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Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Bob Collins, May 17, 2004.

  1. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    We have a BNSF mainline that runs through town here in Rolla, MO. I saw an engine the other day that was doing some local switching and that looked to have seen better days. It was painted BN green and white, but the cab lettering, which looked to have been done with a stencil was FURX. That looked to me like something I might see on a grain hopper or tank car.

    Questions: what do the letters represent and why on an engine switching the main line?



    Boy I sure have had a heck of a time getting back onto the Gauge after it went down. It wouldn't recognize my password and kept trying to give me a new one :cry:
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Howdy neighbor. That loco was sold to First Union Rail. I have seen several ex BN locos wearing that logo here in Aurora. Rail Pictures has 188 pictures of FURX locos . I guess BNSF deemed them surplus and sold them and now are leasing them back. There is a bunch of unused loco in the Springfield yard, but I can't get close enough for Pictures. The security there is real tight since they went to RC switchers. FRED
  3. IAIS 604

    IAIS 604 Member

    The new Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (ICE, ex-IMRL) was renting a good number of ex-BN FURX locos for a while while they got their feet on the ground. Now I'm starting to see more ICE painted locos on the rail.

    I guess rental locos are good business!
  4. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Thanks Fred. I never would have figured it out.

  5. railohio

    railohio Active Member

    CSX is a big user of lease power in the East. They a have units from First Union (FURX), Alstom (GCFX), CIT (CEFX), and Helm (HLCX, HLGX). Supposedly there are some of the LMX B39-8s on the way this summer, too.

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