BNSF Ballast or Coal Train? on Del Rio Sub

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I was debating to post this pictures but I was just wondering where this westbound trains from and where is it going? This was the 2nd time I have seen it going west. Maybe Eagle Pass "Mexico" the power on it was BNSF EMD SD70ACe, GE ES44 at the head end and GE ES44 - GE 9-44CW DPU all empties open top hoppers? I caught it when I was leaving work today. Anybody have any idea about this train? Please excuse the quality of the shot. The only camera was my 1st gen iPhone:confused:


What is your malfunction?
It's them older steel coal cars, looks like they transformed it to be rotaries, ballast cars have different doors at the bottom.
I don't remember seeing three bay cars like that with a rotary coupler like the those on the Trinity RD4's
> That would have been a revenue unit
> train of taconite from north of Duluth, MN, to the Altos
> Hornos steel mill in Frontera. The train crossed into
> Mexico at Eagle Pass.
> --- On Wed, 1/27/10, walt parsons
> wrote:
> > I saw a BNSF trackage rights train on the SP/UP
> Sunset
> > route westbound approaching Kirby Yd. in San Antonio
> today;
> > a unit ballast train I would assume, as the whole
> train was
> > made up of ballast and what looked like reconditioned
> older
> > coal hoppers, freshly painted, with swoosh logos! My
> > question is, why would BNSF be running ballast trains
> on the
> > UP's rails, and where would they be going??
That would be an iron ore train from The Duluth Superior are to El Passo. Theres one they run down from Galesburg every once in awhile. They had a big discussion about this train on PeoriaRailsyahoo back in October. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.