Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

Switching it Up

On our way home from the post office and getting propane a couple of days ago, Lisa and I saw that the local BNSF switch crew had received a new locomotive and was in the process of swapping one unit for another.

Santa Fe is Coming to Town
Quite a little rainbow fleet here as ex-Santa Fe 188 (in the "yellowbonnet" freight color scheme) prepares to displace BNSF 145 and join ex-Santa Fe 152 (in the "warbonnet" scheme) as the power for the local job for a while. All three locomotives are GP60s of various sorts, and have been renumbered as BNSF tries to put all of this type in the same family of numbers.

Waiting to Depart
Later that day, the setting sun brightly lit 145 as it sat idling on the "house track," where it would set for the better part of a day or so until a BNSF through freight came by and collected it to haul it off for regular servicing and inspection.

While this locomotive swap was taking place, "Big BN" (which had dropped off the new unit) was getting ready to depart on the main; a UP freight was passing on the siding, and a UP signal maintainer was driving through (visible in this picture). Fernley can be quite the railroad hot spot, even though it's "merely" a through siding on the UP mainline.
Tags: bnsf, fernley, trains, up

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