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  1. Pacific Harbor Line 66

    Pacific Harbor Line 66

    BNSF 4327 North came through Bend with the Pacific Harbor Line 66 as the last locomotive of the head end consist. While this may look like an SD40-2, it is actually an MP20C-3, built from an ex SP SD40.
  2. Real Heritage

    Real Heritage

    The SP 144 is the third unit of five on this Northbound (first two were boring H2 BNSF C44-9W's). SP 144 has survived 14 years without an ugly UP patch, and behind SP 144, BNSF 755 and BNSF 758 still wear the red and silver Warbonnet scheme of the Santa Fe.
  3. SP 144

    SP 144

    I was reading the "other" forums this morning and saw a heads up about this AC4400 heading North on the BNSF Gateway Sub. in Northern California. I heard the lead unit (BNSF 5450) get a warrant from 11Z to North Siding Switch Cascan, and the hunt was on! The BNSF 1000 also came...
  4. Ferromex ES44

    Ferromex ES44

    This Ferromex ES44 was on the train with the heat exchanger / boiler.
  5. Heat Exchanger / Boiler on the Trunk

    Heat Exchanger / Boiler on the Trunk

    I got a call from a friend who lives near the tracks telling me about this load. This is the first time I've seen something like this come through Bend.
  6. TTZX 856810

    TTZX 856810

    After calling Rob (robjacox) about the BNSF SD70ACe coming into town, I headed down to Cascan myself to try and get a photo of it with my new camera. If you saw Rob's photo of the SD70ACe, you'll know what happened to me when they set out the cars. This car a only a test shot to dial in the...
  7. NS 2649

    NS 2649

    Norfolk Southern power comes down the Trunk every now and then, but this is the first time I have seen one of NS's SD70M-2's in Bend. Normally, the NS pool power through Bend is ES40AC's or C40-9W's.
  8. Northbound Baretable in Bend

    Northbound Baretable in Bend

    BNSF SD75M 8227 leads C44-9W 4369 on a baretable train Northbound at Cascan in Bend.
  9. BNSF 8227

    BNSF 8227

    BNSF SD75M 8227 leads a baretable train North on the Main at Cascan, just out of reach of the shadows from nearby buildings.
  10. BNSF 7618

    BNSF 7618

    This ES44DC was leading the Northbound that the 1050 was in. Even though the headlights are on, the train is tied down and I didn't see anyone in the cab. Interesting to see that the 7600's are already fading....
  11. BNSF 1050

    BNSF 1050

    I was driving past Cascan today, and saw this unit sitting on a Northbound that was tied down on the main. The 1050 was delivered with a standard H1 paint job, but somewhere along its life has picked up the H2 lettering on the side of the hood. As far as I know, this is the only C44-9W that...
  12. BNSF 969

    BNSF 969

    It is getting more and more difficult to find an H1 C44-9W on the point of a train these days. With BNSF repainting sister unit 981 into the H3 paint, a locomotive I have seen twice in H3, I can take a guess that BNSF is slowly repainting thier H1 fleet. However, BNSF 1000 also came through...
  13. BNSF 690

    BNSF 690

    BNSF C44-9W 690 is still wearing the red and silver warbonnet colors of the Santa Fe, including the origanial Santa Fe lettering. However, it looks like this unit is a good canadate for a new H3 swoosh paint job now.
  14. Soo 6021

    Soo 6021

    This Soo Line SD60 was the second unit back on a Southbound BNSF manifest though Bend today. I didn't get a full consist shot, but I wish I had. Consist was BNSF C44-9W 4008, Soo SD60 6021, BNSF C44-9W 4009. Photo was taken near the North siding switch at Cascan in Bend.
  15. KCS 4705

    KCS 4705

    The fifth unit on the same train the BC Rail C40-8M was on ended up being this KCS ES44AC. Two interesting locomotives out of five on the train.
  16. BC Rail C40-8M in Cascan

    BC Rail C40-8M in Cascan

    Amzaingly enough, the same train I got a grab shot of in Tehachapi showed up in Bend about an hour or so after I got back in town today. Same train, 700 miles apart, two days later.
  17. UP Meet in Cascan

    UP Meet in Cascan

    UP 8595 leads its Northbound Z train past the DPU of a stopped Southbound manifest. At this time that day, it was raining. However, later that day the rain turned to snow, and by the next morning there was about 10 inches of the white stuff on the ground making access to Cascan impassiable.
  18. 5463's consist, going away

    5463's consist, going away

    Here we see all four locomotives on UP 5463's train from a rock outcropping at the South siding switch at Cascan, OR. The consist includes C45ACCTE 5463, flared SD70M 3890, C44-9W 9783, and SD60 2184. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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