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Surprise Jackpot by factorone33 Surprise Jackpot by factorone33
On an impromptu trip up the BNSF maintenance yard, which runs under the Branner Trafficway viaduct, I managed to get shots of the largest number of locomotives I've seen at once, much less of the same model.

This group of roughly 25 to 30 B23-7s, a majority of which still retain their ATSF livery, sits on two separate lines inside the yard, dead, waiting for whatever it is they're here for. I'm not gonna guess a new paint job, though most looked very clean.

Another angle can be seen here.



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JacobMski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
This is one lucky find.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that's amazing! Imagine hearing them all running at once! :eyepopping: I REALLY hope those aren't heading to scrap; they're all such cool old locos. Also, do I spy some BN Geeps way back there? :? I'd love to see the Beep if you have any photos of her. They say she's way too big for her Blombergs. :giggle:
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional Photographer
Well, this is the Topeka maintenance shops (of which I have handfuls of shots, so just browse around). There's always ex-BN Geeps and SD units in this place.

And of course, I do have a shot of the Beep, which you can see here. Unfortunately, you can't see the Blombergs from that angle, but I do have a handful of others that I need to upload (bad) that give a great view of the whole thing doing some locomotive switching during the day. Her EMD 567 was chuggin' right along last time I was out there. I'll make it a point to try and catch it again next time I'm out that way (which should be in a couple of weeks).
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very Cool:thumbsup:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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samreevesphoto Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Nice catch. Soon to be power for regionals and shortlines perhaps?
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Either that or fodder for the scrap yards. Every time I go back, I see plenty of old units, but never the same ones (except for the Beep).
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426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Wow, what a find! Excellent shot, thanks for showing it to me. :+fav:
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
It was something I wasn't expecting to see when I went. I'm trying to make it a point to go back more often because I see all kinds of great stuff every time.
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426maxwedgie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Very cool, man.
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Joseph-W-Johns Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Photographer
Hopefully not the torch but I think BNSF will keep them they seem to have respect for older power.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
JACKPOT!
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
You know, when I first saw them, I thought it was the U-boat motherlode, but then I realized I was hallucinating and realized they were a little later than that.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
:#1:
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rhesusmonkey Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007   Digital Artist
ahahah and you know WHY all those trains are chilling in the back instead of working? All thier ID numbers start with 420-something.... hmmmm...!
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
heh Surely not (and don't call me Shirley!). :paranoid:
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Transkohr Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
Holy....shit.

that's alot of power in one spot.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
I know. :ninja:
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's great to see some pictures of BNSF's Topeka maintenance facility. Most locomotive shop pictures feature the NS Juniata shops in Altoona. Thanks for giving us railfans some variety in that capacity. Considering that BNSF and UP have given up on their leased B39-8's, I suppose it's not too surprising that they're dumping the older models as well. Hey Mike Haverty, want some more worn out B23's to supplement your new Southern Belle GEVO's and 70ACE's?
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
SO I took another stop by about two weeks ago, and there only three B23s left, but with different road numbers than the series pictured here. My guess is they've either hit the scrap heap, or they've been rebuilt and put back into service (which I would doubt with BNSF's big orders for new Gevos from EMD and GE both).
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It depends on how the engines behave. If the B23's load fast, yard crews would probably be happy to have them on the lead...
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Well, the trucks most were sitting on are well-known for loading and unloading really well, and being able to handle long cuts of cars...just look at the Beep. It has the exact same trucks on it as those B23s.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know trucks very well. All I know is that the B39's that KCS rented pull really well, but they load as slowly as modern AC traction.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
I don't know trucks extensively either, but the Blombergs that the Beep has look an awful lot like the ones the B23s use, so I wouldn't doubt if they're the same thing...I dunno. Talk to the crews that use 'em. They're the best authority.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
They'll talk your ear off if you're not careful. :)
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factorone33 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
I do that as it is. Nothin' I can't handle.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
heh I love going through this place. Every time I go by, there's something different, and it's usually twice my age, which is a good thing. The Topeka subs for both UP and BNSF both seem to have better railfanning than anywhere else in the state, methinks.
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JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007
i think bnsf retired the dash 7's earlier this year.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
That's what I was thinking, but was secretly hoping wasn't true. These all looked to be in fairly damn good condition. But I guess the shell can be deceiving.
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