Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona - 6, BNSF's Southern Transcon

Hi, Beginning with the fifth day of our trip friend Dale Diacont and focused on BNSF's Southern Transcon, with the exception of the effort we put into obtaining the Escalante Western photos presented in the previous post.

We arrived in Gallup, NM from Kayenta, AZ a little after 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 6 and headed east. When we reached Prewitt, NM we exited the interstate as this was where we hoped to find the Escalante Western arriving at the nearby Plains Escalante Generating Station. As we followed Historic Route 66 east from Prewitt we were surprised to spot this stack train at East Pegs stored on the east leg of the wye leading to the power plant (above and below). Apparently it is not unusual for BNSF to store trains here until they are able to run them.

Having a stationary train allowed for a variety of photos. Here are three (above and two below).

Later in the afternoon the light shifted to the side of the train facing the road.

We caught a westbound at Thoreau, NM and

east of Wingate, NM.

The dramatic cliffs end at Lupton, AZ (above and five below).

Thanks for looking. 

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