BNSF GEVOs

General Electric introduced its Evolution series (“G.E. Evolution” ⇒ GEVO) of locomotives to comply with the ever-more-stringent EPA emissions standards. The initial models (e.g. ES44DC) were Tier 2 compliant, coming out around 2005. The latest versions, the ET44AC and C4, are Tier 4 compliant.

BNSF has purchased thousands of the emissions-friendly GEVO series, in several different models– both DC and AC traction, and the interesting ES44C4 and ET44C4 versions with only four powered axles in an A-1-A A-1-A arrangement.

For the railfan, there are a few spotting clues, but the most reliable is the model type painted under the cab.  The front half of all types is nearly identical; the main differences are around the left-side inverter cabinets and especially the radiator structures.  One subtle difference on the ET models is their increased length; they are 16″ longer. (But one glance at the radiators should identify them.)

This page has a sampling of roster photos of the various GEVO types that BNSF has owned.

ES44DC

Two views (both sides) of No. 7274 near Perea, NM on 9/11/2010.  It’s third, trailing unit, on a westbound stack/rack train.

Built April 2009.

No. 7277 is stopped at West Gallup, with an eastbound freight, on 9/24/2011.

Built April 2009.

No. 7283 is westbound, west of Gallup on 9/11/2010.

Delivered April 2009.

bnsf7335-r-44dc No. 7335, northbound in Las Cruces on 7/30/2016.

Built May 2009.

No. 7337 is eastbound near Perea, NM on 9/11/2010.  Here it’s actually stopped, waiting for Amtrak train No. 4 to clear.

Built May 2009.

No. 7363 is eastbound near Perea, NM on 9/11/2010.  Same train as No. 7337 above. The ES44’s are becoming dominant on the Transcon.
No. 7390 is eastbound west of Gallup, NM on 9/11/2010.  It’s the rearmost DPU unit on a stack train.

Built January 2010.

No. 7397 is on an eastbound intermodal near Perea, NM on 9/11/2010.  Here it’s actually stopped, waiting for Amtrak train No. 4 to clear.

Built May 2008.

bnsf7469 No. 7469 is leading an eastbound freight at Gallup, NM on 9/11/2010.

Four views of No. 7479 at Rincon, 9/07/2009.

Note the ladder access to the roof from the top of the walkway box on the conductor’s side. There are at least two variations of these units and the ladders are located differently on each.

Built September 2008.

No. 7503 is spotted on the service track at Gallup, NM on 9/11/2010.

Built October 2008.

No. 7573 at Sulphur, CO on 8/09/2007.

This unit was built in June 2007, so it’s less than three months old here.

No. 7581, leaving Belen, NM with a stack train on 5/09/2010.  This is one of the dirtier BNSF units I’ve photographed.

Built June 2007.

bnsf7584 No. 7584, parked in Grand Junction on 4/26/2014.Built June 2007, it’s about 7 years old in this image and shows some road grime.
bnsf7613-l-44dc No. 7613, northbound through Las Cruces on 7/31/2016.

Built October 2005, one of the first series in New Image.

No. 7656 at Sulphur, CO on 8/09/2007.  It was delivered in January 2005, and thus barely missed being painted in the Wedge scheme.  It has ladders on the end of the long hood, on the middle left, and also forward behind the cab. This also is a good look at the modified radiator setup.

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No. 7672.  Top: at Rincon, NM on 7/11//2010.  Built in January 2005, it’s slightly faded, though not as bad as some of these units.

Bottom: at Las Cruces on 7/31/2016, and it’s been repainted into the New Image scheme now.

Here is the builder’s plate.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA No. 7678 at Rincon, NM on 11/04/2007.

Built in February 2005.

bnsf7682 No. 7682 at Denver, 12/18/2014.  In H2 paint.

Built February 2005.

No. 7684 is the trailing unit (of three) on a southbound freight at Longmont on 7/31/2010.  Note the H2 paint scheme.  Built February 2005.  Note that the engineer’s side of these units has no ladders.
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA No. 7797 at Rincon, NM on 5/09//2010.  Built in July 2005, it’s already fading to a salmon hue.

Here is the builder’s plate.

 No. 7825 leads an eastbound stack train into Gallup on 4/22/2012, 11:00 AM. This must have been a very light train, with only two units total for power.

Built in March 2010; this number displaces an SD40-2 on the roster.

No. 7830 leads an eastbound stack/pig train near Perea, NM on 9/11/2010.  Here it’s actually stopped, waiting for Amtrak train No. 4 to clear.  Built in March 2010.
No. 7836, leaving Belen, NM with a stack train on 5/09/2010. Built in March 2010, it’s certainly clean-looking at the 2-month mark.
bnsf7867 No. 7867 leads an eastbound stack train into Gallup, NM on 9/11/2010.  Built May 2010, so it’s nearly brand-new in this photo.
bnsf7893 No. 7893 is the trailing unit (of the head end group) on an eastbound stack train coming into Gallup, NM on 9/11/2010.  Built July 2010 and is only two months old here. It looks like it too!

ES44AC

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA ES44AC No. 6049 leads a northbound coal empty through Longmont on 8/01/2010.  I don’t see many of these in my normal haunts, but they are a numerous class on the BNSF nonetheless.

Built in August 2006.

bnsf6061-l-44ac ES44AC No. 6061 rolls through Las Cruces on 7/31/2016.

Delivered August 2006.

ES44AC No. 6093 on the point of a westbound loaded coal train parked in Springfield, MO on 9/03/2013. It led a pair of SD70MAC’s in the Executive scheme. This image gives us a a good look at the AC cabinets behind the cab.

Delivered August 2006.

ES44AC No. 6120 leads a southbound coal train through Littleton on 7/31/2011.  I apologize for the poor image quality; it was one of those through-the-windshield-in-traffic photos…

Built October 2006.

bnsf6127 ES44AC No. 6127 leads a southbound autorack train through Las Cruces on 4/05/2015.

Built October 2006.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA No. 6209 at Denver, 7/29/2007.

Built February 2007, so it’s about 5 months old in this photo.

ES44C4

bnsf6548 ES44C4 No. 6548 leads an eastbound trackage-rights train at Palisade, Colorado on 4/28/2014.Possibly built circa April 2013 but need confirmation.
ES44C4 No. 6620 trails on a freight rolling eastbound through Springfield, MO on 9/03/2013. The C4 series of AC-traction locomotives is a hi-tech, A1A-A1A design with many enhanced features.  To date BNSF is the only customer. Delivered March 2009.
GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA No. 6688, an ES44C4, westbound out of Gallup on 9/24/2011.

Built early 2011.

BNSF6974 No. 6974, waiting on the SWRR interchange at Rincon, NM.

Here is the builder’s plate.

Built March 2012.

bnsf8016 Resplendent and shiny, ES44C4 No. 8016 is only 3 months old in this perfect roster shot.  In Grand Junction on 4/27/2014.

Here is the builder’s plate.

bnsf8018 ES44C4 No. 8018 is also 3 months old in this photo.  She and sister 8016 were parked on adjacent tracks in Grand Junction on 4/27/2014. This view shows off the opposite side of the model.
bnsf8213 ES44C4 No. 8213 is leading a westbound trackage-rights train at Westwater, Utah on 4/27/2014. Built sometime in early 2014, it’s about as new as it can get in this photo.

(This order displaced the former BN and ATSF SD60Ms and SD75Ms on BNSF’s roster, requiring those units to be renumbered.)

ET44C4

bnsf3793 ET44C4 No. 3793, coming over the continental divide on 4/27/2016. The ET (EPA tier 4-compliant) units are easily distinguished by the sharply-peaked radiators.

Built early April 2016.

bnsf3853 ET44C4 No. 3853, in Gallup on 4/27/2016. Kind of a tight shot; I was too close with my telephoto lens…

Built September 2015.

bnsf3880-2016 ET44C4 No. 3880 is westbound on a doublestack train at the Continental Divide cut near Thoreau, NM on 4/27/2016.
bnsf3889-2017 ET44C4 No. 3889 is the trailing unit on an eastbound doublestack train at the Continental Divide cut near Thoreau, NM on 12/27/2017. (Same place as No. 3880 above.)

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