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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/1977 - 5/16/2011
Album Info:Photos of trains on the BNSF system
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Returning to Wyoming
Title:  Returning to Wyoming
Description:  A westbound empty UFIX train is en route back to Wyoming for more coal, seen alongside US 287.
Photo Date:  2/10/1996  Upload Date: 5/13/2014 1:58:39 AM
Location:  Ashtola, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9515(SD70MAC) BN 9400(SD70MAC) BN 9708(SD70MAC)
Views:  486   Comments: 1
Coal for Texas
Title:  Coal for Texas
Description:  A UFIX train out of Wyoming heads deeper into Texas as seen along US 287
Photo Date:  2/10/1996  Upload Date: 5/13/2014 2:00:39 AM
Location:  Lelia Lake, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9580(SD70MAC) BN 9481(SD70MAC) BN 9598(SD70MAC)
Views:  308   Comments: 2
Last rays of sun on the Warbonnets
Title:  Last rays of sun on the Warbonnets
Description:  The last rays of sun glint off a set of Santa Fe red and silver units. The sun was also setting on that magnificent paint scheme. UPDATE: Maybe I was too hasty on that comment. I just did a trip to LA(March 2019), and saw quite a few of these. The SD 75's are off the roster and now in the PRLX fleet, but there are quite a few GE's still knocking around in varying degrees of faded red and silver. Actually, some of them look pretty good. I saw one train that had three, all in decent paint.
Photo Date:  2/11/1996  Upload Date: 5/13/2014 2:02:07 AM
Location:  Becker, NM
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 8259(SD75M) ATSF 697(C44-9W) ATSF 864(C40-8W) ATSF 7437(B40-8)
Views:  472   Comments: 2
Westbound on the Q
Title:  Westbound on the Q
Description:  Caught this from a rest area on I 80.
Photo Date:  3/30/1996  Upload Date: 5/13/2014 1:57:11 AM
Location:  Wyanet, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 7064(SD40-2) BN 4104(B30-7AB) BN 7050(SD40-2)
Views:  250   Comments: 1
View from Oregon
Title:  View from Oregon
Description:  The great thing about the Columbia River is that it has tracks on both sides. I was on I 84 headed for Portland and caught this on the Washington side.
Photo Date:  4/16/1996  Upload Date: 5/9/2014 1:54:25 AM
Location:  Maryhill, WA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  137   Comments: 1
Transfer power
Title:  Transfer power
Description:  BN, and later BNSF-used a lot of smaller power on locals and transfers; both roads had some real classics. Heres a pair of older units at the west end of Clearing.
Photo Date:  4/28/1996  Upload Date: 5/9/2014 1:47:29 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 1408(GP10) BN 1590(GP28P)
Views:  335   Comments: 2
Coal train east
Title:  Coal train east
Description:  Right after Memorial Day 1996, I delivered a load of beer to a distributor in Ottumwa Iowa. While waiting on my next load, I caught this train rolling east. In the pre SD70 and AC4400 everywhere era, coal trains usually got a mix of 3000 HP units, such as these.
Photo Date:  5/28/1996  Upload Date: 6/23/2012 1:38:27 AM
Location:  Ottumwa, IA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5125(C30-7) BN 5009(C30-7)
Views:  378   Comments: 1
Good to see a GP 30
Title:  Good to see a GP 30
Description:  Even if its rebuilt as a GP39. Gotta love that brow over the cab. This one has 59 cars in tow rolling west.
Photo Date:  5/29/1996  Upload Date: 5/8/2014 2:33:44 AM
Location:  Ottumwa, IA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 2805(GP39M) BN 3113(GP50)
Views:  316   Comments: 1
Westbound pigs
Title:  Westbound pigs
Description:  A westbound intermodal train heads for Denver as I unload 1900 cases at the Budweiser distributor. This one had 45 TOFC and 22 stack platforms
Photo Date:  5/29/1996  Upload Date: 5/8/2014 2:35:06 AM
Location:  Ottumwa, IA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6383(SD40-2) BN 8179(SD40-2) BN 4081(B30-7AB)
Views:  212   Comments: 1
Headed for Denver
Title:  Headed for Denver
Description:  A train heads out of La Junta behind a set of 4 axle units in the soon to be changed classic Santa Fe colors. The classic Santa Fe signal gantry will last a while longer
Photo Date:  10/27/1996  Upload Date: 5/6/2014 3:07:11 AM
Location:  La Junta, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 2834(GP35u) ATSF 2079(GP7u) ATSF 2305(GP38u)
Views:  352   Comments: 1
Autos west
Title:  Autos west
Description:  In 1996, BNSF was still running some trains on the ex ATSF passenger line through Dodge City. I caught this 70 car rack train near Ingalls Kan
Photo Date:  10/27/1996  Upload Date: 5/6/2014 3:01:49 AM
Location:  Ingalls, KS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 626(C44-9W) ATSF 2321(GP38u)
Views:  295   Comments: 2
Amarillo...in a few hours
Title:  Amarillo...in a few hours
Description:  A westbound for Amarillo and eventually Seattle-note the Boeing car behind the power-rolls along US 287
Photo Date:  11/2/1996  Upload Date: 5/6/2014 3:11:23 AM
Location:  Clarendon, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 5207(SD40-2) BNSF 9765(SD70MAC)
Views:  321   Comments: 1
Good pole shot
Title:  Good pole shot
Description:  Caouth this westbound behine a pair of Warbonnets-witha pole right smack in the middle of the power. Such are the trials of trying to take train photos while driving a truck
Photo Date:  11/2/1996  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:40:42 AM
Location:  Vernon, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 692(C44-9W)
Views:  196   Comments: 1
Back to Wyoming
Title:  Back to Wyoming
Description:  An empty coal train rolls west to Amarillo, the will go north to the Wyoming coal mine in came from for another load of Texas bound coal
Photo Date:  11/2/1996  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:59:59 AM
Location:  Clarendon, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9425(SD70MAC) BN 9433(SD70MAC)
Views:  243   Comments: 1
Coal train east
Title:  Coal train east
Description:  One of the things I tried to do when I could was follow routes that put me next to rail lines. Sometimes it yielded interesting results, such as this along US 287in Texas, though the problems inherent with parking a 53 foot trailer often prevented me from getting the ideal shot.
Photo Date:  4/12/1997  Upload Date: 7/28/2012 3:24:41 AM
Location:  Vernon, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 5572(C30-7) NS 8507(C36-7) ATSF 8101(C30-7) BN 5061(C30-7) BN 5054(C30-7)
Views:  509   Comments: 2
Back to the mine
Title:  Back to the mine
Description:  A set of Grinstein green SD70s lead an empty train through Denver en route back to Wyoming for another load of coal
Photo Date:  4/12/1997  Upload Date: 7/28/2012 3:26:30 AM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 9589(SD70MAC) BN 9679(SD70MAC)
Views:  228   Comments: 1
Freight south
Title:  Freight south
Description:  A general freight rolls south into Dalhart Tex on a line known best for its coal trains. Must have been a grab shot. Fuzzy as hell, but good power set.
Photo Date:  4/12/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:34:09 AM
Location:  Dalhart, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  157   Comments: 1
Back to the mine
Title:  Back to the mine
Description:  A coal train from Texas rolls back to Wyoming for more black diamonds at Dalhart. It will shortly cross the UPs ex Rock Island line to New Mexico. Imagine, 30 years earlier I could have seen Q SD 24s here.
Photo Date:  4/12/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:35:59 AM
Location:  Dalhart, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 9543(SD70MAC) BNSF 9741(SD70MAC) BN 9617(SD70MAC)
Views:  295   Comments: 1
Oakway rolls south
Title:  Oakway rolls south
Description:  Doing what it was intended for, an Oakway SD 60 and 3 BN units roll south with a loaded coal train
Photo Date:  4/12/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:36:57 AM
Location:  Dalhart, TX
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  145   Comments: 2
Coal to Texas
Title:  Coal to Texas
Description:  A loaded coal train rolls toward Texas on the C&S near Trinidad CO behind three BN SD70MAC's in the famous Grinstein scheme.
Photo Date:  4/14/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:32:19 AM
Location:  Trinidad, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9536(SD70MAC) BN 9400(SD70MAC) BN 9482(SD70MAC)
Views:  572   Comments: 1
Interesting local
Title:  Interesting local
Description:  The power by itself is notable, but the rolling stock is classic. I was getting loaded at the Budweiser plant in Ft Collins when this local showed up to work. The cars make the shot. Whod have figured NP and Frisco boxcars in 1997??
Photo Date:  4/15/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:23:25 AM
Location:  Fort Collins, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,RollingStock,Action
Locomotives:  BN 2934(GP39E)
Views:  278   Comments: 2
Yard power
Title:  Yard power
Description:  BN had some interesting power for the 1990s-survivor SD9s and end cab switchers, such as this pair working at Denver.
Photo Date:  4/15/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:27:01 AM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6245(SD9) BN 319(SW1500)
Views:  275   Comments: 2
Lite power
Title:  Lite power
Description:  Looking for all the world like its 1977 and not 1997 and having a new owner, a pair of BN green SDs roll past my perch while I wait for my receiver to unload his plumbing supplies.
Photo Date:  4/15/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:28:40 AM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  BN 8070(SD40-2) BN 7110(SD40-2)
Views:  227   Comments: 2
Joint Line coal
Title:  Joint Line coal
Description:  An empty train headed back to the mines in Wyoming rolls past my truck.
Photo Date:  4/15/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:29:44 AM
Location:  Denver, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9788(SD70MAC) BN 9687(SD70MAC)
Views:  155   Comments: 1
Oakways
Title:  Oakways
Description:  BN acquired 100 Oakway Leasing SD60s on a power by the hour plan in the early 1990s. Most worked coak trains, but occasinally some would wind up on freight, such as this pair seen at the Budweiser brewery in Ft Colllins.
Photo Date:  4/15/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:25:38 AM
Location:  Fort Collins, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  EMDX 9024(SD60) EMDX 9075(SD60)
Views:  245   Comments: 1
Warbonnets west
Title:  Warbonnets west
Description:  This was a "hold up the camera and pray" shot I took from I 40. Four Warbonnets roll a trailer train west in Arizona
Photo Date:  4/21/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:19:06 AM
Location:  Winona, AZ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 217(SD75M) ATSF 572(B40-8W)
Views:  282   Comments: 1
Interesting power
Title:  Interesting power
Description:  A mix of power including one of the ATSF SD45Bs roll west next to I 40.
Photo Date:  4/21/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:27:26 AM
Location:  Winslow, AZ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 685(C44-9W) ATSF 5511(SD45-2B) NS 1640(SD40-2)
Views:  565   Comments: 1
Old scheme
Title:  Old scheme
Description:  A trio of ATSF units in the blue & yellow rolls west
Photo Date:  4/21/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:43:31 AM
Location:  Winslow, AZ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 7413(B40-8) ATSF 2779(GP30u) ATSF 5404(SD45u)
Views:  329   Comments: 1
I 40 westbound
Title:  I 40 westbound
Description:  The train is westbound, Im eastbound. Lots of trains from the interstate. Wish Id had time to camp out and shoot some.
Photo Date:  4/21/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:46:23 AM
Location:  Winona, AZ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  138   Comments: 1
Local in the wilderness
Title:  Local in the wilderness
Description:  Best I can figure this is near Williams somewhere. Lots of open desert out there.
Photo Date:  4/21/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 2:55:17 AM
Location:  Williams, AZ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  162   Comments: 1
Yard power
Title:  Yard power
Description:  A slug set at Argentine in Kansas City. This one got the BNSF treatment early.
Photo Date:  4/29/1997  Upload Date: 4/27/2014 3:06:19 AM
Location:  Argentine, KS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 3820(GP7u) BNSF 3955(Yard Slug)
Views:  387   Comments: 1
West on 60
Title:  West on 60
Description:  A westbound on the ex Frisco rolls along next to US 60 near Aurora Mo
Photo Date:  5/20/1997  Upload Date: 4/16/2014 12:30:57 AM
Location:  Aurora, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 5549(C30-7) ATSF 3409(GP39-2u) BN 5106(C30-7)
Views:  267   Comments: 1
Rolling for Billings
Title:  Rolling for Billings
Description:  An eastbound BNSF train is headed east on the MRL near Bozeman
Photo Date:  9/28/1997  Upload Date: 3/24/2014 12:52:10 AM
Location:  Bozeman Pass, MT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 1016(C44-9W) BN 5099(C30-7)
Views:  273   Comments: 1
End of the journey
Title:  End of the journey
Description:  An eastbound stac train arrives behind a trio of BN units, unusual at Corwith even after the BNSF merger
Photo Date:  10/4/1997  Upload Date: 3/24/2014 12:49:34 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BN 6793(SD40-2) BN 7919(SD40-2) BN 5117(C30-7)
Views:  258   Comments: 1
BN on the Frisco
Title:  BN on the Frisco
Description:  Actually by now a BNSF train. This was a lucky catch. I was crossing the tracks here and saw the train down the line, had a chance to park the truck and wait him out.
Photo Date:  10/20/1997  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 1:18:31 AM
Location:  Brookline, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 7134(SD40-2) BN 7124(SD40-2)
Views:  263   Comments: 2
Yard power
Title:  Yard power
Description:  A pair of GP 30s and a buggy work at Corwith
Photo Date:  11/13/1997  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 1:13:31 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 2756(GP30u) ATSF 2723(GP30u)
Views:  336   Comments: 1
Close up
Title:  Close up
Description:  This unit was sitting over the fence from our Chicago terminal. The Sears Tower is visible through the haze to the right
Photo Date:  11/13/1997  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 1:22:06 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  BNSF 972(C44-9W)
Views:  214   Comments: 1
Stacks arriving
Title:  Stacks arriving
Description:  A stack train arrives from the west behind one new and one old unit
Photo Date:  11/13/1997  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 1:26:31 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 972(C44-9W) MKM 5026(SD40-2)
Views:  348   Comments: 1
Local with interesting leader
Title:  Local with interesting leader
Description:  A rare unit from EMD was the GP 28, not many built. Here one of them leads westbound away from Springfiield.
Photo Date:  11/14/1997  Upload Date: 3/24/2014 12:41:56 AM
Location:  Brookline, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 1514(GP28M) BN 5119(C30-7) BN 8014(SD40-2)
Views:  304   Comments: 1
Headed for Tulsa
Title:  Headed for Tulsa
Description:  A road train on the ex SLSF heads for Tulsa along US 60
Photo Date:  11/14/1997  Upload Date: 3/24/2014 12:43:21 AM
Location:  Aurora, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 7437(B40-8) BN 738(F7A)
Views:  409   Comments: 1
Empties on the Ft \Scott Sub
Title:  Empties on the Ft \Scott Sub
Description:  An empty coal train is on the last lap to Kansas City near Lenexa Kan
Photo Date:  5/4/1998  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 1:30:46 AM
Location:  Lenexa, KS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9816(SD70MAC) BNSF 9645(SD70MAC)
Views:  240   Comments: 3
Eastbound on the MRL
Title:  Eastbound on the MRL
Description:  An eastbound BNSF train on the MRL near Livingston, as seen from I 90.
Photo Date:  9/20/1998  Upload Date: 7/29/2012 4:07:41 AM
Location:  Livingston, MT
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 2075(GP38)
Views:  297   Comments: 1
Along the Columbia River
Title:  Along the Columbia River
Description:  A BNSF eastbound train is seen from the Oregon side of the river. The pole line in the foreground is the UP
Photo Date:  9/20/1998  Upload Date: 7/29/2012 4:12:01 AM
Location:  Wishram, WA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  196   Comments: 1
Eastbound along the interstate
Title:  Eastbound along the interstate
Description:  I 76 follows the Burlington main east out of the Denver area, within sight of it most of the way to Fort Morgan. I passed this grain train near Brighton
Photo Date:  9/20/1998  Upload Date: 3/15/2014 12:54:59 AM
Location:  Brighton, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BN 2358(GP38-2) BN 5071(C30-7) BN 7169(SD40-2) BN 5507(C30-7)
Views:  330   Comments: 1
Coal, always coal
Title:  Coal, always coal
Description:  One thing you can count on is there will be coal trains on this line, headed for Denver and the Joint Line. This one was near Keensburg
Photo Date:  9/20/1998  Upload Date: 3/15/2014 12:56:26 AM
Location:  Brighton, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9819(SD70MAC) BNSF 9469(SD70MAC)
Views:  218   Comments: 1
Switching Corwith
Title:  Switching Corwith
Description:  A Santa Fe GP 30 works the pig tracks at Corwith Yard, seen from over the fence at the JB Hunt Chicago Terminal
Photo Date:  9/29/1998  Upload Date: 3/15/2014 12:52:07 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 2703(GP30u)
Views:  242   Comments: 1
Coal for Texas
Title:  Coal for Texas
Description:  A southbound coal train is about to roll south on the KS at Knoche yard.
Photo Date:  1/17/1999  Upload Date: 3/8/2014 3:34:34 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5588(C30-7) BN 5596(C30-7) EMDX 9069(SD60)
Views:  296   Comments: 2
Coal south
Title:  Coal south
Description:  A coal train from Wyoming heads toward the Joint Line near Hudson Colorado as seen from adjacent I 76
Photo Date:  2/28/1999  Upload Date: 3/8/2014 3:41:56 AM
Location:  Hudson, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 9705(SD70MAC) BN 9704(SD70MAC) BNSF 8983(SD70MAC)
Views:  216   Comments: 1
Westbound pigs
Title:  Westbound pigs
Description:  There are a mattering of non coal trains on the line to Alliance, a couple of intermodals and merchandise trains, notably the train that carries 737 fuselages to Seattle for Boeing. Heres one of the intermodals.
Photo Date:  3/1/1999  Upload Date: 3/9/2014 3:44:18 AM
Location:  Broken Bow, NE
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 568(B40-8W) BN 9282(SD60M) BNSF 6714(SD40-2)
Views:  290   Comments: 2
BN power rules
Title:  BN power rules
Description:  For now. It wuold not be too many years til BNSF units took over and all except a diminishing number of Grinstein SD70s would power coal trains. Saw quite a few of these that day.
Photo Date:  3/1/1999  Upload Date: 3/9/2014 3:46:33 AM
Location:  Mullen, NE
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BN 5039(C30-7) BN 5064(C30-7) BN 7819(SD40-2) BN 5072(C30-7)
Views:  232   Comments: 2


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