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Mixed-Up Motors at Missouri City

July 8, 2010

As a consequence of the economic slowdown,  U.S. railroads have thousands of locomotives in storage. Just a few years ago, it was the other way around. Railroads were desperate for motive power. It was the best of times for locomotive leasing companies.

As a result, “rainbow” lash-ups were the norm.

BNSF 105 departs the west end of Missouri City, TX on Nov. 30, 2003

This train took it to the extreme: five motors in five different schemes. Too bad the lead motor was so dirty, but as another railfan once philosophized, “What can you really do?”

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