A great day to drive through Grand Island, NE

Railroadforums.com is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


New Member
On Friday August 23rd, I had to drive through GI on my way back to college. I happened to stumble across some headlights in the distance as I crossed the Nebraska Central on Capital Ave. So I ran to Abbott Rd. and found the Ord job waiting for clearance into Grand Island from UP or waiting to do some switching at what looks like a fuel terminal or something that is near the airport. Next as I crossed over the UP on Shady Bend Rd. I saw a train lead by SD40N 1643, GP38-2 519, and SD40N 1577. I think this was the Columbus turn but I'm not for sure. Just when I thought I had seen it all when I crossed the BNSF on Shady Bend Rd. I happened to catch a glimpse of a pair of geeps sitting near Swift. I wasn't able to get real close and didn't want to take any chances since I had already been starred at like I was a terrorist twice by railroad employees.


  • IMG_20130823_120134.jpg
    315.3 KB · Views: 127
  • IMG_20130823_120147.jpg
    285.5 KB · Views: 129
  • IMG_20130823_121625.jpg
    330.1 KB · Views: 122
  • IMG_20130823_121632.jpg
    350.8 KB · Views: 118


New Member
Here's the other two pictures.


  • IMG_20130823_121637.jpg
    391.2 KB · Views: 117
  • IMG_20130823_122448.jpg
    273.4 KB · Views: 129


Railfanning Meteorologist
Excellent shots! My folks live in Columbus now so maybe I'll catch the job on its trip up to and back from Norfolk. Best of luck to you in school!


Active Member
Nice catch on those UP SD40N locomotives. The only two I have ever seen have been out that way. I always like seeing the NEC too!


New Member
Thank you everybody! I haven't been as active since I've been back at school so it may take me a while to reply but I appreciate the comments.

RailroadForums.com 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 amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - 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.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - 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.

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)