Saturday, November 14, 2009

Heartland Rails - USA

Kansas City Southern Railway - EMD FP9 - Elgin, Illinois, October 01, 2009 - Officials from KCS & CP tour the IC&E, seen here in Metra territory headed east at track speed. The VIP's will detrain at Bensenville and presumably take the Gulfstream home.

Iowa, Chicago & Eastern - EMD SD40-2 - Richwood, Wisconsin, October 07, 2009 - An ICE-powered train heads east nearing Watertown.

Amtrak - GE P42DC - Astico, Wisconsin, November 07, 2009 - The Empire Builder has 148 miles left in her trip cross country, running today right on time.

Canadian Pacific Railway - GE ES44AC - Maple Springs, Minnesota, October 11, 2009 - The 198 will run ahead of the steam special, making good time around the curves. It is the hottest train on this subdivision, and today's train is better than 7,000 ft. Of course, try convincing the fans waiting trackside on this day that SP 4449 wasn't the hottest train.

Southern Pacific Railroad - Steam 4-8-4 - CP River sub - Maple Springs, Minnesota, October 11, 2009 - Got glint?

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Major Pepperidge said...

In that last photo, the Southern Pacific train has an Amtrak train right behind it; is it being pushed by it?? Seems weird, but that's what it looks like!

Ray Peacock said...

It is along to supply power to the passenger cars. In the old days, pre-1980, passenger trains were steam heated. Even after steam engines were off the property in the early '50s, diesel engines had steam generators to supply the train with heat up until 1980-ish when electrical power replaced the antiquated system, hence the Amtrak engine is supplying "HEP" power (Head End Power), to the train to keep the lights on and HVAC system running.

And, since the steam train pictured was actually run as an "Amtrak" train, i.e. under their insurance blanket, the host railroad Canadian Pacific allowed the special train. the price you gotta pay for a real-live steam engine on a mainline railroad in the 21st century! Talk about red-tape!

Rest assured, the steam engine is pulling the train unassisted, with no problem. The poor Amtrak engine is just turning a generator to light up the cars and "ruin" the shot in the eyes of the purists. :)