This one is for Chris, ~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
, 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