Ferromex on the BNSF

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During my recent trip from Calgary to Great Falls, Montana, I spotted Ferromex 4648 running behind BNSF 4902 at Sweetgrass, Montana. Is this common to find Ferromex power running with BNSF? Thanks. I have attached a couple of images of 4902 and Ferromex 4648.

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Very common on the BNSF in Texas and Louisiana.
Interesting! I guess that wouldn't surprise me down in that area. But up here in the north at the Montana / Alberta border seems to be a bit far from home for this unit. Maybe it's more common than I think as this is my first time railfanning the BNSF in Montana.


Last March I spied one in the middle of the consist of a UP train on BNSF trackage in Portland, Oregon:


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Why is the BNSF short on power? Aren't their hundreds of locomotives still in storage? Has traffic come back that much that there is no power? I mean, I haven't seen lots of SD60Ms or SD40-2s or anything a little older that were mothballed when the economy fell apart, running around now. A few, but not in the numbers I'd expect if BNSF were power hungry.

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I see Ferromex a lot on BNSF and some UP trains, Just yesterday I caught a solid Ferromex consist on a westbound BNSF grain empty, had 2 new SD70ACe's, with an ES44AC in the middle


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Got to see a coal train headed to Roberts Bank last week. A Grinstein SD70MAC was on the point followed by a FXE Gevo. Blew my socks off only because I was literally on the border waiting in line at Blaine. Wished I had the camera ready to get a FXE unit rolling north into Deltaport.....I've seen plenty of Ferromex units here in Seattle, but that was the first time I ever saw one on a unit coal train bound for Canada.


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Here are a couple of captures from today.

Thanks to a Heads-Up from otlocal, I was able to catch the Barstow-Pasco this morning at Moody on the Oregon trunk. Then again later in the afternoon departing Maryhill, WA.


They've shown up on quite a few trains running through Belen, and I've even seen one or two make their way to Albuquerque (which isn't too unusual, as any available six-axle power is used on the Albuquerque-Belen locals, including power from trains terminating at Belen).

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