Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

The Good Kind of Black Widow

This afternoon, not long after the eastbound Amtrak went through, I heard them calling signals to meet another train at Darwin (the next siding east of Fernley). Not long after that, I heard the BNSF local (sitting in the "house track" waiting for traffic to clear so that they could go home to Sparks) call out "hot main Fernley" and I went out to take a look. I spotted that the lead unit on the westbound stack train was out of the ordinary and managed to whip out my camera phone and activate it in time to take a picture of a singular locomotive.

UP 1996 Black Widow

That's Union Pacific locomotive 1996 leading the train. It's one of the railroad's "heritage fleet" of locomotives painted in schemes evoking predecessor roads that have since merged into UP. Each unit is numbered for the year it became a part of UP or a predecessor later merged into the larger road. UP 1996 wears a Southern Pacific scheme based on the "Black Widow" and "Daylight" paint schemes. No SP locomotive actually wore this exact livery.

I'm amazed that I managed to get this shot off at all, and pleased to see the SP heritage unit running on "home rails."
Tags: "southern pacific", "union pacific", fernley, locomotives, trains

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