Bringing up the rear end of a very long gravel draf is this Dakota and Iowa Rail, a short line, unit. It is DAIR SD40-2 #3025. With the four SD units leading the load and this one following you have almost the entire SD class units of the short line. By the way, this train was found on the BNSF main, Marshall Sub, just south of Sioux Center, IA.
Now that’s not just the sound of power, you can feel it also as they pass. Sitting in Merrill, Iowa waiting for these two monsters to pass in front of you, you really can feel all those horses pulling that unit train of grain. That’s BNSF 6066, an ES44AC in the lead with BNSF 9047, a new SD70Ace, following. I took this one just a few days ago in April of 2014.
By shere luck I was traveling just south of Sioux Center, IA on a day in July 2014 when I ran across this gravel drag being lead by Dakota and Iowa Rail, a short line, SD 40-2 #3030. That unit was followed by SD38 #4027, SD 40-2 #3029 amd SD38 #4028. These units by the way were on the main line, Marshall Sub of the BNSF.
As severe thunderstorms roll through downtown Little Rock, a very close lightning strike with extremely loud thunder hits near the 6938 on display at the Jenks Shops. This photo was taken from the back seat of my car using a tripod.