John L. Mathis

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BNSF 6513 brings an eastbound coal train up the hill west of Dalies, NM on January 3, 2014.

BNSF ES44C4 6513, C44-9W 4512, and ES44DC 7319 are climbing the hill out of the Rio Puerco valley and leaning into the big curve west of Dalies, NM with a load of New Mexican coal on January 3, 2014. Eastbound loaded coal trains are not too common here on the transcon. It's interesting also that BNSF doesn't use its 6 axle ES44AC's on these trains, rather ES44C4's (which have 4 powered AC axles), ES44DC's and C44-9Ws. But ATSF used to use C40-8Ws, and C44-9W's on the York Canyon coal trains in the 1990's over Raton pass.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 - 1/1250 sec - f/6.3 - ISO 200 - M.Zuiko75mm f/1.8 lens (effective 150mm). Processed with Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop CS6.

 

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