Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Okay, who notices something a little strange about this particular picture. Something odd about the power on this loaded coal train. The four units on the point? Well, that is a little unusual? More unusual is the fact that there is an SD70M in the consist. That SD70M has DC traction motors...something that you almost never find on coal trains in the 21st century! The SD70M was added in Grand Junction, although for what reason, I'm not sure.
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Posted By Webmaster On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 At 2:22:24 PM (PT)

BNSF only owns SD70MACs (not counting the ACe) while UP only has SD70M. The MACs that BNSF owns have AC traction motors and therefore run on coal trains, as you noted. Since the SD70Ms has DC traction, is it rare to see them on coal trains these days.

Posted By Brandon Schwenk (BNSF) On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 At 2:15:18 PM (PT)

But doesnt BNSF on there coal line run the SD70m alot? Y doesnt UP do the same thing

Posted By Webmaster On Sunday, December 20, 2009 At 2:35:57 AM (PT)

Yeah, that's what I was looking at. Very unusual to see a unit with DC traction on a coal train anymore! Must have had other power problems and they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

Posted By Frank Keller On Saturday, December 19, 2009 At 9:05:06 PM (PT)

I would say what looks like an SD70M as the trailing unit

Posted By On Saturday, December 19, 2009 At 8:08:44 PM (PT)

is it the last emd or more likely the elephant style? should have stopped and said hi today, hi

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Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2:38:54 PM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Denver, CO

Belt Industrial Lead (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
CP DS900 (Broadway)

Train Information
Union Pacific
Unit Number
UP 5980


Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
56 mm
1/320 seconds

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