These coal empties are just beginning the trip on The UP Jeff City Sub to Kansas City.
A Warbonnet and an EMD are at track speed as the pass the signal and dragging equipment detector as they approach a bridge that will carry them over the former Soo Line grade.
BNSF 5987 and six other headend units catch a small hole in the storm clouds as the round a sweeping curve east of Windsor, North Dakota. Note the train also has a DPU unit visible above the 5987.
Now just a memory...
The engineer casts a friendly wave to the boy mezmorized by the passing train. This is one of the few wooden trestles left on BNSF's Brainerd Sub.
A trio of relatively good looking MACs work hard up grade and through the curves to get out of the James River Valley.
A trio of Grinsten green SD70MACs pull up a slight grade and through a sweeping curve on the approach to Windsor siding, which will not offer any resistance this evening.
A trio of fairly clean Grinsten green SD70MACs has no trouble moving this empty coal train at track speed through Berea into the slowly setting sun.
Clean-nosed GE departs Detroit Edison's Midwest Energy Resources dock headed back for another load of PRB coal. MERC is BNSF's largest single coal destination, averaging over four trains per day.
Shiny 9372 leads coal empties west out of the Twin Ports as thunderstorms brew in the distance.
With the Laramie mountains in the background, BNSF 5651 on the point of coal empties just east of Orin, WY.
BNSF 5651 with empties and BNSF 9691 with loads meet just east of Orin, WY.
BNSF 9820 and BNSF 9660 working as a DP units bring up the rear on a set of coal empties at Orin, WY.
BNSF 9820 work as a DP unit brings up the rear on a set of coal empties through Glendo, WY.
Coal empties wait for their crew to show up at Hiawatha Siding on the Valley Sub.