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Steam Chaser
It's been a while since I've posted photos on here, so I'm behind. I won't post all of my recent stuff, but feel free to go to my Flickr page to check out photos of NS and Amtrak heritage units, a plane-railfan flight, and BNSF at Essex, MT.

However, I will post one of the best heritage unit chases to date for me. Way back on June 12, 2013, I got word that NS 8025 was leading BNSF crude oil empty UMIXSTN1 59T out of the St. Louis metro area and heading north up to the Beardstown Subdivision and beyond. Around 3, a friend and I arrived at Mitchell, IL, a few minutes before the train departed. The light was just okay at the time, but it would continue to get better as the chase went on. Besides one ruined shot at Litchfield, the chase was flawless, and numerous stops made catching the train easy. Plus, I got to see many other railfans along the way, adding to the fun. Enjoy the shots!

Clouds almost spoiled out first shot of the train at Mitchell. With a fresh BNSF crew on board, NS 8025 pulls away from the Alton and Southern yard and onto UP trackage for the 20 mile trip north to BNSF rails.

Big M at Mitchell by stlgevo51, on Flickr

About 45 minutes later, the train comes into Walshville, IL. The rear of the train is still negotiating the wye off of the Union Pacific.
MGA Powering out of Walshville by stlgevo51, on Flickr

In my favorite shot of the day, NS 8025 and company power away from a stop north of Litchfield. The Beardstown Subdivision is dark territory with manual switches, and as a result trains have to stop often to allow the conductor to throw switches.
MGA Heritage North of Litchfield by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Near Atwater, I drifted into a farmer's field as NS 8025 once again stopped to throw a switch. The train would take the siding here to wait for 2 southbounds.
MGA in Rural Illinois by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Basking in the late evening light, NS 8025 sits in the hole at Atwater for the meets. The 5 or so photographers present jumped on this opportunity to shoot the clean heritage unit in the golden sun.
Monongahela in the Low Light by stlgevo51, on Flickr]

With the southbounds through, NS 8025 throttles out of Atwater with just enough light for a parting shot.
NS 8025 at Last Light by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Thanks for viewing!


Whistle Pig
Beautiful photos. i like the low angles that show off the corn. You wouldn't think a gray paint job would be photogenic, but it looks great. If you're old enough you'll remember Bullwinkle moose say "monongahela" just because it was fun to say. 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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