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She was running towards Spokane after some main-line work along the Pasco cutoff.

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 BNSF main follows the former NP route, which ran towards Pasco from Spokane. These pics were along I-90 at Sprague Lake east of Ritzville



-- Edited by Uke on Tuesday 12th of September 2017 11:28:38 PM

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I like the bottom picture the best. Nice location. The BNSF running the worktrains with bigs
on each end. Saw several tied up in Delta Yard over the summer with bigs on each end.
Over the years worktrains usually using Geeps for power but not today as there a better
chance at finding bigs to get a worktrain going.



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The "bigs" as you call them are equipped for DPU operation. The old engines are not equipped with DPU and need a second engineer to operate with an engine on both ends.

It can be done with old engines, you just don't want to get caught doing it.



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First pic was leading east, second was a partial string of empty hoppers, the last was the trailing unit shoving of course. Ballast unit trains gotta be heavy. Coming north on hwy. 395 from Oregon across the Columbia into Washingtown, through Tri-Cities, passed TWO big semis, hauling MOW equipment. (Ballast tamper, and ballast cleaner).

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Have to say I love the "DPU era". In the GPNW seems about 2/3rds of the trains have
them and depending on the "DPU arrangement" you can photograph 2-trains at once...
coming and going if you lie. Always good when the rear DPU unit is facefirst instead of
the rearend of a dash-9 with those huge radiatiors.



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Speaking as a retiree, I am certain that I would HAYT, as a confirmed HAYTER, the DPU era.

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I'm pretty sure if you were watching a train go by and thought "just 2-engines for this 200 car train"
and then there is a surprise at the end with a couple DPU's working very hard with the head-end power.
Better than a caboose I say.

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