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By:Karl Rethwisch
Dates:2/11/2009 - 2/11/2009
Album Info:Various locations on these RR's.
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Brand new.
Title:  Brand new.
Description:  Just delivered by the Congress Park job the 6628 waits to be fired up and put on a train at Clyde Yd..
Photo Date:  5/1/1971  Upload Date: 6/14/2010 9:36:10 PM
Location:  Cicero, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6628(F45)
Views:  991   Comments: 5
Brand New
Title:  Brand New
Description:  First trip.
Photo Date:  6/25/1971  Upload Date: 8/7/2016 8:15:14 AM
Location:  Savanna, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6502(SD45)
Views:  203   Comments: 1
Made the hill
Title:  Made the hill
Description:  No. 98 is just about over the top of Burke Hill, typically underpowered.
Photo Date:  10/1/1971  Upload Date: 6/14/2010 9:35:21 PM
Location:  Burke, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6635(F45)
Views:  500   Comments: 1
Over the hill.
Title:  Over the hill.
Description:  After passing beneath the old county rd. bridge the Engr. knew he was over the top of Burke.
Photo Date:  10/10/1971  Upload Date: 6/14/2010 9:48:46 PM
Location:  Burke, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6638(F45)
Views:  475   Comments: 3
A New U Boat, WOW !
Title:  A New U Boat, WOW !
Description:  I was VERY glad when these things were converted to razor blades.
Photo Date:  2/1/1972  Upload Date: 12/7/2009 2:25:42 PM
Location:  Cicero, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  BN 5300(U30C)
Views:  1210   Comments: 9
GOOD Stuff !!
Title:  GOOD Stuff !!
Description:  A better choice that the 5300. Just delivered to Congress Park, IL. Yd. by the IHB. 6 years later I'd be out in her territory runnin' ;er.
Photo Date:  3/15/1972  Upload Date: 12/7/2009 2:30:01 PM
Location:  Cicero, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  CS 910(SD40-2)
Views:  798   Comments: 1
For Sale
Title:  For Sale
Description:  Good View of the RR
Photo Date:  12/16/1972  Upload Date: 10/29/2009 2:19:33 PM
Location:  Oswego, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Winter,Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  816   Comments: 6
Darn !!!!!
Title:  Darn !!!!!
Description:  The "waiting room" was full
Photo Date:  5/15/1973  Upload Date: 1/9/2010 12:54:09 PM
Location:  Belmont, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Station,Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  566   Comments: 1
Station Stop
Title:  Station Stop
Description:  At least ya make out WHERE ya are, 22.56 mi. west of Chicago on the Q.
Photo Date:  5/15/1973  Upload Date: 1/9/2010 12:53:18 PM
Location:  Belmont, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  RollingStock,Station,Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  633   Comments: 3
1 green eng. and 1 RED signal.
Title:  1 green eng. and 1 RED signal.
Description:  Holdin the main, waitin.
Photo Date:  5/15/1973  Upload Date: 12/7/2009 8:08:07 PM
Location:  Aurora, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 826(F9A)
Views:  728   Comments: 5
BN 9921
Title:  BN 9921
Description:  Brand new (rebuilt) at Aurora RH,
Photo Date:  6/10/1973  Upload Date: 2/11/2009 11:53:14 PM
Location:  Aurora, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 9921(E9AM)
Views:  713   Comments: 2
Who?
Title:  Who?
Description:  The first rebuilt E unit back from MK. The first 10 units were adorned with the names of 10 regular suburban riders as selected by drawing the names by lottery.
Photo Date:  6/15/1973  Upload Date: 3/16/2010 11:54:40 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9910(E9AM)
Views:  552   Comments: 3
BN 9911
Title:  BN 9911
Description:  14th. St. Coach Yd. waiting to go home.
Photo Date:  9/12/1973  Upload Date: 2/11/2009 6:00:32 PM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 9911(E9AM)
Views:  690   Comments: 2
Great Power !
Title:  Great Power !
Description:  The Galesburg / Eola (IL.) local doin some work at Mendota (IL.).
Photo Date:  5/12/1974  Upload Date: 3/24/2014 5:46:14 PM
Location:  Mendota, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Station,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  196   Comments: 2
Whoops !!!
Title:  Whoops !!!
Description:  Locomotive vs.Truck.
Photo Date:  6/29/1974  Upload Date: 11/22/2018 8:35:14 PM
Location:  Walton, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck,Action
Locomotives:  CBQ 341(SD9) BN 6143(SD9)
Views:  349   Comments: 1
Goin to La Crosse.
Title:  Goin to La Crosse.
Description:  Bicentennial
Photo Date:  7/12/1975  Upload Date: 12/7/2009 9:01:43 PM
Location:  Savanna, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  BN 1776(U30C)
Views:  975   Comments: 2
Commin' off the main
Title:  Commin' off the main
Description:  Pullin' into D yd. and passin' a Q GP40 and some EL E units waitin' ta go back home. Can't remember my eng. no.
Photo Date:  9/15/1975  Upload Date: 7/25/2010 10:34:39 PM
Location:  Cicero, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Yard,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  308   Comments: 1
Dang I hate when that happens.
Title:  Dang I hate when that happens.
Description:  Flanger anyone?? Rock Falls branch just north of Earlville, IL.
Photo Date:  1/21/1976  Upload Date: 12/18/2009 3:08:53 AM
Location:  Earlville, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Winter,InCab,Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  680   Comments: 3
To the rescue.
Title:  To the rescue.
Description:  Aftre re-railing our spreader we went to the rescue of the "other" crew who found themselves in much worse shape than we had been. The 6200 had pushed snow so hard that no. 1 and no. 2 motors were on packed snow (ice) with the wheels more than an inch above the rail.
Photo Date:  1/21/1976  Upload Date: 12/18/2009 3:14:29 AM
Location:  Earlville, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,InCab,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  400   Comments: 2
Everybodys happy
Title:  Everybodys happy
Description:  No. 97 meetin' no. 86.
Photo Date:  2/15/1976  Upload Date: 12/31/2009 8:01:12 PM
Location:  Shabbona, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Station,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5738(U33C)
Views:  479   Comments: 3
No. 97
Title:  No. 97
Description: 
Photo Date:  6/1/1977  Upload Date: 2/14/2009 6:32:19 PM
Location:  Rochelle, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 6619(F45)
Views:  918   Comments: 0
Passin a passenger train
Title:  Passin a passenger train
Description:  My #97 is runnin' around a suburban train east of Eola yd.
Photo Date:  3/15/1979  Upload Date: 10/20/2010 12:17:14 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Winter,InCab,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9911(E9AM) BN 6464(SD45)
Views:  421   Comments: 1
Stoppin by for coffee.
Title:  Stoppin by for coffee.
Description:  Too many trains - - - too few tracks. That's a former Q waycar in front of me.
Photo Date:  4/1/1980  Upload Date: 12/23/2009 9:55:58 PM
Location:  Branson, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5031(C30-7)
Views:  573   Comments: 2
Da Pusher man
Title:  Da Pusher man
Description:  View from the pushers goin' over the Arkansas River in Pueblo shovin' a V92, a San Antonio load.
Photo Date:  10/15/1980  Upload Date: 1/18/2010 11:19:45 PM
Location:  Pueblo, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Bridge,InCab,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7014(SD40-2)
Views:  427   Comments: 2
BN 6529
Title:  BN 6529
Description:  On the afternoon of July 4, 1981 a series of events coalesced to produce a deadly and dramatic wreck that has few equals. As I left Trinidad, CO. on an Amarillo coal load we began to notice the sky above Raton Mesa darkening to a degree not often seen. Conversation was that, when this storm breaks, all hell's gonna break loose with it. We got a few raindrops on the windshield, nothing more. At Trinchere, CO. a train was in the siding waiting for us. We continued on to Texline, TX. and tied up, never knowing what had occured behind us. In the morning, after having been in town for over 14 hr. with no sign of a westbound train for us I inquired about the reason(s) we had not been called. I found out, soon enough. The storm we had seen forming did indeed break loose. The deluge it produced was of epic proportions. All the ditches, arroyos and gullies, plugged with years of accumulated brush and debris, were cleared out by the enormous amount of water produced by the storm. All this material had only one place to go - - Frijole Creek. A 90 ft. plate girder bridge spanned the creek at MP 227.78, a point nearing the bottom of a small hill with a cut and a left hand curve preceeding it. It was, at that time, well past daylight so, in "dark territory", no warning was available to the crew to announce the problem ahead of them. Extra 6529 east, a unit rail train of D&RGW cars headed for Amarillo, passed through the cut, rounded the left hand curve and plunged into what was estimated to be a 20 to 40 ft. wall of water. The bridge had been torn from the concrete abutments so 6529, obeying the laws of physics, arced forward and downward from the west abutment. The SD45 struck the east abutment about 15 ft. below its top surface with the second unit and the train adding their energy to the event. The results can be clearly seen in this series of pics that show the engines resting on the creek bed, partially buried in debris and surrounded by rail cars and bent, twisted rail. The head end crew perished in the incident and traffic was delayed for nearly 4 days as a result. The RR was severly criticized for running a train during such incredibly bad weather without the benefit of a track patrol preceding it. Settlements were forthcoming but the details were never revealed.
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:54:04 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45) BN 6378(SD40-2)
Views:  2224   Comments: 5
BN 6529
Title:  BN 6529
Description: 
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:48:22 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45)
Views:  1024   Comments: 1
BN 6529
Title:  BN 6529
Description:  All that remains of a once fine locomotive.
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:50:26 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45)
Views:  966   Comments: 3
BN 6529
Title:  BN 6529
Description:  The SD45 was obvious scrap, as the pic reveals, but the SD40 was thought to be salvageable. Further inspection of the eng. revealed the cost of rebuilding to be in excess of its value.
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:48:59 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45)
Views:  1033   Comments: 1
Frijole Creek
Title:  Frijole Creek
Description:  The people are standing on the temporary fill placed by the RR to allow traffic to run until a new bridge could be installed.
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:49:47 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45)
Views:  1232   Comments: 1
BN 6529
Title:  BN 6529
Description:  Twisted rail and rail cars can be seen in the arroyo at a point downstream of the bridge location. 25 years later, parts can still be uncovered in the stream bed.
Photo Date:  7/4/1981  Upload Date: 12/20/2009 7:49:22 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 6529(SD45)
Views:  1195   Comments: 1
Almost at the TOP !
Title:  Almost at the TOP !
Description:  6755 is about one half mile from reaching the top of the curving, 1%+ climb outta Walsenburg, CO. with a Houston coal load.
Photo Date:  2/11/1982  Upload Date: 7/20/2014 6:44:46 PM
Location:  Walsenburg, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6755(SD40-2)
Views:  233   Comments: 2
My SECOND Most Favorite Seat !
Title:  My SECOND Most Favorite Seat !
Description:  Goin' up the main at Des Moines ta meet somebody.
Photo Date:  8/15/1982  Upload Date: 8/12/2012 6:23:13 PM
Location:  Des Moines, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,InCab,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7228(SD40-2)
Views:  479   Comments: 5
Chilly, or chili. You can get either
Title:  Chilly, or chili. You can get either
Description:  A little non-action in Tdad. yd.
Photo Date:  1/15/1983  Upload Date: 7/25/2010 8:07:17 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Winter,Yard
Locomotives:  BN 2151(GP38-2)
Views:  635   Comments: 1
Leisure time.
Title:  Leisure time.
Description:  I was on a work xtra waiting for mainline traffic to get out of our way at Alps, NM.
Photo Date:  12/18/1983  Upload Date: 12/7/2009 11:22:18 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 7145(SD40-2)
Views:  367   Comments: 2
Which way is up ??
Title:  Which way is up ??
Description:  An 86' auto parts car "falls" victim to the "jack knife" principal. The derailment occured on the now abandond 12 deg. curve in downtown Trinidad. The car is actually resting on Elm St. and the track can be seen at the tip of the right-hand cone.
Photo Date:  1/15/1984  Upload Date: 1/26/2011 3:48:26 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  374   Comments: 3
Waitin.
Title:  Waitin.
Description:  I'm stopped behind a train, stopped behind a train, waitin for another train ta move out of the siding at Branson so we can ALL go through it. That's a former CB&Q waycar.
Photo Date:  6/15/1984  Upload Date: 2/1/2012 4:58:45 PM
Location:  Branson, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,InCab
Locomotives: 
Views:  315   Comments: 3
A Roller Coaster I got PAID ta Ride !!
Title:  A Roller Coaster I got PAID ta Ride !!
Description:  A load undulates across the New Mexico prairie on its way to Sedan, TX.
Photo Date:  7/15/1985  Upload Date: 5/27/2012 1:30:47 PM
Location:  Clayton, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Track,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7194(SD40-2)
Views:  476   Comments: 5
Big Curve !!
Title:  Big Curve !!
Description:  I stopped on the Oak Canyon curve ta get this shot. Traffic ahead wasn't going to let us go too much further anyway.
Photo Date:  8/20/1985  Upload Date: 5/27/2012 1:02:58 PM
Location:  Folsom, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5555(C30-7)
Views:  455   Comments: 3
Lookin my train over
Title:  Lookin my train over
Description:  Musta got bored usin' the window ta look the train over. This IS a much better view however. The category is "In cab", no category for On cab.
Photo Date:  3/12/1986  Upload Date: 12/30/2009 9:12:00 AM
Location:  Folsom, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  281   Comments: 3
Commin' Soon to a Town Near You. !!!
Title:  Commin' Soon to a Town Near You. !!!
Description:  Former C&S ROW through Alps, NM. after a fresh snowfall.
Photo Date:  1/15/1987  Upload Date: 10/3/2013 12:22:03 PM
Location:  Folsom, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Track,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  399   Comments: 5
Whos first?  Trinchere, CO.
Title:  Whos first? Trinchere, CO.
Description:  A coal load waits for a "streetcar" ta pass.
Photo Date:  3/15/1987  Upload Date: 12/1/2009 5:21:23 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BN 3150(GP50) BN 7115(SD40-2)
Views:  756   Comments: 3
Startin' ta get crowded
Title:  Startin' ta get crowded
Description:  A three train meet at Grande sdng. I was on the 7120.
Photo Date:  5/1/1987  Upload Date: 7/25/2010 7:36:59 PM
Location:  Grande, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 7120(SD40-2)
Views:  335   Comments: 2
View from the Penthouse
Title:  View from the Penthouse
Description:  I HAD ta spell it with an "E" on the orders. The view is on the 1%+ grade between Trinchere and Branson, CO. on a Houston load.
Photo Date:  5/1/1987  Upload Date: 11/21/2010 11:22:29 AM
Location:  Trinchera, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Scenic,InCab,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7120(SD40-2)
Views:  375   Comments: 1
960 amps at 12 mph.
Title:  960 amps at 12 mph.
Description:  Not exactly a "hot shot" !!
Photo Date:  5/15/1987  Upload Date: 1/1/2010 12:45:56 AM
Location:  Branson, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7120(SD40-2)
Views:  472   Comments: 2
Good place ta build a RR
Title:  Good place ta build a RR
Description:  Train 195 experienced a small incident on its way to Trinidad and beyond. The location is the MT between the switches of Mayne, CO. siding.
Photo Date:  7/15/1987  Upload Date: 11/22/2010 6:53:56 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck,Track,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  225   Comments: 0
What's THIS?
Title:  What's THIS?
Description:  The 195 "incident" at Mayne, CO. The trucks accumulated near the former location of the west switch of the siding.
Photo Date:  7/15/1987  Upload Date: 11/22/2010 6:59:16 PM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck,Track,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  352   Comments: 3
Unusual place ta meet
Title:  Unusual place ta meet
Description:  With a 2960' siding it's easy ta see why meets are few and far between.
Photo Date:  11/1/1987  Upload Date: 11/17/2010 10:15:50 PM
Location:  Clayton, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6361(SD40-2) BN 7112(SD40-2)
Views:  405   Comments: 2
The End.
Title:  The End.
Description:  Still in service and tied to a coal MT in Trinidad.
Photo Date:  4/15/1988  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 11:35:27 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  99   Comments: 2
Whats this guy DOIN?
Title:  Whats this guy DOIN?
Description:  Any ideas?
Photo Date:  2/15/1989  Upload Date: 1/22/2010 10:59:27 PM
Location:  Clayton, NM
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  InCab,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5383(U30C)
Views:  1396   Comments: 5
Where did it GO ??
Title:  Where did it GO ??
Description:  MP 223. A knuckle failure near the rear of train caused this, near the HEAD end of the train.
Photo Date:  3/15/1989  Upload Date: 12/18/2009 10:43:59 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Karl Rethwisch
Categories:  Wreck,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  423   Comments: 1


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