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Golden light on a Saturday

There’s been a lot going on in my life. I’ve been better at sharing my story on social media as opposed to keeping this website ‘fresh.’

This past Saturday, I managed to get out early and catch some trains at Edgerton City Park.

I got to Edgerton around 8:00 and encountered a west man at around 8:10

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20 minutes later, we had a westbound ‘Z’ train.

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 A graffiti-covered BNSF 7720, one of BNSF’s early ES-series GEs (Photo 66640)
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Although the model label near the front of BNSF 5740 states ‘AC4400CW,’ this locomotive is one of the pre-production ES44AC (Photo 66641)
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The rear two units are a pair of older C44-9W units in BNSF’s first production paint scheme. Note that the number under the cab of 1098 is slightly larger than that of unit 1032. (Photo 66643)
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These may be plain white domestic containers, but I could clearly see the “UPSU” reporting mark indicating that these are containers owned by “Big Brown.” UPS is a major customer of BNSF, and the presence of anything UPS denotes the train as a high priority ‘Z.’ (Photo 66644)
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It took an hour for another train to show up, and it was a monster.

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ES44AC 5859 (Photo 66652)
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ES44C4 6886 (Photo 66653)
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ES44DC 7696 is one of the early ES-series units. Around the time these units were delivered, BNSF adopted a new logo and changed the accent color on its locomotives from green to black. (Photo 66654)
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Behind one of the early ES series engines is one of the later versions – BNSF ES44C4 4295. (Photo 66655)

Another four ES series units are present in the middle of this double-length train. Ahead of the DPUs are Domestic containers, behind are international containers. Effectively, this is coupled together with one crew on the head end.

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ES44C4 7199 (Photo 66660)
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ES44DC 7413 (Photo 66661)
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ES44C4 8099 (Photo 66662)
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ES44C4 7978 (Photo 66663)

It wasn’t a very unique day (there weren’t any foreign units) and it wasn’t the low-light artwork of some of my fellow railfans, but there were trains.

All Pictures were taken December 18, 2021.

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