Railfan photos, page 4

Continuing on, BNSF Warbonnet 734 speeds the westbound Q train through Pacific, MO on 10-18-12, bound for Clovis, NM.

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Later that same day, UP 4930 leads a westbound through Pacific. Both BNSF and UP run through here on separate lines: UP to Kansas City, BNSF to Springfield and Tulsa.

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Next, BNSF Warbonnet 733 begins the eastbound climb up Kirkwood Hill at Valley Park, 7-19-13.

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Our “Rails Around Missouri” tour lent an opportunity to visit BNSFs Marceline Sub, and on 10-18-13, BNSF 6560 rushes a westbound stack train through Marceline.

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Next, BNSF 6515 roars through Bucklin, MO with a westbound stack train, 10-18-13.

 

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2 DPUs bring up the rear, passing through a classic ATSF searchlight signal bridge. All of these bridges were in the process of being replaced by “Darth Vader” hood-type signals at the time of this visit.

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A few miles east of Bucklin is the hamlet of Hart, where the ATSF searchlight signals have been replaced by 3-light hoods, though the signal bridge itself was retained. BNSF 5523 rounds the curve & passes under the signal bridge on 10-18-13.

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At Ethel, the ATSF signals are still in use, though the Vader hoods are in place but not yet active.

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BNSF 6723 rushes another stack train east through Ethel. Skies are darkening as I traveled east, and by the time I got to La Plata, it was cold & raining.

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That night in La Plata, the station agent gets things ready for 2 passengers inside the restored, art-deco style station. Westbound Amtrak #3, the Southwest Chief, was due at 730pm.

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Next afternoon, BNSF 5643 blasts westbound through La Plata oon 10-19-13.

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Back in St Louis, BNSF 5173 crests Kirkwood Hill at Geyer Rd on 11-1-13.

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BNSF 5105 and two mates battle a blizzard as they climb Kirkwood Hill at Quinette Rd on 3-24-14

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BNSF 6114 crosses the Meramec River at Valley Park, 3-23-14.

 

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Next, NS 9232 leads the eastbound BNSF Q train from Clovis through Eureka on 4-4-14.

 

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Later that same day, the eastbound Cuba Sub local rounds the curve at Dozier and passes a freight that is tied down in the Pacific siding.

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BNSF 6337 leads an empty coal train down Kirkwood Hill & over I-270 on 5-2-14.

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The Q train gets priority as two westbound freights meet at the west Eureka switch on 5-23-14. The Q train had an issue with the RED, which was replaced during this meet.

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Amtrak Cab control car 406 and the Veteran’s unit lead Amtrak’s exhibit train east through Valley Park on 6-16-14. The train was returning to Chicago from the NRHS convention in Springdale, AR.

 

 

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UP 7412 grinds up Kirkwood Hill with a coal train on 6-24-14.

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UP 4937 meets maintenance equipment as it works uphill later that same day.

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The eastbound Cuba Sub local splits the signals at east Valley Park on July 16, 2014.

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Then meets a westbound freight waiting at the end of double track…

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Amtrak Heritage unit 66 speeds through Keyes Summit on 8-5-14.

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BNSF 6258 roars through Crescent, MO with an empty coal train on 8-13-14.

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Same day at Crescent, over on the UP, an eastbound stack train crosses the Meramec River lead by UP 4629.

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Back on the BNSF, 6937 heads up a stack train on 8-15-14.

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UP’s Pacific local rolls up Kirkwood Hill on 8-21-14.

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UP 8875 gets an eastbound stack train rolling at Dozier after a meet with a westbound coal train that crossed over a few minutes earlier. 8-25-14

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BNSF 6701 leads the westbound Clovis Q train into Valley Park on 8-26-14.

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BNSF Warbonnet 780 leads an empty oil train into Valley Park on 9-13-14.

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KCS 3920 leads a BNSF Warbonnet on an eastbound in Valley Park on 9-15-4.

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