I have been going through old pictures and slowly putting them on this site. About a year ago, we met my brother’s family in Belen for a morning of watching trains at the train yard. It was a dreary day, but it marked the only one where we could all get together.
One neat train was sitting in the yard with railroad switches, ties, rail, and crossover sections of track. You can see the railroad ties sticking up from a section of crossover track in these rail cars.
There were many tank cars on this day as well. I found new respect for tank cars after taking a railroad fire safety course a few years back (I will post photos from it some day soon). These were full of corn syrup, I believe.
More high-contrast graffiti on these cars. I always wonder where the graffiti comes from and where it has been. It is an artform, though I don’t condone vandalism.
BNSF 7351, BNSF 5075, BNSF 7641, and UP 4832 are creeping by on the nearest track. My nephew was almost two years old when we visited the train yard, so the engineers all sounded the horn for him. He had a great time!
As a metallurgist by trade, I always find steel related stuff of interest. These cars were carrying shredded metal, either hauling them to a foundry or to a port to be shipped to an overseas foundry. It’s fun to see the rusted pieces of broken things and think of what they were- and what they will become.
There was also a car with coiled strip steel. You could think of the previous picture as “before” and this picture as “after.”
I don’t think I have seen this type of car before, so I have no idea what is in them. It says “autolock” but it seems inefficient to ship automobiles this way instead of in the larger auto transport cars.
Going through these pictures reminds me that it has been a while since I went and watched trains. I may have to do that again soon.