BSNF demoted to helper

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Renovo PPR, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

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    I couldn't help the title. This one was the helper behind a Norfolk Southern today on the Horse Shoe Curve.

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  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    I see lots of BNSF power on the NS here in Bucyrus.Some times the BNSF unit is the lead unit other times its a trailing unit in a locomotive consist.
    Maybe,just maybe BNSF does mean Buy NS First.:ANYWORD:
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

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    Ah, it's one of the BNSF GEs with an ATSF air conditioner. The other way round is much more common.
  4. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

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    Not bad, though I saw a BNSF train outside of Needles CA yesterday with 7 (yes 7) of 8 units, all NS. One BNSF Dash 9 leading, lol.
  5. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

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    Actually, that's an interesting shot. There seems to be a panel, just behind the cab before the first stanchion, that's still painted with the red warbonnet scheme. I'm assuming it's a replacement panel. What do you think?
  6. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    It's trailing because it is not equipped with cab signals and therefore can't lead a train on that route.
  7. railohio

    railohio Active Member

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    That's the air conditioner and they are frequently swapped around on GE locomotives, regardless of the paint they carry. Norfolk Southern units will have a primer-only AC on a fully painted unit as well as a painted AC on a primer-only body. You can also see lighter orange AC units taken from a faded locomotive and installed on a freshly painted one.
  8. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

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    Thanks. That makes a lot of sense now that you mention it.:thumb: