Question for a Union Pacific Afficionado...

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Agatheron, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    Being a Canadian, most of the trains I end up seeing are either Canadian Pacific, or Canadian National... the latter being the main line that runs near my house. I've seen the occasional Norfolk Southern locomotives on the line, but a few days ago, I saw a Union Pacific locomotive (SD70, I think) in a consist with a Canadian National (SD60F). The road number on this Union Pacific was either 5006 or 5008... Can anybody shed any light on this odd lash-up?
  2. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    The UP SD70M's in the 5000 series are fairly new. IIRC, they are less than a year old.

  3. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    This one has seen some industrial use then. It wasn't all that clean when I saw it. Granted, we've had some sloppy weather here, and so for it to be covered in dirt is not so surprising.

    It was the second unit in the consist, with the CN loco in the lead... they were pulling autoracks... I couldn't tell if they were full or not... so I wasn't sure if they were coming from some a nearby auto plant, or if they were heading to one... there's a few around here...
  4. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    Uhhh.... How's that qualify as an odd consist?
  5. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    I don't know enough about the inter-company relationships and how much of CN is owned by Union Pacific or vice versa... I had never seen a UP locomotive up this way before. I've seen Norfolk Southern, Southern Pacific, GT(duh) running on the CN lines, but never UP and never in a lash-up with another CN locomotive...

    According to my trackside guide, UP locos do come into Canada on "run through" service... it didn't indicate being paired with CN locos...
  6. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    It was probably "pool power." Most of the large railroads participate in a power pool. When they are busy and power short they borrow excess power from other railroads in the pool. The catch is that when you borrow power from the pool then you owe power to the pool at a later date. U.P. was probably paying back "owed" power. I've seen a bunch of N&S "prancing horses" on the U.P. here as well as some CSX here in So Cal. lately.
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    We were camped by a rail line (GTW) south of Detroit this fall and I saw some odd lashups. One was GTW paired with some other road (forget which) and the next was BNSF and UP.
  8. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    Thanks for the help everyone... 'splains a lot :)

    60103: Happy Birthday...

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