: 7/12/2016 4:52:05 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  GWWR 2001(GP38)
Views:  167   Comments: 1


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