Spotlight on: ATSF / BNSF / PRLX SD75s
|Guest Writer: Thierry Auzeric (3 April 2018)||Michael Richmond photo at Goodman, Missouri|
|ATSF No.||1st BNSF No.||2nd BNSF No.|
|ATSF SD75M #200-250||BNSF #8200-8250||BNSF #200-250|
|** BNSF 249(1st) & 250(1st) re-#d to "BN" 249 & 250|
|--||BNSF SD75M #8251-8275||BNSF #251-275|
|--||BNSF SD75I #8276-8299||BNSF #276-299|
|--||BNSF SD75I #8300 & 8301||BNSF #249(2nd) & 250(2nd)|
|There has been some mixup betwen these four units, so for clarification:
Dispositions and Other Info
PRLX note: The following locos are leased to:
Unknow status (sighted): 257 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kcstrainman1/26910220149/)
Others : 210,213,224,228,237,240,241,246,247 (probably still stored, or waiting shop time at Mayfield)
See (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lrmyers/36874037004/in/dateposted/) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lrmyers/36914684833/in/dateposted/) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lrmyers/36874038614/in/dateposted/)
(Some of this information is old news, but I wanted to add some precision.)
These poor BNSF SD75's have spent most of their lasts years in and out storage line, being orphaned on the massive BNSF roster and having some of the hightest failure rate of the fleet. Some of them have not rolled a wheel in revenue service for years, stored waiting for heavy work that will likely never come, as they are not prime power to the railroad anymore. So seeing that BNSF has decided to pour some money into their remaining SD75's is nice (some SD60m are also to be overhauled).
I am going to miss the warbonnet and BNSFbonnet of these units, but H4 scheme look's good on them. At least they are to stay in service, on local assignement mostly. It's also nice to see the PRLX units put to good use, finally, and not turnad into razor blade (thanks tiers 4...) Sad also to see long lines of stored SD70macs, but with 800+ units on roster, hope BNSF will put most of them into an enlarged MACe program.
Reference sources Info and photo proofs were picked up here and there, but mostly on trainorders.com, Flickr, CanadianRailwayObservations, Railpictures.net, rrpicturesarchives.net among others... Credit goes to original authors. I just conpilled the data into something mangaeable.
an US railroad scene enthusiast from France...
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