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Storm Coming I by classictrains Storm Coming I by classictrains
Witness the failing economics of the passenger train. The mail contract has gone to trucks and planes... the ancient diesels slog on... and few passengers ride... but the ICC won't let it die.

I forget the train name but here it is tearing up the main alongside the yard in Pueblo pulled by a rare Santa Fe E-unit where I was snapping earlier in the day. June 23, 1968.
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grandmajudie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Good looking train.

8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It might have been either 211 or 212 the Denver connection for the Super/El Cap that came down to La Juanta. I believe ATSF had 3 of these E's that were rebuilt from the E-1's in about 1952. They went the whole system and also worked No. 7 and 8 the Fast Mail as well. Spent time on the Albuquerque-El Paso, El Pasoan and in Texas as well.
classictrains Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I never saw them in the Midwest... and I looked for them.
8legs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Only until a few years ago did I realize they even existed. Well, ATSF spoon-fed us F units so why would we even think there were any, all their ads showed F's. I have a book from the Amon Carter Museum in Forth Worth, Texas and it shows E Unit #84 on the point of the El Pasoan in Albuquerque, N.M. The train would connect with the SP in El Paso and be another way to California. This particular one had a HW Baggage and a LW Baggage plus a Chair Car and what looked suspiciously like a round end Obs. The autos in the photo are 1950's and the El Cap is all Hi-Level so it might be mid 50's. ATSF was redoing the obs. cars because of having to turn them at end points and The El Cap looked brand new.  
dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great shot :)
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic shot with the storm rolling in to add to it!
RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh crap.

How nasty is this storm anyway?
Sampug394 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
In Pueblo you say? That's gotta be one of the strangest consists a Warbonnet unit has ever been stuck onto too... :paranoid:
decophoto32 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Santa Fe sure liked there F's. First E Ive seen though.
classictrains Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
It's the only one I have too.
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The history behind it, and of course the foreboding cloud cover, make this a highly interesting shot! :)
samreevesphoto Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Photographer
Santa Fe had class to the end.

SP's trains were looking a little ragged with the SDP45's taking over.
classictrains Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Well said.
demenshia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Great shot and engine.. I had numerous of this one as a child with my HO trainset back in the 70's along with one done up for the 76 bicentenial.
railroadsloth Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Wow. This is beautiful in every sense of the word! Favorited!
classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Thanks. I know some shots are better than others but I'm trying to cover all the rails and loco types I can.
Schnauf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007   Photographer
Very nice to see
factorone33 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Professional Photographer
Great shot of the fury of the plains.

My hometown lies alongside a BNSF mainline that AmTrak uses for the Southwest Chief, and it makes me wonder what kind of passenger service it used to have back in the days of passenger domination.
JDAWG9806 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
nice old e8
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