Detoured BNSF Fly Ash Train At KCS’s New Orleans Yard – 17 May 2007

by admin on 2017/05/17

On Thursday 17 May 2007, I made this one picture at Kansas City Southern Railway’s yard in Metairie, Louisiana; this was a detoured fly ash train off of the BNSF Railway, and the reason for the detour was the problem reported four days ago.

This was one of the last times that I photographed these fly ash trains, unit trains of two-bay hopper cars loaded with fly ash going from a coal-fired power-plant in Martin Lake, Texas, to some facility – as I recall, a cinder block producer – in Florida; these trains stopped running sometime in 2008 or 2009.  Previously, they were quite interesting when the trainset used was of a bunch of old two-bay Rock Island cement hopper cars consisting of two cars joined as one, with big “ROCK ISLAND” lettering still visible on the side.

Did anyone get a picture of that old “ROCK ISLAND” trainset?  I’d love to see it.

Five years to the day later, I made a memorable pair of pictures at Chacahoula.

That is all.

Thank you.


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