BNSF Glendive, MT

badlandnp Sep 6, 2015

  1. Hytec

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    Alan, your explanation is probably correct. Though I was thinking the units you videoed were the rear-end DPUs. I'm assuming the front end may have run into a problem and the train had to be backed to a passing siding (or something) where the problem could be corrected. I assumed this because I didn't see anybody on board as the cabs passed by you and I could see through the windows out the other side. Though it's strange that there was nobody on the "lead" unit controlling the move....:confused:
     
  2. Kurt Moose

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    That's gotta' be tough on the engineers neck, looking backwards for a long period of time over his shoulder!:mad:
     
  3. badlandnp

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    The conductor ducked out of my sight when he saw me getting the camera out! This was the only power on the train, and I am sure the engineer was carping and complaining away!
     
  4. Hytec

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    Don't most road engines have outside mirrors in front of the side windows similar to cars and trucks?
     
  5. badlandnp

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    Yup, they help some, but aren't too big or usually very well kept up, last time I saw one. The crews usually spend time cleaning them. However, wiggly ones may stay 'in service' for way too long. Trying to use a wiggly mirror is tough!
     
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  6. BNSF FAN

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    You probably have a good point there. These things don't look near big enough for being used like that and if you add a wobble, I could just imagine the sea sick feeling you would develop after trying to watch it for a few minutes.
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    Head end leaving town and, PIC_0009.JPG
    the DPU's just coasting along. PIC_0014.JPG
    And the end of an oil can waiting for a crew. PIC_0973.JPG
     
  8. badlandnp

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    So, yesterday evening I got out to do a bit of work, and then saw this gravel train rolling through downtown. So, I raced over to get under the end of the Black Bridge, and actually caught it!

    Then after getting that video, The dogcatch crew was just getting done putting the power on the end of the oil can and this coal empty was waiting for a crew. The haze is due to smoke from the fires out west. PIC_0020.JPG PIC_0022.JPG
     
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    And we still have a lot of coal pulling through town. Yesterday there were 4 piled up at one time! here's a quick vid of the mainline train leaving, while the trains on 2 and 3 track await crews. The coal on 1 track is just out of sight behind the lead unit at the very beginning, also awaiting a crew.

     
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