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Zach Pumphery's Collection
 
9/24/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Zach Pumphery
Dates:2/1/2012 - 2/29/2012
Album Info:Trains throughout Missouri, Kansas, UP, KCT, BNSF, KCS, NS, CP/DME/ICE, MNA, Amtrak, SOO 2016 - Ex-MILW GP40, Rock Island E-Units on the Move, SD60M on a ballast train, and more!
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CP Yard Job Train
Title:  CP Yard Job Train
Description:  The SOO Bandit is still in town and is paired with an ICE Geep on a yard job at Knoche-Joint Agency Yard.
Photo Date:  2/4/2012  Upload Date: 2/12/2012 11:21:27 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  SOO 2016(GP40) ICE 4206(GP40-2)
Views:  210   Comments: 0
Ex-MKT Covered Hopper Cars
Title:  Ex-MKT Covered Hopper Cars
Description:  A pair of Ex-Katy 2-Bays at KCS Knoche Yard. If you look closely, you will see a 3rd one in between these two in the background. Score.
Photo Date:  2/4/2012  Upload Date: 2/12/2012 11:21:31 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  208   Comments: 3
Westbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Westbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  Crossng the intersectin of Hickory and Union on the UP KC Metro Sub. is UP Train QNLNP 03 with a GE heading a pair of SD90s.
Photo Date:  2/4/2012  Upload Date: 2/12/2012 11:21:20 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 5899(AC44CWCTE) UP 8154(SD9043MAC) UP 8167(SD9043MAC)
Views:  144   Comments: 1
GWWR 1504 - EMD SW1500
Title:  GWWR 1504 - EMD SW1500
Description:  The last Gateway Western Locomotive on the KCS Roster sits at the diesel shop at KCS Knoche Yard. I never really figured the last surviving GWWR unit would be this one with predecessor CMNW reporting marks bleeding through and still wearing mostly original paint from its P&LE days.
Photo Date:  2/9/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 7:35:37 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  GWWR 1504(SW1500)
Views:  150   Comments: 2
Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  An Ex-SOO, now CEFX SD60 leads UP Train MTUKC 09 down the UP Kansas Sub. at 166th Street, just east of Linwood.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:34 PM
Location:  Linwood, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CEFX 6016(SD60) UP 4213(SD70M)
Views:  147   Comments: 1
BNSF Argentine Yard
Title:  BNSF Argentine Yard
Description:  Lots of color congregates in this spot on most days, and today was not an exception, as evidenced here.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:40 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 1739(SD40-2) BNSF 8022(SD40-2) BNSF 4619(C44-9W) BNSF 2848(GP39-2) BNSF 2964(GP39V) BNSF 1898(SD40-2) KCS 4619(AC44CW) KCS 4110(SD70ACe) KCS 4108(SD70ACe)
Views:  428   Comments: 1
SOO 2016 - EMD GP40
Title:  SOO 2016 - EMD GP40
Description:  I finally got a shot of the bandit in daylight. Now to get her moving. Maybe tomorrow's the day.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:47 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  SOO 2016(GP40)
Views:  178   Comments: 3
Westbound BNSF Yard Job Train
Title:  Westbound BNSF Yard Job Train
Description:  The BNSF's KCS Flyer heads back from KCS Knoche Yard through Santa Fe Jct. near the east end of BNSF Argentine Yard.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:51 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 2777(GP39-2) BNSF 1768(SD40-2)
Views:  156   Comments: 1
Westbound NS Intermodal Train
Title:  Westbound NS Intermodal Train
Description:  The RoadRailer drops down off the KCT Argentine Connection Flyover onto BNSF Trackage for the rest of its trip to Saginaw, TX.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:57 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  NS 9650(C40-9W) NS 8413(C40-8W)
Views:  131   Comments: 1
Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Title:  Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Description:  KCT Transfer is almost back home, passing Adams Street Tower in their Mill Street Yard after running a transfer over to BNSF Argentine Yard, on the other side of the Kaw River from the KCT Yard.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:03:02 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  WAMX 3855(GP35R) WAMX 3852(GP35R)
Views:  130   Comments: 4
Shadowing
Title:  Shadowing
Description:  UP Train CNAIM9 10 casts a shadow on buildings in KCK. Caitlin saw this first, so she made sure I didn't forget to mention that.
Photo Date:  2/11/2012  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 9:02:29 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  62   Comments: 0
Northbound KCS Empty Grain Train
Title:  Northbound KCS Empty Grain Train
Description:  Sitting on the KCT Bluff Line is a pair of Belle GEVOs out of the most recent order on their way to Council Bluffs, IA via the BNSF.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:19:50 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  KCS 4772(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  193   Comments: 0
Westbound UP Yard Job Train
Title:  Westbound UP Yard Job Train
Description:  UP Neff Yard to BNSF Murray Yard Transfer UP Train YKC75 12 comes through Ustick Tower in NKC with a pair of SD60s.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:19:56 AM
Location:  North Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 2222(SD60) UP 2162(SD60)
Views:  160   Comments: 1
CP Yard Job Train
Title:  CP Yard Job Train
Description:  Switching in KCS Knoche-Joint Agency Yard is the SOO Bandit GP40 still wearing its MILW paint, paired with an ICE GP40-2.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:19:59 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  SOO 2016(GP40) ICE 4206(GP40-2)
Views:  172   Comments: 2
CP Yard Job Train
Title:  CP Yard Job Train
Description:  Switching in KCS Knoche-Joint Agency Yard is the SOO Bandit GP40 still wearing its MILW paint, paired with an ICE GP40-2.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:03 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  SOO 2016(GP40) ICE 4206(GP40-2)
Views:  197   Comments: 4
KCS Knoche Yard
Title:  KCS Knoche Yard
Description:  Power from the CP and KCS sitting at the roundhouse in Knoche Yard.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:09 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CITX 3056(SD40-2) KCS 7002(SD50) KCS 7020(SD50) KCS 2919(GP40-2LW)
Views:  251   Comments: 2
KCS Roundhouse
Title:  KCS Roundhouse
Description:  What's left of the once sprawling KCS Roundhouse at Knoche Yard. The turntable was only recently removed.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:14 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  163   Comments: 0
MILW 2159 - RPO Car
Title:  MILW 2159 - RPO Car
Description:  Former Milwaukee Railway Post Office. It was moved to KC temporarily numbered as KCS 106.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:19 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  588   Comments: 0
BNSF Locomotives
Title:  BNSF Locomotives
Description:  Pair of BNSF units at KCS Knoche Yard. The 8022 is one of the few remaining SD40-2s still numbered in the 8000 series.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:24 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 8022(SD40-2) BNSF 1739(SD40-2)
Views:  185   Comments: 1
KCS Yard Job Train
Title:  KCS Yard Job Train
Description:  A GP38-2 with a Leslie RS-5T horn switches at the west end of KCS Knoche Yard.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:30 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  KCS 2010(GP38-2)
Views:  141   Comments: 0
FEIX 100 - Covered Hopper Car
Title:  FEIX 100 - Covered Hopper Car
Description:  Really interestingly painted Farmers Elevator Inc. hopper. This was in the consist of a northbound KCS manifest.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:34 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  155   Comments: 0
Southbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Southbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  An EMD duo leads UP Train MCPFW 11 through Air Line and Southwest Jct.
Photo Date:  2/12/2012  Upload Date: 2/14/2012 7:20:38 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 8663(SD70ACe) UP 4932(SD70M)
Views:  157   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  On the night of the 12th Kansas City got its first measurable snow of the winter. After two snows that each added up to less than an inch, we received our 4th latest first snow, ever, and by the time the power off UP Train QNPINP 14 gets interchanged to the CSX in East St. Louis in the morning, it will all be melted. For now the train heads east at Bonner Springs past the melting powder.
Photo Date:  2/14/2012  Upload Date: 2/21/2012 5:10:46 PM
Location:  Shawnee, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 7402(AC45CCTE) UP 8037(SD9043MAC) UP 7869(AC45CCTE)
Views:  110   Comments: 0
BNSF Local Train at Lenexa, KS
Title:  BNSF Local Train at Lenexa, KS
Description:  The Lenexa Switcher is tied down in its spot here along the BNSF Ft. Scott Sub., with the power blocked in by its assigned cabooses, or shoving platforms by today's vernacular.
Photo Date:  2/14/2012  Upload Date: 2/21/2012 5:10:40 PM
Location:  Lenexa, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 3150(GP50)
Views:  173   Comments: 0
UP Business Cars
Title:  UP Business Cars
Description:  UP Business Cars "Cheyenne" and "Council Bluffs sit just outside Mid-America Car & Locomotive after having some work done on them.
Photo Date:  2/18/2012  Upload Date: 2/21/2012 5:28:43 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Views:  178   Comments: 0
KCS Yard Job Train
Title:  KCS Yard Job Train
Description:  A single KCS SW1500 works hard while switching out Cargill.
Photo Date:  2/18/2012  Upload Date: 2/21/2012 5:28:51 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  KCS 4361(SW1500)
Views:  138   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Description:  An EMD Trio takes UP Train KLBG4 16 over the KCT High Line at sunset.
Photo Date:  2/18/2012  Upload Date: 2/21/2012 5:28:34 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 8605(SD70ACe) UP 5211(SD70M) UP 4165(SD70M)
Views:  151   Comments: 0
Rock Island E-Units
Title:  Rock Island E-Units
Description:  A pair of Rock Island E-Units rest at KCS Knoche Yard after running up here as a light engine move BNSF O OTTKCM1 21A, behind a Dash-9 out of Ottawa, KS, and their former home on the Midland Railway, an operating museum based in Baldwin City, KS. They're finally on their way to new beginnings in Iowa on the IANR. The Es are CRIP 652 and CRIP 630, the GE was BNSF 4847.
Photo Date:  2/21/2012  Upload Date: 2/22/2012 3:38:12 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CRIP 652(E8A) CRIP 630(E6A) BNSF 4847(C44-9W)
Views:  282   Comments: 2
From Es to ACes
Title:  From Es to ACes
Description:  A Rock Island E-Unit shares the diesel shop at KCS Knoche Yard with newer power from the same builder. This old girl is finally on its way to new beginnings in Iowa on the IANR.
Photo Date:  2/22/2012  Upload Date: 2/23/2012 9:34:07 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CRIP 652(E8A) KCS 4126(SD70ACe)
Views:  107   Comments: 0
KCS 4356 - EMD SW1500
Title:  KCS 4356 - EMD SW1500
Description:  A single switcher comes towards the west end of KCS Knoche Yard before throwing a switch and disappearing back down the lead.
Photo Date:  2/22/2012  Upload Date: 2/23/2012 9:34:12 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  KCS 4356(SW1500) KCS 4126(SD70ACe)
Views:  109   Comments: 0
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Description:  A coal load climbs the hill out of Kansas City as it heads south on the BNSF Ft. Scott Sub. at CP Bravo.
Photo Date:  2/22/2012  Upload Date: 2/23/2012 9:34:23 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 6141(ES44AC) BNSF 6296(ES44AC)
Views:  105   Comments: 0
Clear Signal
Title:  Clear Signal
Description:  A coal load climbs the hill out of Kansas City as it heads south on the BNSF Ft. Scott Sub. and is about to knock down the clear at CP Bravo.
Photo Date:  2/22/2012  Upload Date: 2/23/2012 9:59:19 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 6141(ES44AC) BNSF 6296(ES44AC)
Views:  72   Comments: 1
Southbound UP Unit Train
Title:  Southbound UP Unit Train
Description:  A loaded unit ethanol move UP Train UEUMDP 22 gets moving at CP 215 on the BNSF Ft. Scott Sub.
Photo Date:  2/23/2012  Upload Date: 2/23/2012 10:03:39 PM
Location:  Olathe, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 5951(AC44CWCTE) UP 7044(AC44CW) UP 6536(AC44CW)
Views:  122   Comments: 1
Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Description:  A GEVO out of the most recent order leads UP Train ZSEMN 22 through ASB Jct. on Main Track 3 of the KC Metro Sub.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:52:48 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 7495(AC45CCTE) UP 4583(SD70M) UP 3958(SD70M)
Views:  166   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Description:  A newer GEVO brings UP Train ZSEMN 22 through KCT Troost and Lydia Avenue.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:52:53 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 7495(AC45CCTE) UP 4583(SD70M) UP 3958(SD70M)
Views:  120   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Intermodal Train
Description:  Continuing down Main Track 3 is UP Train ZSEMN 22 at Shelley Avenue.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:52:59 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 7495(AC45CCTE) UP 4583(SD70M) UP 3958(SD70M)
Views:  143   Comments: 0
KCS 2916 - EMD GP40-2LW
Title:  KCS 2916 - EMD GP40-2LW
Description:  Ex-CN Geep sits at Knoche. I always thought these looked cool with the nose stripes, but I wish they still had the osculating headlights on the nose. I only got to see one that way.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:53:04 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  KCS 2916(GP40-2LW)
Views:  134   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Loaded Coal Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Loaded Coal Train
Description:  Headed over the KCT High Line is UP Train CCDWB9 23 about to swing down onto the BNSF Ft. Scott Sub.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:53:10 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 7258(AC44CW) UP 5574(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  154   Comments: 0
Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Title:  Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Description:  A pair of the bananas bring a transfer back to KCT Mill Street Yard from KCS Knoche Yard at Adams Street Interlocking.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:53:15 AM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 3855(GP35R)
Views:  92   Comments: 0
Westbound UP Work Train
Title:  Westbound UP Work Train
Description:  Looking like an early 90's coal bucket, UP Train WGHSFZ 23 comes under the signal bridge at Muncie on the UP Kansas Sub. with a triclops SD60M and a pair of Dash-9s on a Gads Hill, MO to Stratford, TX ballast load.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:53:22 AM
Location:  Muncie, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 2386(SD60M) UP 9719(C44-9W) UP 9666(C44-9W)
Views:  164   Comments: 0
Westbound UP Work Train
Title:  Westbound UP Work Train
Description:  Coming around a curve east of Bonner is UP Train WGHSFZ 23 on the UP Kansas Sub. with a Gads Hill, MO to Stratford, TX ballast train.
Photo Date:  2/25/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 7:52:43 AM
Location:  Bonner Springs, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 2386(SD60M) UP 9719(C44-9W) UP 9666(C44-9W)
Views:  134   Comments: 0
Rock Island E-Units
Title:  Rock Island E-Units
Description:  The Rock E-Units have now been moved over to Mid-America Car & Locomotive from KCS Knoche Yard. MAC will work them over before sending them onto the IANR.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 8:59:36 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CRIP 630(E6A) CRIP 652(E8A)
Views:  466   Comments: 0
Rock Island E-Units
Title:  Rock Island E-Units
Description:  The Rock E-Units have now been moved over to Mid-America Car & Locomotive from KCS Knoche Yard. MAC will work them over before sending them onto the IANR.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 8:59:40 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CRIP 652(E8A) CRIP 630(E6A)
Views:  450   Comments: 4
Rock Island
Title:  Rock Island
Description:  Timeless logo on the nose door. This thing has seen a lot of miles--and bugs.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 8:59:48 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  CRIP 652(E8A)
Views:  120   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  One of the Olympic Torch Relay units leads UP Train MNPKC 26 through the KC West Bottoms at St. Louis Avenue on the UP KC Metro Sub.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 8:59:55 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 2001(SD70M)
Views:  88   Comments: 0
Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Title:  Eastbound UP Manifest Train
Description:  With one the Winter Olympic Torch Relay SD70Ms on the point, UP Train MNPKC 26 eases down Main Track 4 just outside UP Neff Yard, where this train will terminate.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:03 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  UP 2001(SD70M) UP 4289(SD70M)
Views:  101   Comments: 0
Southbound BNSF Special Unit Train
Title:  Southbound BNSF Special Unit Train
Description:  Headed across the Hannibal Bridge into The Gooseneck is a BNSF move of crude oil.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:09 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  BNSF 5780(ES44AC) BNSF 6188(ES44AC)
Views:  93   Comments: 1
Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Title:  Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Description:  The Banana GP35s head through Old Union Depot Interlocking on their way from KCS Knoche Yard to KCT Mill Street Yard.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:20 PM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 3855(GP35R)
Views:  118   Comments: 1
Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Title:  Westbound KCT Transfer Train
Description:  The Bananas pass Adams Street Tower on their way from KCS Knoche Yard to KCT Mill Street Yard.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:28 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
Author:  Zach Pumphery
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Locomotives:  WAMX 3852(GP35R) WAMX 3855(GP35R)
Views:  103   Comments: 3
KCT/CP Head on Collision
Title:  KCT/CP Head on Collision
Description:  This afternoon a relatively minor head on collision took place on the KCT Low Line between UP Armourdale Yard and Adams Street Interlocking just north of Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, KS.

A DME/CP transfer from Joint Agency Yard to UP Armourdale yarded its consist of autoracks at the UP. The power consist was a pair of SD40-2s, NREX 7349 and NREX 5581, both facing west (elephant style). The rear engine, the 5581, was cut away and ran long hood forward east to Adams Street, where it was turned, and then began to head back west to the other unit, again running long hood forward to UP Armourdale Yard where it was to be coupled back into the 7349, and return Joint Agency Yard back to back engine light.

This is where something went awry. About this time a KCT transfer with WAMX 1507, a SW1500, and 15-20 cars began to pull out of UP Armourdale east on the way to KCT Mill Street Yard. This move was on the southern of the 2 running tracks out of the yard. This was also the track that the light engine was on. This track is OMT other than main track GCOR 6.28 territory with a 10 MPH speed limit. About 30 feet north of Kansas Avenue these two movements collided head on in a sharp, blind curve, derailing the rear truck of the NREX SD40-2, and what appeared to be both trucks of the KCT SW1500, and possibly the first car of the transfer. The impact did damage to the pilots of both engines, and bent both drawbars downward. The weather conditions were sunny, clear, temperatures right around 60 degrees, and occurred around 15:30 on 2-26-12.

Kansas City, Kansas Police were called to the scene. By 17:00 R.J. Corman Derailment Services were on the scene unloading the sidebooms. A UP remote yard job was brought over to rear of the transfer and uncoupled all but the head 2 cars, and dragged them back into Armourdale Yard around 5:30.

I hate to speculate on a matter such as this, but there are several things that could have went wrong here, whether it be a crew running a signal onto the running track (or signal problem), a crew not asking permission to make their move, or there was a miscommunication such as a crew not taking the proper assigned routing. Regardless, this is still 6.28 territory which requires you to travel at a speed able to stop within half the range of vision, which is fairly limited in that particular curve, and in a perfect world would have prevented this.

At least one crew member from the CP light engine move was taken to the hospital with either broken and/or bruised ribs. The CP conductor was said to have less than a year of service, and the engineer is said to have been promoted 2 months ago.

This is an unfortunate event, and the railroads involved are obviously doing their investigations (Watco/KCT/Kaw River Railroad, DME/CP, and UP mangers were on the scene as well, since it partially occurred on their track, right at the maintenance limit sign with the KCT).

I posted this as a reminder to be safe, and to check, and recheck your instructions before you make a move. Having spent a fair share of my days in the cab of a locomotive I know first hand how easily this could happen if you have even a momentary lapse in attention or judgement at the wrong time. Be careful out there guys.

Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 9:00:36 PM
Location:  Kansas City, KS
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