Eastern Division yesterday

Discussion in 'General' started by meteor910, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I just returned from my annual series of meetings with the Chemical Engineering Department at Mo S&T in Rolla. On the way down yesterday morning I paid attention where I could to the former Frisco Eastern Division - it looks pretty darn good! New signals (vs the searchlights the Frisco had) and, in many places, great looking new, fresh ballast.

    I only saw one train - I heard horns as I left the dinner function on-campus last night and drove over to the tracks just past the curve west of the former depot site - a westbound BNSF ballast train came rolling through. Looked to be about 60-75 BNSF ballast hoppers, empty I think. Two shiny BNSF pumpkin units - don't know what they were because they rolled by as I was parking, except that they were big!

    Later last night, we had a big kahuna thunder & lightening storm. Power was off at the hotel and most of the west end of town along I44 for over two hours. Gave me a chance to explore Facebook on my iPhone - that was the only light in the room.

    Long live the Eastern Division of the Frisco Railway!

  2. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member Frisco.org Supporter

    It was an impressive ballast train the night of 4/22/2010. The locomotives looked brand new. I, too, cannot correctly remember what they were. My gut feel says they were SD70ACEs, but do not quote me.

    Windsor"gotta get the motion-sensor camera set up"Spring:)
  3. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    George - What time of the evening did you see it? My sighting was sometime around 9:30p-9:45p last night (4/22/10). Could it have been the same train?

  4. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The ballast train passed by around dinner time (between 18:00 and 19:00) on 4/22/2010, so it certainly was the same one you saw in Rolla. The cars were mostly, but not totally, side-discharge hoppers with solar panels on the sides. Even the center-dump cars had the solar panels.

    Staying on the thread theme, the Friday 4/23/2010 eastbound intermodal lead unit was a guest SD70ACE, KCS 4121. This is not the first time for one of those. I have pictures of KCS 4046 leading June 28, 2008's eastbound intermodal. I got lucky enough to get a shot of it at Fairlawn the next day as it went west.

    In addition, BNSF 737, one of the red and silver warbonnet Dash-9 C44Ws led a west bound train of Balfour-Beatty heavy track maintenance equipment Saturday 4/24/2010 at 3:30 PM. Somebody's doing some work somewhere!
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