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BNSF_1088
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Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« on: Mar 27th, 2004, 11:02am »
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Here we can talk about anything from getting hired by BNSF to Union issues or just to shoot the wind with each other.

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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #1 on: Mar 27th, 2004, 4:29pm »
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I enjoy the insiders perspective on the doings of BNSF, from running the train to working a switch. Good reading.

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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #2 on: Mar 27th, 2004, 5:19pm »
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Things are kind of quiet here lately on the BNSF only BNSF employee's would know anything that is going on. I think a lot of the new locomotives are on the property. I am still looking for one of the GEVO units 5700 series AC's  through Galesburg. I know they have been through here but I am missing them. outside that I have no clue what is going on.

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Jack_Doran
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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #3 on: Mar 28th, 2004, 11:22am »
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I am on the look out for one so I can get pictures. Shoot even though the 5600 AC's have been through I still have not got shots of them yet. They are so far a few in between. I think BNSF is hiding them from me.

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M19AA
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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #4 on: Apr 3rd, 2004, 12:21am »
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HELP !!!!
When you retire, your calendars and magazines stop showing up.  
What are these GEVO 5700 AC engines. Are they MAC'S with new paint or are they totally new.
Oh yes, the telephone stops ringing also.  


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Wayne
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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #5 on: Apr 3rd, 2004, 8:47pm »
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on Apr 3rd, 2004, 12:21am, M19AA wrote:       (Click here for original message)
HELP !!!!
Oh yes, the telephone stops ringing also.  

M19AA, doesn't matter where  you retire from, the same thing happens.   .  I think the engines are General Electric, new engines,  to make them comply with the new EPA regs.  Hence, I think, the G. EVOlution.  


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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #6 on: Apr 4th, 2004, 9:54am »
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Wayne you are right. They are new from GE they are about the same as a AC4400CW with 12 clylinder engine instead of the 16 that is in the AC4400CW. I think they are listed as AC4400GE for BNSF.

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 3rd, 2004, 6:09am »
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Ok, I'll shoot the wind...
 
I'm seeing a lot of BN green lately here in the Northeast and was wondering about how much of the fleet is still in green? Just curious and a rough guess will do...
 
Thanks!
 
Jim...  


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« Reply #8 on: Jun 3rd, 2004, 6:51pm »
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Thers still a lot of BN green engines left don't know the exsact #

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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #9 on: Jun 16th, 2004, 10:36pm »
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Does anyone know why BNSF has been running engines at the front and back end of trains heading west from downtown MPLS?  It looks like a helper, but I didn't think there were many mountains in the western suburbs.   Just curious.

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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #10 on: Jun 16th, 2004, 11:57pm »
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I've seen them do this mostly on very long trains, like coal or grain hauls.  UP does it too, and sometimes other RR's.  I think it helps reduce stress on the rails in curves by pushing a long, heavy train as well as pulling it.  I'm talking about 90+ car consists here; never seen it on a shorter train.  BNSF does have some places they run helper units, but these are manned and are only with the train for a few miles.
 
BTW, the current issue of Trains Magazine (available at bigger news stands) has a very nice feature on Twin Cities this month.
 
 
Kent in SD


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« Reply #11 on: Jun 17th, 2004, 12:55pm »
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on Jun 16th, 2004, 10:36pm, Silent_X_Boxb wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Does anyone know why BNSF has been running engines at the front and back end of trains heading west from downtown MPLS?  It looks like a helper, but I didn't think there were many mountains in the western suburbs.   Just curious.

We do it because of tonage if you have a DP unit on the rear it helps keep the stress off the Knuckles.


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« Reply #12 on: Jul 8th, 2004, 1:05am »
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I often see 110+ car coal trains on the KCS at Shreveport, LA with either 2 KCS units on the point and 2 BNSF units bringing up the rear or vice versa. Southbound the trains are loaded and northbound they are empty. They're bound for generating plants in south Texas.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 8th, 2004, 9:36am »
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on Jul 8th, 2004, 1:05am, Mark_Foster wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I often see 110+ car coal trains on the KCS at Shreveport, LA with either 2 KCS units on the point and 2 BNSF units bringing up the rear or vice versa. Southbound the trains are loaded and northbound they are empty. They're bound for generating plants in south Texas.

 


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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #14 on: Oct 22nd, 2004, 5:38pm »
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What are the changes of BNSF ordering SD70ACe?
 
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BNSF C44-9W drilling hopper cars on Conrail Shared
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 8:51pm »
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Pavonia Yard, Camden, NJ
Friday October 22
about 125 cars loaded with stone
photographed from NJTransit River LINE light rail car #3514
 
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 9:36pm »
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Re: BNSF C44-9W drilling hopper cars on Conrail
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 10:41pm »
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On Saturday, the same trio (BNSF C44-9W, Oakway SD60, NS GP38-2) that was seen working the stone train in Pavonia Yard on Saturday hauled 50 of them from Camden to Winslow Junction.  They were rearranged so that the BNSF unit would lead on the light return trip, and were photographed arriving in Winslow Junction on the Atlantic City Railroad (subsequently Reading, Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, Conrail) bridge.
 
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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #18 on: Oct 31st, 2004, 8:38pm »
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Can any one tell me what the BNSF signal man exam is like?

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M19AA
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Re: Talk about anything to do with BNSF
 
« Reply #19 on: Nov 5th, 2004, 12:43am »
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I think there are many classes to take and I believe you are required to take a test after each one. If Im not mistaken, they span a few years also.
I am sure someone will correct me if I am way off base.
The classes are in Kansas City, Overland Park . Its some sort of college. Ive been there for advanced training, but don't remember the name of the place. Real nice facility.
Bill


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