BSNF demoted to helper

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Renovo PPR, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Renovo PPR

    Renovo PPR Just a Farmer

    I couldn't help the title. This one was the helper behind a Norfolk Southern today on the Horse Shoe Curve.

  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I see lots of BNSF power on the NS here in Bucyrus.Some times the BNSF unit is the lead unit other times its a trailing unit in a locomotive consist.
    Maybe,just maybe BNSF does mean Buy NS First.:ANYWORD:
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Ah, it's one of the BNSF GEs with an ATSF air conditioner. The other way round is much more common.
  4. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    Not bad, though I saw a BNSF train outside of Needles CA yesterday with 7 (yes 7) of 8 units, all NS. One BNSF Dash 9 leading, lol.
  5. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Actually, that's an interesting shot. There seems to be a panel, just behind the cab before the first stanchion, that's still painted with the red warbonnet scheme. I'm assuming it's a replacement panel. What do you think?
  6. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    It's trailing because it is not equipped with cab signals and therefore can't lead a train on that route.
  7. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    That's the air conditioner and they are frequently swapped around on GE locomotives, regardless of the paint they carry. Norfolk Southern units will have a primer-only AC on a fully painted unit as well as a painted AC on a primer-only body. You can also see lighter orange AC units taken from a faded locomotive and installed on a freshly painted one.
  8. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    Thanks. That makes a lot of sense now that you mention it.:thumb:

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