While waiting for the NM Railrunner, I saw several trains at the Belen Railyard.
There was a freight train that moved through in the few short minutes I was there. I missed one of the locomotives, but the others were BNSF 7381
and BNSF 6699
However, several switching engines had to move out of the way of the freight train, and that whole process was pretty cool. First, I got to watch them remotely activate the switch (I tried desperately to get video of this switch operation, but I couldn’t quite catch it in the act), and then they moved the two switching engines.
The switching engines themselves were fascinating. I had seen Canadian National (CN) locomotives before, and one of the switching engines was CN 6021.
What I had not seen before was Iowa, Chicago and Eastern (ICE). Shown here is ICE 6416.
Thanks to the internet, ICE was formed in 2002 and merged with in 2008, though it was able to turn a profit during that time (1). It’s funny to think about a railway forming in 2002, and even stranger still to realize that it was profitable. It sounds like a well-run show.
(1) Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Unofficial Page, http://www.illinirail.com/icerail/, Accessed March 14, 2014.