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The BN Expediter – April 2023

April 2023 – Volume 31 Number 2

The April 2023 issue (36 pages) contains:

  • The FOBNR Freight Car(s)
    The HO scale FBNX car visited Ted and Penny Smith’s Freelanced SP/Soo layout while the N scale FBNX car visited the Elmhurst (Illinois) Model Railroad Club’s layout. The articles include photos and descriptions of their visits to several locations on their layouts.
  • An Early Christmas Present, by Nathan Simmons
    A BNSF engineer’s lucky assignment to take out rotary snow plow 972559 from Alliance, Nebraska to plow out a stretch of track on the Angora Sub near Dalton, Nebraska. Includes both day and night photos of the rotary in action.
  • BNSF Rotary 972559, by Peter Gertsch
    The history and a detailed description of the current state of the rotary stationed in Alliance, Nebraska. Includes photos of the unit on the Northern Pacific prior to the merger, photos of it in BN mineral red paint and being overhauled at BN’s West Burlington shops, and up-close photos of it in its current BNSF paint scheme.
  • Don Maze: Oral History, Part 2 – Assistant Terminal Superintendent to Retirement
    An interview with Don about moving up through the ranks to division general manager in Seattle and his subsequent retirement from BNSF in 2003.
  • Over the Top – BNSF GP28M 1523 and BNSF GP39M 2815
    Views of the roof detail on the two BNSF locomotives.
  • Making Tracks, A Photo Essay, by Benjamin Hucker and Ewan Shortess
    Close-up photos, with descriptions, of the various components of an automated track laying machine (TLM) at Cassoday, Kansas, where a stretch of second main line was being installed. The machine is designed to slowly crawl along the roadbed, lay down ties, and attach ribbon rail all in one continuous process.

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Dave Poplawski, Editor
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