BNSF 657: Dash 9-44CW, ex-ATSF
CP Rail 9575: AC4400CW
There were covered hopper cars for as far as I could see so I at first assumed it was a unit train. But I could not make sense of who it would run-through with using CP Rail and UP power. Then it occurred to me that I needed to drive down Warren to see if it was a mixed freight train. It was. And as is typical for the racetrack, it was dominated by covered-hopper and tank cars.
I have two theories as to why this train had UP and CP engines. First of all, note that they are old engines. The other railroads are evidently dumping their junk on BNSF to satisfy run-through requirements. So theory one is that the mixed freight was the next freight out of the yard so they used it to get the junk off the system as fast as possible. Theory two is that they did not trust the junk on important unit trains, so they used them on a "move the low priority miscellaneous cars on the weekend" mixed freight. I'm going with the second theory because the Santa Fe is also an old engine.
The first access point was at the head of the old team tracks. The view looking East was decent. But the view looking West had some serious sun issues. I included the uncropped photo to document how badly back lit the angle was.
|Looking east towards the engines|
Walking West across Gilbert Park gives the following close up of the west end of the above picture.
I'm not sold on the sunny side. I find the glare to be a bigger problem than using my hand to block out the sun on the dark side. I took some shots from the other side of the baseball diamond. Note the base runner. If a game is not in progress, taking some shots from about first base might be a good vantage point of trains. The automobile traffic wasn't too bad.
Since I saw a gondola car in the westward view above, I pulled into a side street to get a closeup of two coil cars and a bulkhead flatcar.
The next access point was the east side of the Belmont Station. I'm back on the north side of the tracks. This section has a couple of empty lumber cars.
And then east and west views from the west side of the platform. I had forgotten that the tracks curve to the south when looking towards the west.
And this is a relatively short train because we see the end. And the only refer/boxcar that the train had.