BNSF's Longmont Switch has just crossed over US-287 in Broomfield and is backing down the Lafayette branch. This local used to run at night, but has been running in the daylight for nearly a year. While I had caught it a few times in the Summer, this is the first time I've seen it on the branch in Winter!
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Posted By Mike On Friday, February 1, 2013 At 11:54:24 PM (PT)
I frequently drive US 287 to and from work in Louisville. I too have only seen this train work during the day; usually in the afternoons between 2-4pm.
Most of the time it's an older green and white BN engine and not a new-looking orange BNSF like this one.
Although one day I missed the train passing over the grade crossing at US 287 and as it headed southwest, I could have sworn the lead engine was a full size warbonnet as we see on the main lines pulling full length trains. Tough to tell when there are hills blocking the view from 287, the setting sun, and trying to drive a car at 55mph!
Given the amount of traffic on this line, BNSF should probably consider putting up a regular crossing signal at US 287 and the crossings at NW Parkway instead of using the traffic signals.