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BNSF ES44C4 8090flagKansas City MO Kansas City

BNSF 8090 assists Amtrak #4, pausing at KC Union Station.

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©  May 25, 2014


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BNSF 8090 assists Amtrak #4, pausing at KC Union Station.



storyThere is a lot going on here in this scene. Amtrak #4, the Southwest Chief, is stopped at Kansas City Union Station with BNSF 8090, a new ES44C4, since one or both Amtrak P42DC units developed problems farther west. The BNSF unit will likely remain leading all the way to Chicago. A UP K-Line stack train heads west on the KCT, having utilized trackage rights on the BNSF Transcon from Illinois. A BNSF track geometry special rests in the background, beneath a former KCS through-truss bridge, moved from another KC location to serve as a new pedestrian bridge from Union Station to the Freight House District on the north side of the KCT tracks. The bridge has signs along the top chord displaying logos of current and former railroads which jointly owned the Kansas City Terminal Railway, and is a great location for railroad enthusiasts to watch trains. Finally, the concrete bridge above the UP and Amtrak power is Main Street, which has just recently been closed, temporarily, to allow construction of Kansas City's new street car line. KC once had many streetcar lines, but all were closed by 1957.
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