B L&E I didn't see it at first.

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Renovo PPR, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    Here is a simple photograph of the B L&E a few years back. Just a neat photograph of the red train.


    However look in the background. Like I said with a quick look you don't see it so fast. However was it something from the past doing a little freight duty?

  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Good eyes!
  3. rogerw

    rogerw Active Member

    Ya but if you look even closer the engineer is smoking in the cab. I thought they were not allowed to, ummm. Maybe its just a pen hes holding in his fingers.
  4. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    I'm surprised to see the Missabe units in the middle of that lashup... I didn't think the two roads shared power, even though they were part of Great Lakes Trans.

    Those B&LE F units got sent out on lease back in the '70s and '80s. There's pictures of them on CP freights in Ontario. And I recall in the late '80s that CN leased some B&LE SD9s.... they must have really been hurting for power! :)
  5. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    DM&IR leased out power in the off months throughout its history. There are plenty of instances of them on the Clinchfield, DT&I, and other lines, so why not also on a road under common corporate control?

    B&LE's traffic faded along with the Pittsburgh steel industry in the late 1970s through the 1980s so it's only natural that they'd have surplus power in that period.

  6. CRed

    CRed Member

    I see B&LE units here all the time with DM&IR units,but never in the lead.I also believe they did send engines back and forth between the two roads as Ive seen BL&E engines lettered for the DM&IR.

  7. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    Yes, as Chris posted, the two railroads tradded locos many times to compare maitenence costs, wich were always almost exactly the same. The Dmir revieved BL&E (861 I think) it stayed around long enough that the DMIR painted a pumpkin on it an dubbed it "The Pumpkin" until it recieved DMIR paint. Many DMIR locos were sold the the B&LE including many SD-Ms.​
  8. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Just when was this taken? I know the B&LE had a few Fs into the 90s...
  9. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    DMIR and BLE have swapped/leased/traded engines for decades. In fact the Missabe had one set of BLE F7's on their property so long they repainted them with DMIR heralds in place of the Bessermer ones!! The roads have sent stuff back and forth for decades, at least as far back as the B&LE 2-10-4's that came to the Missabe around 1951.
  10. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Now I recognize the shot. I remember seeing it on another site, with the caption that the F had recently been taken out of service. The photo was taken in early 2000. Or was it just another lookalike scene?
  11. csiguy

    csiguy Member

    nice pics. is anyone on here modeling the b&le?
  12. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    You its even funnier that BLE & DMIR are the same railroad now (along w/ GTW & WC, friggin' CN).
  13. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Nice photo. I didn't even see it the first time I looked. It's amazing at what you will find in a photo.

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