Posts Tagged ‘Union Pacific motive power’

A UP Kind of Day

September 10, 2021

This past Wednesday was a Union Pacific kind of day. It began with catching a former Union Pacific 10-6 sleeping car on the rear of Amtrak’s westbound Lake Shore Limited in Chesterton, Indiana.

The car, now owned by Webb Rail, was built in June 1950 by Budd. In its current reiteration, it read “Pullman” in the letterboard and “Pacific Union” in the car name space.

A few hours later I had ventured further east to Otis, Indiana, where I caught Norfolk Southern train 39E coming around a curve with a pair of UP motors.

The train originates in Elkhart and goes to the UP at Proviso Yard in Chicago.

It Just Might Be My Photo of the Year

July 20, 2021

Over the years I’ve seen excellent photos at this location on Erie Street in Willoughby. It appears in one of the Morning Sun books featuring the photography of the late Dave McKay. I’m sure he had several shots at this spot.

I’m pretty sure others have had good luck here as did Roger Durfee. I’m hoping this entree will allow me entry into the club of great photos. My entree is of the Denver & Rio Grande Western heritage unit of Union Pacific on Norfolk Southern eastbound intermodal train 206 on Monday at 11:22 a.m.

Article and Photograph by Edward Ribinskas

Some D&RGW Came to Me

July 17, 2021

I had planned a visit to Colorado last summer that would have been to Denver & Rio Grande Western territory. That got scrubbed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I still felt uneasy this year about making that trip.

Then on Tuesday the D&RGW heritage unit of Union Pacific passed through Painesville on the point of Norfolk Southern train 206.

Here is my catch passing over the Grand River at 11:45 a.m.

The same locomotive came back west Friday morning on the point of NS 205. A week earlier, the UP’s Missouri Pacific heritage unit led NS trains 22K and 23K through Northeast Ohio.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Uncle Pete on CSX Two for Tuesday

July 6, 2021

This week’s two for Tuesday features a Union Pacific visitor on the CSX New Castle Subdivision in Clinton. Here are two photos of AC45CCTE No. 5473 with train E808 eastbound on May 18, 2021. No. 5473 was built in May 2005 as an ES44AC.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

More Than a Stack Train

March 17, 2021

Norfolk Southern train 200 originates in Danville, Kentucky, and is goes to the Global 2 facility on the Union Pacific in Chicago.

At first glance it might appear to be a stack train. But in an era of precision scheduled railroading you might find intermodal trains carrying a variety of freight. Behind the containers was a long string of mixed freight.

The westbound train is shown running parallel to Indiana Avenue in New Castle, Indiana, on the New Castle District.

Unusual Visitor to Brewster

September 23, 2020

Union Pacific C30-7 No.2460 sits in Brewster at the locomotive service facility on March 12, 1981. This was an unusual sighting because because UP units were rarely seen in Brewster.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

UP Has 24 Active ‘Heritage’ Locomotives

February 15, 2020

Trains magazine reported this week that Union Pacific still has 24 active locomotives that continue to sport the predecessor railroad liveries.

UP has about 8,000 locomotives and most of them wear Armour yellow and gray paint.

Among the heritage units still working for UP in their original colors are four former Chicago & North Western units, 12 former Southern Pacific units, and eight former St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) units.

Ex-C&NW units include C44-9W Nos. 9696, 9741, 9771, and AC4400CW No. 6706.

Ex-SP units include, GP40-2 No. 1413; GP60s Nos. 1015, 1053, 1066, 1124; and AC4400CW Nos. 6236, 6290, 6310, 6318, 6367, 6378, 6379.

Ex-Cotton Belt units include GP60s Nos. 1004, 1005, 1011, 1055, 1068, 1076, 1089, 1158.

No, It’s Not on the UP

December 8, 2019

It might appear to be a Union Pacific train, but it is actually a Conrail train approaching Massillon, Ohio,  in the middle 1990s. Today the Fort Wayne Line in this location is single track and operated by Norfolk Southern.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Man Was it Cold That Day

October 8, 2018

It’s late afternoon in the middle of January. Snow covers the ground and temperatures are well below freezing.

Peter Bowler and myself had gone looking for winter photographs along the Lake Erie shore.

We were in Conneaut where we spotted a young railfan standing next to a crossing by the former New York Central depot, which is now a museum.

Maybe he knew about something was coming. He did. It was a westbound CSX manifest freight with a Union Pacific unit in the lead.

We parked and walked over to the crossing. A headlight was already visible in the distance.

In January the sun is pretty low in the sky, particularly late in the day. The nice thing about that is the warm light it provides. The problem, though, is that the low sun angle means that trees, buildings and other objects will cast shadows.

Not only that, but it will exaggerate the proportions of those shadows. Note how in the sequence above our shadows might us appear to be taller than retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.

In the heat of summer it can be easy to forget the cold of winter. But it won’t be too long before we’ll be reminded of that again.

Always a Thrill To See

September 10, 2018

Union Pacific locomotives are far from being a rare sight on trains in Northeast Ohio even though the western carrier does not have any track in Ohio.

But with railroads freely using each other’s motive power, seeing Uncle Pete’s units on CSX or Norfolk Southern is quite common.

It may not be an everyday occurrence, but it is common. Still, I’m pleased when a UP unit is leading a train on either railroad because chances are most the trains I see that day with have the same old, same old owner’s motive power.

The top image has a UP unit leading a pair of CSX locomotives on an eastbound auto rack train.

The bottom photo has a pair of Uncle Petes as the sole source of motive power on a westbound CSX manifest and auto rack train.

Both images were made from the Bort Road bridge near North East, Pennsylvania.