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Motive Power - Part 1 (#1-1991)

 

 


BN 6351, an SD40-2, is in the lead as she rolls into Hobson Yard in Lincoln, Nebraska. 4/15/96 - T. Greuter Photo

Lincoln was without a doubt a BN town, a major hub of the railroad's system in the region, as it continues to be for the BNSF today. Here the BN based it's Headquarters of the Nebraska Division, which oversaw traffic in Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Here four major mainlines of the road converged, including BN's main Powder River coal corridor. With the Havelock Shops, the BN's first class car repair facility on the eastern part of town to the sprawling 7-mile long, 1 mile wide Hobson Yard on the western edge, the BN was everywhere.

This small gallery features images of the BN - locomotives, equipment and some inside cab shots. All photos were taken at Lincoln, Nebraska unless otherwise noted.

A Brief History
While its predecessors number more than 330 and date back as early as 1849, Burlington Northern Railroad (BN) was created on March 2, 1970, by the merger of four primary railroads: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. (CB&Q); Northern Pacific Railway Co. (NP); Great Northern Railway Co. (GN); and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Co. (SP&S). It is interesting to note that GN's first president, James J. Hill, attempted to merge GN and NP in 1893, only to have the merger denied by the U.S. government. In 1901, Hill again tried to merge the two railroads, this time with the CB&Q, but was turned down a second time. In fact, these railroads tried to merge four times (1893, 1901, 1927, 1961) before finally receiving ICC approval. Later, in 1980, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Co. (Frisco) was acquired and merged into BN. Each of BN's predecessor railroads played an important role in developing the American west.
(source: BNSF)

 

The BN Galleries:
BN Motive Power - 1 (#1-1991) - BN Motive Power - 2 (#2000-4999)
BN Motive Power - 3 (#5000-6999) - BN Motive Power - 4 (#7000-9999)
BN Freight, Cabooses & MoW Equipment

The BNSF and ATSF also have their own galleries.


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Burlington Northern #1
- 6/29/96; Lincoln, Nebraska - T. Greuter Photo ·



Burlington Northern #1
- 6/29/96; Lincoln, Nebraska - T. Greuter Photo ·

 

BN 1 - the classic F-9 streamliner basks in the rays of a setting sun at Lincoln Station. 6/29/96 - T. Greuter Photo


 

BN 1 - is officially classified as an F9A-2. BN-2, it's B-unit mate, is a F9B-2. 6/29/96 - T. Greuter Photo


 

BN 1 - The engine is often used for highly-visible, high-profile trips such as inspection trains and excursions. 6/29/96 - T. Greuter Photo


BN 1 - an F9 kept in sparkling condition now used for excursion rides poses on Track 2 before Lincoln Station. 6/29/96 - T. Greuter Photo

BN 1 - together with her B-unit BN 2 were originally owned by Northern Pacific, later rebuilt as new in 1990. 6/29/96


BN 574 - the SW 1000 switcher lazily tugs a grimy caboose on a hot summer day. - T. Greuter Photo


BN 576 - look closely and you can make out "BURLINGTON" under the peeling green on the hood. 2/8/97 - T. Greuter Photo

BN 584 - October 1995 - T. Greuter Photo

BN 604 - a modified GP 9 used as a switcher at the Havelock shops in northeastern Lincoln. 6/95 - T. Greuter Photo

BN 604 - The modified GP 9 has had it's entire cab removed then sometime later (judging by the partially covered BURLINGTON NORTHERN lettering) replaced with a boxy shop-built 'half-cab' on it's right side. It now spends it's days switching cars in and around the Havelock Shops yard. 11/22/95 - T. Greuter Photo




BN 1502
- a GP39E?, entering Hobson Yard; Lincoln, Nebraska - T. Greuter Photo ·
BN 1510 - GP28M painted in an Operation Lifesaver scheme, joins a mixture of muscle consisting of a SD40-2, SD7, and a B30-7A cabless unit as they head west of 1st & J Street into Hobson Yard. 2/1/96 - T. Greuter Photo



BN 1991
- an SD60 M, painted to honor 44 BN employees who were called to duty in the 1992 Gulf War. 7/8/95 - T. Greuter Photo



BN 1991
- 7/8/95 - T. Greuter Photo



BN 1991
- closeup of BN's emblem honoring US servicemen involved in the 1991 'Desert Storm' Gulf War; 7/8/95 - T. Greuter Photo



BN 1991
- the patriotic SD60 M is seen here on the Omaha Line. 7/8/95 - T. Greuter Photo




BN 1991
- 7/8/95 - T. Greuter Photo



Continue with
BN Motive Power - Part 2
(#2000-4999)

The BN Galleries:
BN Motive Power - 1 (#1-1991) - BN Motive Power - 2 (#2000-4999)
BN Motive Power - 3 (#5000-6999) - BN Motive Power - 4 (#7000-9999)
BN Freight, Cabooses & MoW Equipment

The BNSF and ATSF also have their own galleries.



BN 2833 - GP 30 at Ashland NE, 8/11/01 - T. Greuter Photo

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Latest update: Thursday, 13 November, 2003



All photos & text 2000-2003 T. Greuter / Screaming Eagles, unless otherwise noted. All Rights Reserved.

Contributing Photographers:
Jay Glenewinkel, Steve Schuman

Recommended Sites:
Grumpy's World - excellent BNSF photos
QStation - BNSF/BN/ATSF resource