Three C&NW movements pass through the junction at Rochelle, IL in the days before UP ownership and the railfan park. The parking area used to be on the north side of the tracks, limiting your photo options and resulting in backlit conditions. But we made do with it somehow...
Railfanning Rochelle, IL (Monday, June 4, 2012)
Location: Rochelle, IL
Date: Monday, June 4, 2012
Train #1: UP KLTG2 01 (00:05)
UP C45ACCTE 7878
UP C45ACCTE 5511
UP SD70M 4322
UP SD70M 4674
Train #2: UP CROPP 02 (03:03)
UP C44ACCTE 5731
UP C44ACCTE 5933
UP C44AC 6009
Train #3: UP CPPRO 01 (04:30)
UP C44AC 6496
UP C60/44AC 7048
UP C44AC 6576
Train #4: UP APDWG 01 (06:05)
UP SD70M 4512
UP C44AC 6576
UP C44ACCTE 5927
Train #5: UP IG4SE 04 (07:33)
UP SD70ACe 8416
UP SD70M 4778
UP SD70ACe 8589 (MOTU)
Train #6: UP MPRDM 04 (12:39)
UP SD90/43MAC 8250
UP SD70M 4588
Train #7: BNSF Z CHCSSE9 04A (14:54)
BNSF ES44DC 7805
BNSF ES44C4 6612
Train #8: UP ZG2LT 04 (16:20)
UP SD70ACe 8492
UP SD70M 4344
UP SD70M 4286
UP SD70M 4008
Train #9: BNSF V LPCTAC1 04A (17:54)
BNSF ES44C4 6893
BNSF ES44DC 7814
Train #10: UP MELNP 04 (19:41)
UP SD70M 4873
UP SD90/43MAC 8185
UP C45ACCTE 7434
Train #11: BNSF Z CHCPTL9 04A (20:40)
BNSF C44-9W 5440
BNSF C44-9W 4529
BNSF C44-9W 4545
BNSF C44-9W 4095
Train #12: BNSF H GFDBRC9 03A (23:09)
BNSF C44-9W 4041
BNSF C44-9W 5111 (DPU)
Train #13: UP MCLPR 04 (25:18)
UP SD70M 3928
Train #14: BNSF H BRCNTW1 04A (26:31)
BNSF C44-9W 4472
BNSF ES44C4 6765
Train #15: UP KLBG2 01 (28:07)
UP C45ACCTE 7618
UP SD70M 4143
UP SD70M 4009
UP SD70M 4011
Train #16: BNSF Z CHCPTL8 04A (29:21)
BNSF C44-9W 4180
BNSF C44-9W 4856
BNSF ES44C4 6912
BNSF ES44DC 7626
Train #17: UP AGBDV 04 (31:07)
UP SD90/43MAC 8006
UP SD70M 4601
UP SD90/43MAC 8150 (DPU)
Train #18: BNSF Z STPCHC8 03A (34:11)
BNSF C44-9W 4940
BNSF C44-9W 731
Train #19: UP MPRCB 04 (35:53)
UP SD90/43MAC 8192
UP SD90/43MAC 8106
Train #20: UP KG1LAC 04 (38:26)
UP C45ACCTE 7910
UP SD70M 4661
UP C45ACCTE 5541 (DPU)
Train #21: BNSF V TACLPC1 01A (40:26)
BNSF C44-9W 1035
BNSF C44-9W 4720
Train #22: UP MNPPR 03 (41:53)
UP C44ACCTE 5608
UP SD70M 3987
UP SD70ACe 8696
BRC Yard Slug 309
BRC SD40-3 308
Train #23: UP QNPEL 03 (46:36)
UP SD70ACe 8428
UP SD90/43MAC 8141
Railroad Swing Bridge Clinton, Iowa
Railroad swing bridge at Mississippi River at Clinton Iowa. This ex
Chicago and NorthWestern Bridge double track bridge sees a lot of traffic,
just before the bridge opened for a barge this day, a pair of Eastbound
trains went across side by side. Nice river front park to watch the
8/11/13 - Railfanning Rochelle, IL
Sunday August 11, 2013 was a great day in Rochelle, IL. I caught 12 trains
in 3 hours, including the the UP1995(CNW) leading an intermodal out of
Global III. Also a BNSF Warbonnet, 2 H1 units, and a patched SP unit were
also seen. Sorry for shakiness as i don't have a tripod. But otherwise a
great day!!! Enjoy!!!
Wisconsin Northern's Cameron Diamond
This is the diamond in Cameron where the old Soo Line and Chicago and
Northwestern used to cross each other as of current the Canadian National
owns it. You can see the Wisconsin Northern Train going across the
Yet MORE Rochelle Action
Three intermodal trains at Rochelle, IL around 1990. If you are a student
of modern railroading, just look at how the face of intermodal traffic has
changed in the 19 years since I took these videos. Many times I would film
the entire train, nowdays I am glad that I did.
Train Simulator 2014 HD EXCLUSIVE: Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 Excursion Over Sherman Hill
PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING:
With UP restoring 4014 into working order, I felt that playing around with
her on a 6 hour excursion around her home base of Sherman Hill (Cheyenne to
Laramie) and back was appropriate. The hope is that one day, we will see
excursions like this in real life. I know this video is long, so here is a
time table of contents so that you can skip to the parts you wish to see:
0:00 - 22:00 - #4014 pulls out of the roundhouse via the turn table and
performs yard shunting to build her 27 car excursion consist at Cheyenne.
22:00 - 38:00 - #4014 Backs out of Cheyenne Yard with her consist onto the
mainline track 1.
38:00 - 48:00 - #4014 pulls her train from the switch junction into
Cheyenne Depot to pick up passengers, where she poses for a few photos
48:00 - 1:34:00 - #4014 departs Cheyenne and beings the battle up Sherman
Hill on the mainline train 1, which has a grade of 1.5%.
1:34:00 - 1:41:00 - #4014 pulls into Granite siding to take a breather, and
allow local railfans to snap more pictures of her.
1:41:00 - 2:07:30 - After a brief stop at Granite siding, #4014 starts her
27 car train from a dead stop on the 1.5% grade, demonstrating her power as
she continues up towards the summit of Sherman Hill.
2:07:30 - 2:33:00 - #4014 finally reaches the summit of Sherman Hill and
begins her high speed (65 mph) decent towards Laramie.
2:33:00 - 3:12:00 - #4014 arrives at Laramie, unloads passengers, and poses
for pictures before proceeding to wye her train for the return run back to
3:12:00 - 3:47:00 - #4014 backs her train into Laramie Depot to pick up her
passengers before departing for the march back up Sherman Hill via track 3
which has a slightly more gentle grade of about 0.8%.
3:47:00 - 3:58:00 - #4014 rejoins the mainline at Hermosa, and continues
over the Summit before splitting from the mainline again past Dale.
3:58:00 - 4:34:00 - #4014 continues downhill on track 3, cruising at 65 mph
until she reaches Speer, where she takes advantage of the water tower for a
4:34:00 - 4:48:00 - After refilling her tender with water, #4014 departs
and continues towards Cheyenne.
4:48:00 - 5:00:00 - Arriving at Cheyenne, #4014 drops off her passengers.
5:00:00 - 5:51:00 - #4014 spends the remaining hour switching her passenger
cars back to their exact original positions (using the balloon track
[5:12:00]) before coming to a rest on the refueling track.
Thanks for watching =) Hope you enjoyed this video (movie).
If you wish to watch the movie where #4014 hauls a 7 hour excursion through
the Cajon Pass in Southern California, proceed here:
Rochelle IL in 1997 : C&NW + BN before the Railroad Park
Back in January 1997, shortly before the railroad park was built, I visited
the busy diamonds at Rochelle, IL. Chicago & Northwestern and Burlington
Northern (BNSF by that time) put on a great show. The video was shot at the
diamonds and two separate crossings on the C&NW & BN east of town.
Rochelle Railroad Park Railfanning 6/29/13
This was my first time ever coming to Rochelle Railroad Park and now its my
favorite railfanning spot. Viewing many freight trains passing through the
junction such as many Union Pacific freights, a little Norfolk Southern
action, and also BNSF freights. There were many railfans there to such as
railfans from the United Kingdom, and some from other states. Plus Dave
Hawley, TrainandHawksfan17, and Railroadfan5383 (he invited me to come),
were also visiting the junction.
Below are the following trains that passes through the junction in order.
4602 (UP) and 4548 (UP) -- Eastbound Auto Train
8544 (UP), 4237 (UP), 8082 (UP) and 8083 (UP) -- Westbound Stack Train
4816 (UP) and 5146 (UP) -- Westbound Auto Train
5935 UP, 6389 (UP Patch, originally SP 337), and 5933 (UP) (RC Unit) --
Westbound Wisconsin Coal Electric Train
6015 (UP), 6717 (UP), and 5665 (UP RC Unit) -- Westbound Wisconsin Coal
8784 (UP), 8850 (NS C40-9), 8353 (NS C40-8W, originally Conrail 6114) --
Westbound Ethanol Train
7383 (BNSF), 4815 (BNSF), 7266 (BNSF), 5585 (BNSF), and 4766 (BNSF)
Westbound Stack Train
4991 (UP), 4031 (UP), 8583 (UP), and 4664 (UP) -- Westbound Stack Train
7253 (UP), 4545 (UP) -- Eastbound Ethanol Train + Shave & a Haircut
5396 (BNSF) and 7820 (BNSF) -- Eastbound Stack Train
7719 (UP) and 8465 (UP) Eastbound Stack Train
Rails Chicago Series #60- Rochelle, IL (5-24-13)
Did my annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Rochelle Railroad Park and
stayed the whole day into the evening. The action was pretty intense up
until 5:30-6pm when the action completely died for about an hour which is
almost unheard of for this place. I tried some night video which I have
never done here. All trains in this video were shot between 11:30am-9pm:
1. NS 8051, 8077 (ES44AC's) & 1040 (SD70ACe) DPU- We start off with one of
the frequent NS oil trains on the BNSF Aurora Sub that come back and forth
from the Bakken region of North Dakota and unfortunately no heritage units
today but we do get a shiny new ACe pushing at the end of this train of
2. UP 8041 (C45ACCTE) & 4754 (SD70M)- Westbound intermodal. Notice the
obese railfan showing off his UP shirt as if the crew is supposed to be
impressed. This guy was getting in the way all day.
3. UP 7368 (AC44CW), 3793 (SD70M) & 2984 (SD40-2)- Another westbound stack
train. I believe the third unit is a recommissioned classic EMD.
4. UP 6017 (AC44CWCTE) & 8344 (SD70ACe)- An eastbound auto rack train is
partially blocked by the previous stack train.
5. UP 5642 (AC44CWCTE), 7323 & 7161 DPU (AC44CW's)- Eastbound unit coal
6. UP 7307 (AC44CW), 6013 (AC44CWCTE) & 4834 (SD70M)- Westbound grain train
7. BNSF 9319 (SD70ACe) & 4772 (C44-9W)- BNSF finally joins the fray with an
8. BNSF 5071 & 4694 (C44-9W's)- Westbound intermodal on the Aurora Sub.
9. BNSF 4736 (C44-9W), NS 9311 (C40-9W), 2749 (SD70M-2) & 9049 (C40-9W)-
More NS power on the Aurora Sub with a BNSF leader.
10. NS 1033 (SD70ACe) & 8092 (ES44AC)- Another empty NS oil train with a
sparkling new M-2 on the point.
11. UP 8507 (SD70ACe), 4991 (SD70M) & 8684 (SD70ACe)- Fatty Foamer is at it
again, getting in the way of the shot of this eastbound intermodal coming
out of Global III.
12. UP 4024, 3905 (SD70M's), 7442 (ES44AC), 4992 (SD70M) & 7451 (ES44AC)-
Now Fatty Foamer is standing right on top of the tracks. I can only imagine
what railraod employees say about guys like this.
13. UP 8799 (SD70ACe), 4582 & 4449 (SD70M's)- A nice new ACe is on the
point of this eastbound sand train.
14. BNSF 6981 (ES44C4), 4909 (C44-9W), 6660 & 7008 (ES44C4's)-
Chicago-bound intermodal on the Aurora Sub.
15. BNSF 6208 (ES44AC) & 4744 (C44-9W)- Another stack train bound for
16. BNSF 5811 & 4913 (C44-9W's)- And now a rack train heads west as the
BNSF matches intensity with the UP.
17. BNSF 4996, 1036 & 4006 & 4775 (all C44-9W's)- Trains were lined up for
miles on the BNSF until the late afternoon when the action completely died.
Seems like they slammed everything out of Chicago during rush hour.
18. UP 4350 & 4920 (SD70M's)- Westbound manifest with racks and other
19. UP 7124 DPU (AC44CW)- Missed the head end power on this coal train
blocked by the previous movement.
20. UP 8366 (SD70ACe) & 7954 (C45ACCTE)- A stack train slowly departs
Global III headed east.
21. UP 4161 (SD70M), 8761 & 8721 (SD70ACe's)- Two new ACes on this
westbound manifest but unfortunately neither was leading.
22. BNSF 6852 & 6755 (ES44C4's)- Eastbound intermodal
23. UP 6628 & 6276 (AC44CW's)- Westbound coal empties with a patched SP
24. BNSF 6988 & 6773 (ES44C4's)- Even more intermodal action on the Aurora
25. UP 8031 (SD90MAC), 4726 & 5212 (SD70M)- A new GEVO is on the point of
this stack train out of Global III.
26. BNSF 7495 (ES44DC), 1045 & 1023 (C44-9W's)- A westbound stack train
heads into the setting sun with two H1 painted units.
27. BNSF 7818 (ES44DC) & 6865 (ES44C4)- Westbound manifest on the Aurora
28. UP 4588, 4761, 4188, 4609 (SD70M's) & 8703 (SD70ACe)- A 5 pack of EMD
power with an oddball ACe trailing leads a fast moving intermodal past the
park towards Chicago.
29. UP 5183 & 4975 (SD70M's)- The sun is setting and my camera is having a
hard time adjusting to this eastbound manifest with John Deere tractors.
30. UP 5734 (AC44CWCTE), 6800 (AC44CW), 4512 (SD70M) & 6006 DPU
(AC44CWCTE)- More eastbound stacker action as the sun is pretty much down
at this point.
31. UP 6629 (AC44CW), ?? & 7219 DPU (AC44CW)- Westbound coal empties with
second unit unidentified.
32. UP 7705 (ES44AC), 4254 (SD70M), 7528 (ES44AC) & ??- Eastbound stack
train with last unit unidentified due to darkness.
33. UP 7995 (C45ACCTE) & 5228 (SD70M)- We end the day with a westbound
I got the night crew down at the freezer building finally; they were
unloading a few new cars for them to get loaded up later the next day. The
rock train was heading up north because they had some track damage because
there was about six inches of rain. Other videos are the local yard crews
during switching operations.