Along the Rolla-Lebanon Subdivision Today

Discussion in 'Rolla-Lebanon Subdivision' started by WindsorSpring, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    Black locomotives have been operating on the Rolla local for the BNSF for the past week or so. Their stripes are white, not yellow, alas because they are FURX ex-NS GP-38-2 types. Here are 3 pictures. Two were taken by my wife on October 8 and 9, 2018 and I took the other October 16, 2018. One could try to imagine the short hoods are high and the stripes are diagonal and yellow (and that 543 is in its original "ATSF warbonnet" scheme).

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  2. tferk

    tferk Member Supporter

    Where is the Rolla local based out of now? What are it's limits? When I was there in the 90s it was a turn out of Cuba.
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Jeez - Old NS units are running us over!

  4. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    As I understand it, the local runs from Lindenwood to Rolla to deliver loads along the route as well as at Rolla. The locomotives do not seem to turn. It looks like they just run around the train and reverse direction to head back to Lindenwood. Hopefully, the latest crop of rented power will do as well as the others in this service.
  5. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    Flooding on the Mississippi has closed the BNSF K-Line through Hannibal to Keokuk and the River Line to Cape Girardeau .so trains are diverting to the Cuba (Rolla-Lebanon) Sub. There has been quite a variety in the last few days. Unit petroleum trains with CP power occur from time to time. A coal train just went west around 7:50 PM Tuesday (3/26/2019) with six locomotives on the point and two DP pushing. Around Noon Tuesday a westbound unit ethanol train passed through with two lead locomotives and one pushing. The photo shows one of the cars on that train.

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  6. Hi windsorspring,

    New member Jesse Henry, student, lives at mp 164 west of Richland.
    You may like to send him reports about what has been operating along the BnSF.
    He would do the same if he knew you.
  7. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    A westbound train of side dump cars came through early this afternoon. It has been a long time since I have seen such large rocks pass by on the railroad. I wonder where it was headed. The photos show it was "push-pull" with one locomotive on each end.

    0428 1321 WB Rock Train (1) rr.JPG 0428 1321 WB Rock Train (2) rr.JPG 0428 1321 WB Rock Train (3) rr.JPG
  8. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    With that type of train that I've run, the rip-rap was typically used to shore up embankments that are "slipping" account of heavy rains/etc, as well as fill creek erosion's after flooding.

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  9. palallin

    palallin Member

    I happened to drive Old St. James Road between Rolla and St. James this evening; the road parallels the tracks for most of the way, especially along the Dillon siding. They have been working at tie replacement in the area for a while, but today I tripped over a new development. A switch has been cut into the siding about a third of the way east from the west switch. It's trailing points eastbound. Looks like a panel switch was put in place after a quick buildup of the grade for it. The spur is only a few hundred feet long; looks like MoW cars parked on it.
    There's also a nice, new concrete double grade crossing about half way along the siding and a general rehab of the area. A long cut of well cars is tied up on the siding (split in the middle for the grade crossing).
  10. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    0530 1420 WB Local 2019 2929 (1) c.JPG 0530 1420 WB Local 2019 2929 (2) cr.JPG

    It is not exactly "Cavalcade," but BNSF rates some credit for acknowledging the year on the current power for its Cuba Sub Local ("Rolla Rocket").
  11. palallin

    palallin Member


    What's the rack on top of 2929's cab?
  12. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    RCO Remote Control Operated (if activated) and or PTC they have all kinds of antennas atop those things.
  13. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    Aren't there air conditioning units, too?
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  14. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    On some yessir, but not all. Some have RV type AC units on top. You really never know what you gonna see up there.
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  15. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Supporter

    I saw the local eastbound in St. James around 9:00 last Friday morning. I believe I've also seen it eastbound on Wednesday mornings. Does it tie down in Rolla on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Thanks.

    Pat Moreland,
    Wesco, Missouri
  16. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    I believe your impression is correct because I have heard the local goes opposite directions on alternate days. Watching the power move by certainly gives the impression the local goes west one day and returns the next, alternating its direction. There are some afternoons, however, when the train appears headed west for an overnight, but the power returns later in the evening pulling a different consist.
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  17. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Good to see you on here Pat, I been wondering how you have been. Wishing you well, Bill
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  18. Bob

    Bob Member

    Sounds like the time when the the BNSF refurbished the Thayer line Springfield to Memphis.
  19. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Supporter

    Thanks Windsor.

    Pat Moreland,
    Wesco, Missouri
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  20. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Supporter

    Thanks Bill. I've been doing well. Like I told Tom Holley, I enjoy being back in Wesco and close to the Meramec. My son goes fishing practically everyday at the dam. Sometimes his grandpa, age 84, goes with him. Lots of bluegill, bass, and goggle-eye here.

    Pat Moreland,
    Wesco, Missouri

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