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I was going to submit this back with the first start of the series, and apparently I either passed over it, or didn't think it worth of submission at the time. I was mistaken if the latter was the case.

No, I'm not referencing the flash port on top of almost every single SLR made (except for the full-frame ones). But a fast-moving train.

This Z-train double-stack (also seen here) was moving fast down the UP transcon near Topeka, KS. On the point is ES44AC (C45AC-CTE) #7700 and SD70M #4424.

Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
ISO 100 @ 1/400, f/8
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lost-in-the-night Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
Featured here [link]
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sweet, thanks! :#1:
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LucasVN Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Once again, You got a model wrong.

UP 4424 is an SD70M.

Also, UP does not own any SD70MACs.

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Nice shot, and like the ES44AC on the point.

(I refer to the locomotives by the manufacturer's designations, not the designations that the owners give them.)
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
I have kind of a bastardized system for reference really. For some reason, I refer to the AC4400CWs (GE's designation) as any of the following: C44AC-Ws, C44AC-CTEs, C45AC-CTEs (ES44ACs).

As far as the SD70s...yeah I'm backwards. I go with the EMD classification (SD70MAC) when in fact UP calls them just SD70Ms.

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LucasVN Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
The SD70M is simply, the DC version of the SD70MAC.

Sorry is I'm upsetting you, but those are the facts.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Photographer
Hmmmmm, I had a UP shop employee tell me that they were ordered as AC units upon the initial contract, however he may have just been blowing smoke up my ass.

Either way, that's what I was aware of. Not to say that I can't be wrong. ;P
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LucasVN Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I believe he was blowin' smoke!
LOL
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LucasVN Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Also, check the title.

Hotshoe?
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xk1llxy0urselfx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Whats up with the two autoracks in the front? Express shipment for some hot cars?
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Idlers. A good majority of the double-stacks rolling into the KC area yards have them, or something else to act as a buffer.
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xk1llxy0urselfx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Ah thats true. Idler cars are usually put in trains for extra braking power, like on high and wide trains, excess weight etc. Never seen them on a stack train but im sure anythings possable.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
It's a weird thing if you ask me. Stack trains are inherently lighter despite being longer than most freights, and braking is something that's likely harder on the front loads more than anything else. Extra air is always a good thing too.
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xk1llxy0urselfx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
It is weird. esp putting empties at the FRONT of a train. usually you put them in the rear for proper weight distribution. Extra air brakes are always good.
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illinoiscentral6070 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
That looks like the daily KOAMN train coming from Oakland Bay Area to To Marion, Ark.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Shoot, for what it's worth, it probably looks like about 30 other stack trains that come down these tracks each day. ;P
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Every time I see shots like this, I can't help thinking "Damn, trains like this would have clearance issues everywhere if we'd try to stack two containers in one car!" :XD:
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
That's actually a legitimate concern. These trains can't run some routes because of tunnel clearance issues.
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