ATSF (and Burlington Northern) Heritage

A number of railroads are commemorating their heritage through special locomotive paint schemes.  The BNSF, created when the ATSF and Burlington Northern merged in 1996, chose a different method.

BNSF has painted a number of covered hoppers in commemorative schemes.  Unlike the normal boxcar red of most BNSF covered hoppers…

BNSF #   in Brady, Texas    2008.  photo by C. Hunt

BNSF #486489 in Brady, Texas June 20, 2008. –photo by C. Hunt

…these cars are light gray so they really stand out in BNSF consists.

BNSF  485171 Kansas City_MO_John_Rus_2014-09-03_82209

BNSF #485171 in Kansas City, MO September 3, 2014. ©photo by John Rus, courtesy of http://www.railcarphotos.com/ (Opening photo is also a portion of this nice photo by John Rus.)

BNSF 477433 in Fort Worth TX May 8, 2013.  ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy www.rrpicturearchives.net/

BNSF #477433 in Fort Worth TX May 8, 2013. ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/

This car honors the Great Northern.  The GN became part of the BN in 1970.

BNSF 485609 Old Monroe MO May 13 2014 Shane Gillam copyright rrpa

BNSF #485609 in Old Monroe, MO on May 13 2014 ©photo Shane Gillam, courtesy http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/

The Northern Pacific became part of the BN at the same time.

What is also great is that the BNSF has chosen to honor its lesser known heritage roads.

BNSF 486868 in Barr Lake,  CO on Dec 30 2013.  http://www.railpictures.net/

BNSF #486868 in Barr Lake, CO on Dec 30 2013. ©photo by John Shine, courtesy of http://www.railpictures.net/

Though formally part of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy for decades, the Colorado and Southern was absorbed into the BN in 1981.

BNSF 485233 in Fort Worth, TX on Dec 6 2013. Roberto Alaniz rrpa not copy

BNSF #485233 in Fort Worth, TX on Dec 6 2013. ©photo by Roberto Alaniz, courtesy of http://www.railpictures.net

Though long affiliated with the Colorado and Southern Railway, the Fort Worth and Denver, “The Denver Road,” became part of the BN in 1982.

Thankfully, each of these great photographers captured these cars before any tagging (graffiti) occurred.

I hope this effort on the part of railroads to honor their heritage continues!

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