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BN used a lot of SD9's in local and switching service, keeping them in service long past their typical lifespan.  This pair is switching the BN intermodal facility near 48th Street in Denver on 11/20/1990.

Three of the BN's four SD60MAC test units are on the point of this coal train-- an SPL coal train, that is-- descending the Moffat line west of Denver in July 1994.  Southern Pacific was evaluating the AC traction capabilities of these units.  These were unique locomotives, having wide "safety" cabs with 3 windows across, AC traction motors, and a unique paint scheme.

Below:  Flank view of the leader No. 9500, showing the Siemens graphics.

The BN's fleet of SD60M's were renumbered by BNSF from the 9200 series into the 8100 series, in sequential order-- for which I am grateful. I wish UP were so accommodating at times! Since the economy has been recovering, the SD60M's have come out of storage and can be found all over the BNSF.

SD60M No. 8103 seen at Ruthton, MN on 9/29/2011. Many of BNSF's sidelined units had been coming out of mothballs for service at this time. This unit was built in December 1989 and was originally BN 9203, then BNSF 9203.

Middle and bottom: Close-up views of the unit. The cab still bears the American flag decal, though considerably faded now. The bottom photo shows the renumbering job-- look closely and you can see the overspray from the stencil when the first two digits were changed. But other than the reflective sill striping, renumbering, and BNSF initials, it looks much as it did when new on the BN.

SD60M BNSF 8166 (former BN 9266), at Rincon, NM 0n 10/14/2013. The unit was running second, parked with a short local freight while waiting for crew. This is the shady side...
Broadside of the engineer's side, in better light.
And here's a look from the front end.

Built February 1991.

SD60M No. 8180 (former BN 9280), also at Rincon on 10/14/2013. It was on the point so I was able to get decent shots from all the important angles. Here's the engineer's side 3/4, shadowy but enhanced.
Fireman's side 3/4 view, with good sun!
Broadside from the left. This image is a little larger... Note the ambitious tagging job, up high.
Left rear flank.

Unit was built for BN in February 1991.

Captured at Rincon, NM on 2/24/2013: BNSF SD60M No. 8195. This is the former BN 9295, renumbered circa 2007/8 but still largely as it originally appeared.
Broadside view of the right side. Here we see the addition of the yellow Scotchlite stripes, common on contemporary BNSF locomotives.
3/4 view from the left rear.
The left flank. Look closely and you can see where the first two digits were changed (a painted green square and new white numerals neatly applied-- unlike No. 8103 above).
Left front view. Main changes here are the removal of "BURLINGTON NORTHERN' under the logo, replaced with the BNSF initials. Also look carefully at the white panel- you can see where the flag has been removed and the paint touched-up.
Full left-front 3/4 view.
Nose shot: this was the only angle on this day that had direct light! She still looks pretty good after more than 20 years of service.
SD60M No. 8198, formerly BN 9298, in Springfield, Missouri on 9/03/2013.
Close-up of the front third of the locomotive.
Left side.
Left rear. As usual, you can see the patch job to replace the first two numerals.
SD40-2 No. 8082, leading a southbound freight through Fountain on 2/24/1996.
BNSF SD40-2 No. 1680, originally BN 6807 nee 6347, is in Longmont, CO on 7/30/2011.  It was built in March 1973, or 38 years before this photo.  Think about that for a minute.

Top: BNSF SD40-2 No. 1920, formerly BN 6913 (and before that, BN 6336) , is in Longmont, CO on 7/30/2011.  It has no BN logos remaining on the sides, and just a tiny "BNSF" lettering on the cab.

Bottom: Close-up of the cab. It still has the BN logo on the nose.  It and five other EMD locomotives were being used around Longmont at this time, four in Cascade Green-- a real treat.

SD40-2 No. 1961 switching in the 36th street yard in Denver (12/18/2014).

Originally C&S No. 906, to BN 6354, to BNSF 6388, to BNSF 1961.  Pretty good lifespan; this unit was built in March 1972.

BN (BNSF) SD40-2 No. 7147, on home rails in Denver on 7/29/2007.
SD40-2 No. 7153 was the second unit on a northbound train at the Air Force Academy in September 1995.  It's a typical BN unit-- the line had over eight hundred of these.  Photo is just months after the BNSF merger.  Note the flag.
A BN SD40-2, now owned by FURX, a rail equipment lessor, is fourth on a manifest freight as it cuts out some cars for an industry on the east side of Kingman, AZ (6/12/2004).  Many original BN units survived long after being sold off.  Ironically, this is a BNSF train, leasing an ex-BN locomotive. 
A repeat of the above, only further east.  FURX SD40-2 No. 7219 is the trailing unit on a stack train, just west of the New Mexico-Arizona line.  Nice to see these working front-line trains in 2008.
Two sister SD40-2's, 7831 and 7842 (both now lettered for BNSF), are rolling down through Abo Canyon east of Belen, NM in June 2002.  Just out of the photo to the right is a cabless B30-7 in BN colors.
Nominated as one of my Worst Photos Ever: SD70MAC No. 9540 and four mates lead a northbound coal empty on the Joint Line just north of the Pikes Peak Raceway on Sept. 14, 1995. This is just a couple of months past the merger.

Four-Axle Locomotives

Two views of BNSF GP39V No. 2967.  This unit was originally built in 1965 as Louisville & Nashville's GP35 No. 1103. It later went to the Seaboard, and CSX, and was rebuilt in September 1990 as a GP39V, when it went to the BN.  It still carries its original BN number.

Top:   No. 2967 is seen in Longmont, CO on 7/30/2011, paired with GP50 No. 3147.

Bottom: The following day in the same place, but this time the eastward unit of a quartet (two SD40-2's have been added).  Note the fresh green paint on the cab that covers the BN logo. The sill profile and the two radiator fans mark this unit as something unusual.

GP50 No. 3118 was spotted switching in Winslow, AZ on 10/15/2013, still with its original number, only with BNSF reporting marks. The paint is rather faded by now (compare with sister No. 3120 below, shown 16 years earlier) but it's still earning its keep on the railroad. Built July 1985.
On October 10, 1997, a pair of geeps (GP50 No. 3120, GP40E No. 3552) lead a westbound baretable movement near Abo, NM (on the old AT&SF mainline).  Note the different paint schemes.

No. 3120 built July 1985.  No. 3552 built 12/66, rebuilt as E in 12/89, renumbered 8/98 to BNSF 3027.

BNSF GP50 No. 3147 is working in Longmont, CO on 7/30/2011.  This unit still wears its original BN number, and was originally delivered in September 1985.  The logo and lettering on the long hood is faded but still visible.
SW15 (SW1500) No. 3469, at Seattle on 7/24/2009.  Originally BN 323, built in January 1973.

Freight cars and other equipment

There's still an enormous amount of BN equipment roaming the rails-- some having been sold to leasing companies, and much still on the BNSF roster.  This is rolling history, and I photograph it whenever I can.
Who says cabooses disappeared in the 1980s?  A look at wide-vision hack No. 12517.   BNSF kept this car in Grand Junction to protect the rear on locals, still in BN green & yellow. (November 1991)

Here's another look, from January 4, 2006.  It's coupled onto a string of tank cars, opposite the Amtrak depot (note the "stub" train parked at right).

Tri-level autorack, part of number obscured (on ETTX 810x68), rolling through Las Cruces on 11/12/2011. Sorry about the clutter; I was trapped in traffic. The car is in remarkably good condition, despite the graffiti.
BN tri-level auto rack, riding on ETTX flatcar 905108. It's on a westbound BNSF train near Scholle, NM in July 2002.
BN bi-level auto rack, on TTGX flat 962552.  It's westbound at Belen on 10/30/2009, showing its age a bit (note that the BN logo is nearly rusted off the nameboard).
BN autorack on TTGX 159855, westbound near Gallup on 9/11/2010.  Good to see it still in service 15 years after the merger.
BN autorack on what looks like TTGX 893424, westbound near Gallup on 9/11/2010. This rack no longer carries the owner placard, but I was able to confirm the BN reporting mark on the end panel.
ACF 3-bay covered hopper No. 458483, seen at Rincon, NM on 5/08/2010.
ACF 3-bay covered hopper No. 458500, seen at Rincon, NM on 5/08/2010.
ACF 100-ton 2-bay covered hopper No. 419305, in the yard at Longmont, CO on 7/31/2011. Showing its age but still serving in its original colors.
Covered hopper car No. 461764, parked at the SWRR interchange in Rincon, NM on 8/15/2006.  It's showing the grime from many years of service.
Three BN covered hoppers wait in the interchange yard at Rincon, NM on 2/19/2007.  The car on the right matches the middle one in construction, but matches the left-hand car (# 460922) in lettering scheme.  It was nice to find three green cars still in BN paint together in one place in 2007.
A pair of ACF covered hoppers are spotted at Socorro, NM.  These cars are in perlite service at time of the photo (4/29/2009).  Note the stiffener rib on the longer car on the right.
BN covered hopper 462397, built by Pullman-Standard.  Spotted on an ag spur at Mesilla Park, NM (Las Cruces) on 12/12/2009.
Covered hopper 467198, seen leaving Gallup on 2/21/2011.
Covered hopper 467687, seen in Ruthton, MN on 9/29/2011.
BN had a huge fleet of highway trailers, in various lettering schemes.  One such 45' trailer in a basic scheme was in the Rincon yard on 2/19/2007.  The number placard reads BN0 467.
One of the many...  a 100-ton triple hopper, now wearing CTRN reporting marks, spotted at Rocky, CO on 12/06/2008.
100-ton triple hopper 540747, in Longmont on 7/31/2011.

Here's a close-up of the data stencils.

100-ton triple hopper 541045, in Longmont on 7/31/2011.
100-ton triple hopper 551377, painted oxide red, in Longmont on 7/31/2011.



The main focus of this page is not the BNSF era, although there are still many active BN units (most or all of these have been lettered BNSF by now).  See my pages here, here and here for more BNSF-era shots.



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