On Route 66
7th August 2010
© copyright photograph by Fiona Duff

BNSF locos stabled outside Seligman AZ

During our trip to the western states of the USA in 2010 I would have loved to have spent a few hours lineside photographing the very long freight trains snaking their way across America. However, severe pressure of time, combined with the fact there can be many hours between trains so you really need to have some idea when and where they are running, plus the fact we were not well equipped to survive an extended period outside when temperatures were in the region of 40C, rather ruled this out.

In Arizona the I-40 (and "historic" Route 66) largely follows the former Santa Fe, now Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), transcontinental line between the west coast and Chicago, so we did see quite a few trains from the comfort of an air-conditioned car whilst driving. These were a mixture of expedited double-stack container trains, regular double-stacks and mixed manifests.

Fortunately, before we met her in Los Angeles, my daughter Fiona snapped this view of stabled BNSF locomotives outside Seligman, AZ, from a minibus driving along Route 66. Seligman is a division point on the line.

It is not clear from the photograph at this size so left to right they are: ES44AC #5785, Dash 9-44CWs #4193 and 5101, and ES44C4 6610.

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