Other notes are about the yard. These notes railfan some older paint schemes, including cabooses and an intermodal train at a closed crossing east of here.
When I was driving north on Santa Fe Drive, I noticed a BN locomotive approaching. So I pulled into a parking lot to get some pictures.
It was moving slowly across the road.
|(Facebooked, Facebooked again with the hopper photo below)|
When I learned about the GM Yard, I realized I was watching a cut of cars being drilled back at the yard.
By the way, not only is the BN livery old; the BNSF locomotive had the first livery design, H1.
On my way to the MWRD pumping station to take a tour of the McCook Reservoir, I went up to that crossing to get a photo with better sunlight.
Dennis DeBruler The H1 livery has worn well. Or did they repaint using the old livery?
|James C Bradley posted|
BNSF 1407 (H3 SD60M) slowly shoves M-GALCHI into Hodgkins yard with a BNSF H1 GP60B and BNSF H3 SD75I trailing as they come off the BNSF Chillicothe Sub. Taken: 6-24-18
BNSF keeps at least two BN painted locomotives at GM Yard because I spotted another one parked in the yard. That is I-295 at the top of the picture.
I took this photo to record that they also had an H1 pair. Matthew had to go on the east side of I-294 to get his photos. But I have not figured out a legal way to do that. I was looking for one this day because BNSF does store interesting locos and cabooses at the (timecard) west end of this yard. I've seen them when driving on I-294. But I haven't been willing to do the "broken car technique" to get photos from up there.
999758 above was badly tagged. I wonder where they store 784 because it is clean. This was taken from the Union Depot platform in Joliet.
|Michael Riha posted|
July 11, 2018
|Nick Hart posted|
The golden hour. L CHI105 (GM Yard - Galesburg) shoves down the GM Yard Lead to the main in Hodgkins, IL. Once it's done with its shove move, it would be off to Joliet where they would spend a number of hours switching the yard.
A classic, Cascade green SD40-2 is in charge on this nice evening, followed by a Cascade green GP50, an H1 GP38-2 and a pair of former NS (now working for FURX) GP38-2's. A number of the FURX Geeps are currently leased to BNSF.
October 21st, 2018
Dennis DeBruler Thanks for the description of the operations as well as the locomotives.
|Nick Hart posted|
The GM Yard (Hodgkins, IL) to Galesburg local has gone through some changes in the past year. Originally, it would run as the L CHI102 Tuesday-Friday, with an M CHIGAL crew handling the train Saturday-Monday. The 102 symbol was then abolished and changed to CHIGAL on each day. In the past few months, L CHI105 became the new symbol on Tuesday-Friday, with it being CHIGAL Saturday-Monday. Little confusing, but I think I have it down pretty well.
Today's version of the L CHI105 heads west under Interstate 55 in Hodgkins. The lash-up consists of one of each flavor. Leading the way is GP39-2 2846 in Santa Fe Bluebonnet paint. Trailing is GP38-2 2295 in Heritage 1 paint and SD40-2 1958 in BN Cascade green paint. The train is running wrong main on 2, to run around a Z train working at Willow Springs Yard.
After being overcast all day, the sun made a filtered appearance as the train made its way west.
October 30th, 2018
|Zaky Joseph commented on Nick's posting|
Dennis DeBruler Zaky Joseph BNSF is letting that bridge look rather rusty. Jerry Jackson caught it several times back when it was looking pretty good. https://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/.../lemont-santefe...
|Thomas Famianski posted|
The 90s called, they want their lashups back.
A classic scene straight outta the 90s! L-CHI105 slowly rolls west with BNSF GP39-2 #2846 in Bluebonnet paint leading a BNSF H1 Geep, and a BN painted SD40-2, making for quite the colorful and vintage lashup!
Steve Kraus Hmm. I think it must have been on TO where an employee said they have no four-axles left outside of yard power.
Switching Silbrico.Andrew Shafer This is YHOD203, it switches Silbrico just about every afternoon
A job that usually runs at night took us by surprise. HLCX 3891, a GP38-2, is paired with Santa Fe Bluebonnet 2787 on the Silbrico job. This industry is right outside BNSF's GM Yard, making shipment easy and fast for this industry.
I haven’t worked there in almost a year but daily you have
101 - First Shift Willow Ramp
103 - Builds the Galesburg local and cleans the yard up.
201 - Second Shift Willow Ramp
202 - Goes to Lemont to switch Citgo and a few other industries
203 - Hodgkins Industry Job
301 - Third Shift Willow Ramp
302- Argon Branch Job
303 - BRC transfer, but they were changing that up last year with the elimination of the Locals in favor of the MCHIGAL/galchi, now that the local is back im not sure what they are doing
[There are more comments that talk about the operation of the locals.]
Thomas' vantage point is public access. In fact, I discovered it is a nice railfan spot after I toured the McCook Reservoir and caught a w/b intermodal. Now that I know it sees the locals from the GM Yard, I may go there with a good book and do some regular railfanning.