Interesting train 11/15/19 through Rolla, MO

Discussion in 'Rolla-Lebanon Subdivision' started by palallin, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. palallin

    palallin Member

    As I got to the office this AM (ca. 0800), there was a LONG coal unit train clawing its way up Rolla Hill from Newburg. I didn't get to see the head end, but there were three big pumpkins shoving on the rear.

    I don't remember seeing any unit coal drags before. Really heavy: those units were down on their knees at Run 8.
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  2. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    It reached Windsor Springs at Noon, so I left my ham & Swiss on the table to watch. I counted 138 coal cars with UCEX (Ameren) reporting marks. Two locomotives, BNSF 6208& 8449 were on the point. I think the 3-unit DPU was made up of 6305 1018 and 5881. Time stamps on my photos were CDT, but it looks like it took seven minutes to pass.

    Pictures can be seen beginning with:
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2019
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  3. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    Another eastbound coal train just passed through Kirkwood at 4:00 PM CST. Power configuration was similar to the earlier train, 2 on the point and 3 pushers. It had a mix of reporting marks, but most were AECX. The first cars among the 135 in the train had BNSF reporting marks. This one only took about three and a half minutes to go by.
  4. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    That's something I see 4-6 times a day on the former Ash Grove (now Ft. Scott) Sub. Odd that they're routing it up towards St. Louis today though. Normally they go to Springfield and continue SE towards Memphis
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  5. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Generally when they reroute trains, could be a project on the Memphis route.
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  6. tferk

    tferk Member Supporter

    UCEX (Union Electric)/Ameren would not be going to Memphis. More likely these are detours off the northern Burlington route, going to Machens or Rush Island.
  7. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Probably trying to hide them from all the "New Green Deal" folks??
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  8. WindsorSpring

    WindsorSpring Member

    There was menton on the St. Louis Railfans... Facebook page about a derailment in Iowa causing diversion through Kansas City and Springfield. The loaded UCEX trains would indeed go to Rush Island or Portage des Sioux. Either would be a possibility if the Iowa incident blocked access to the ex-CB&Q "K-Line."
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