View Full Version : BNSF SD9s Galore

08-30-2005, 09:48 PM
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, another short trip report:

Ike dropped by after work and we flew up to Valley Junkyard to catch The Reverend as he departed northbound on QNLCH 29. The MoPac engine was also coming in to town this afternoon, but we figured it was already past the point to get a good shot, so we ditched that idea and just stuck with the sure thing, which was The Reverend at the throttle of QNLCH 29. We caught him at 19th Street, dodging the beer bottles and other trash at the crossing. He was nice enough throttle it up and cause a lot of smoke when he saw us at the crossing. I stayed on the north side of the crossing while Ike and Keith Belk went to take pictures on the south side. At least somebody had to watch the vehicles parked on the side of the road. This is East St. Louis, afterall.

We then tore off to Hole In The Wall, which is a location where the UP goes through a tunnel in the wall of the TRRA line to St. Louis. The name could just as well describe E. St. Louis as a whole. He slowly went by the crossing because he was stopping at Q Tower. He threw out the requisite water bottle for Julia, which she gets a kick out of.

Since the sunlight was no good, we stopped following Dave (The Reverend), figuring he could use some sleep anyway. We got on the highway and I asked Ike if he wanted to go downtown or Cahokia for a route home. At the last second as I was getting into the Cahokia exit lane, he said "downtown." A good choice that turned out to be. We went north of downtown to check the TRRA northbound signal. Sure enough, it was green, so we waited by the President Casino for a shot. Of course, the sunlight was a bit bad, very subdued from the high clouds from Katrina.

Soon a BNSF train showed up, and it was a nice consist, at least worth staying for. This train looked like a transfer since there were two guys standing on front pointing at different things along the riverfront. The consist was four units, three of which were SD9s. How often does something like that pop up these days?

Now, for the good:

I don't like the lighting, but I can deal with it. It was nice to catch three SD9s on the train if nothing else. Not the best sun angle, either, but what can you do?




The bad and the ugly:

Heck, it's Dave. He's not a bad guy at all, we all love him so, and he's house trained and good with children. But I simply can not justify placing him in the "good" category. Shoot, he'd be insulted if I did. And ugly, well, it is Dave, and he ain't pretty. I guess ugly is subjective, and this just seems the most fitting.

In this picture, I was disappointed, because he looked away to get a water bottle for Julia right as I took the shot. We could have been graced with his happy smile, bright, shiny face, or more likely, a middle finger or the face of a disgruntled postal worker about to go on an explosive rampage.


08-31-2005, 02:00 AM
Great shots, Pat. :)

09-01-2005, 04:19 AM
Nice job, Pat. I couldn't be more proud of you shooting BNSF. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

09-01-2005, 10:54 AM
Nice job, Pat. I couldn't be more proud of you shooting BNSF. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Yes, but that was after I finished shooting some UP.