A BNSF grain train at Machens headed toward St.Louis. This is the BNSF Hannibal Sub, which has just re-opened after spring floods closed the line at several points along the Mississippi River.
A BNSF coal train passes the West Machens Signal, the former junction with the M-K-T.
The setting sun casts an orange glow on the H-MEMGAL as it pulls out of the siding at Machens, Missouri.
The quiet of the morning is disturbed by this coal train nearing its destination at Portage de Sioux power plant.
This short train will be in St. Louis in an hour. Interesting to note the contrast in locomotives in this consist. The leader is a new tier 4 locomotive and the fourth unit back is a retired Cra... (more)
The early morning calm is disrupted by an loaded coal train making its way along at 30 mph.
An empty coal train passes in front of the Ameren Portage de Sioux power plant near Machens, Missouri.
A hole in the fog lights up an average coal train, except for the SD70MAC leader. At 20 years old, this one is developing some character.
This LORAM rail grinder is cleaning up a few rough spots near Machens, Missouri in the late afternoon sun. They were friendly guys, but at the time I was careful not to get too close, as not to g... (more)
This train is on elevated tracks in the Mississippi river flood plain near Machens, Missouri.
A C44-9W heads into the evening sun at Machens, Missouri. This baretable train is a rarity on the Hannibal sub. The smoke in the background is the Portage de Sioux power plant.
This loaded coal train is slowing for an early morning meet at Machens, Missouri.
H-MEMGAL (Memphis to Galesburg) moves east on the Hannibal Subdivision. This is in the flood plain in the land between the Mississippi River and Missouri River.
First light catch of a west bound coal train in the river bottoms northwest of St. Louis.
I think many of these units are in storage, so I felt pretty lucky catching this rail train powered by a pair of Dash 9s waiting at Machens for the main to clear.