Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Local Switcher

I went for a drive up the BNSF Phoenix subdivision Monday evening, for something to do. Grand Avenue parallels the tracks for quite some distance. I came to Surprise, AZ and noted the Ennis subdivision crossing Grand Avenue, as well as a large autorack facility with a local switcher!

I pulled off Grand Avenue just after that, and noted a headlight approaching from the northwest at 18:40. I slapped the video camera on the tripod and took some video in the dark. As usual it is blurry. The manifest train had BNSF 746 and two other engines on the head end, and BNSF 7212 pushing on the rear.

I went back to shoot the local switcher from across the highway. The above is the best one I took. Apparently this is a GP7.

"Aeromoe" has an excellent web page on the BNSF Phoenix subdivision with an astonishing amount of detail. I wish I had found this sooner!

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