Sep 6, 2015
I have seen a single DPU on many BNSF trains.
Yesterday mornings blast from the past! The M-train arrived from Laurel with this consist! I worked on both of these MRL units back in the 90's when I worked at LRC in Livingston. I don't remember what exactly on the 262, but I do remember putting the 355 in service. Fun memories!
Wow great story! I bet this brings back good memories!
Yup! It was probably my favorite "job" working for an employer. It was more like playing with trains!! That shop did it all, from changing out wheelsets and traction motors, to rebuilding the engine, to rebuilding the entire locomotive. There was a wheel shop, and a car shop also. And a paint booth, of course.
Sad today to see it unused and vacant. That entire industry took a big hit for a few years there, and the last CEO was not as good as he should have been.
Had this UP EMD unit hanging around in yesterdays snow,
And a LOT of good old BN green hoppers on the eastbound M train that UP was at the head end of. Here's a few,
Also got a LONG video of them switching their train back together,
And a weird sounding GE sat on the head end of this train. It has already been to the service track and is back on it's train. I have been hearing either this particular unit or several different ones making the same sound, like a misfire. It is also stuck, waiting on the ballast train to move back.
Which is the subject of this video, the "Slot Machine" setting ballast off in the yard.
That noise is way too fat for the prime mover's RPMs at idle. I would say air compressor, such as a "spitter" valve stuck open.
The unloading process seen sure seems as though it would be quite a slow procedure.