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The Greatest Generation by factorone33 The Greatest Generation by factorone33
This one is for Chris, :iconclassictrains: ~classictrains.

I also wanted to call it, "The Ultimate Lash-Up", but this one is more fitting.

As you can see, there are literally tons and tons of locomotives sitting dead on these storage tracks. These are the BNSF deadlines, just east of the Topeka Maintenance facilities where the famous Beep used to work, switching around dead, inoperable, or retired locomotives. Up until recently, they've been relatively unused.

I stopped by the other day and checked to see what was there, and was greeted with the sight of countless SD40-2s, GP30s, SD30s, SD38s, GP35us, GP40s, and even a few yard slugs, among other things. Traction that was commonplace on North American rails anywhere from 20 to 40 years ago, hence the title.

I parked the truck in a convenient spot just off the premises and took this panoramic. Despite its breadth and coverage, it does no justice to really show how many locomotives were really parked here. The horsepower had to be in the millions.

Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 20-35 f/3.5-4.5 USM
ISO 400 @ 1/400, f/6.3
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:iconthecaley:
TheCaley Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never seen so many locomotives in my life in one shot 8U
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:iconcharukunova:
CharukuNova Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot to bad its a dead line. =/
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:iconenki-one:
great sight again man.
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:iconsullivan1985:
sullivan1985 Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
If i had a regional railroad, I would give all these engines a home!
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:iconfactorone33:
factorone33 Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yeah, me too. And give them the requisite cabooses to operate with. ;D
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BNSF Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My god, I never knew that there was that many Ex. AT&SF locomotives still on the BNSF system.
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:iconfactorone33:
factorone33 Mar 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'd say a good quarter of BNSF's fleet is made up of ex ATSF/BN units, mostly BN SD40-2s and ATSF GP38-2s/SD40-2S/Dash 8s & 9s/GP30s. They had a huge batch of B23-7s that they retired just last year.
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:iconwolvesone:
they are some butes LONG LIVE THE 70S
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:iconfactorone33:
factorone33 Jul 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Yep...
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