Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

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Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Arlington » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:52 am

I have seen the same 2 locomotives (SF 3174 and a BNSF) idling [throbbing and the occasional hiss] with about 8 covered hopper cars for the last 36 hours (9pm Mon to 9am Wed) Is this standard practice? This is southbound at I-40 in Shawnee OK Why left running (daytime highs 95deg, nightly lows 75), and why here for so long?
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:32 pm

Believe that's a Shortline using BNSF power near Shawnee,if both units have bad batteries,you don't turn'em off!
It's not easy to "jump start" loco's.
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Arlington » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:34 pm

Makes perfect sense! (bad batteries and shortline consist) Thanks! BTW, they spent more than 36 hrs but less than 48 hrs there.
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:58 pm

Believe that's the former Rock Island Mainline from Memphis that I-40 tends to follow
2 different Shortlines in OK operate on the remains,one east of OKC,the other west of OKC.
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Arlington » Fri Jun 24, 2016 8:15 pm

This was on a single track line running compass North-South at Shawnee and perpendicular to I-40's east-west. The line looks like the ballst is well groomed but the ties look somewhat bleached and tired, so maybe some other short line?
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:15 pm

It was at some point an industrial track ATSF reached via MK&T,still believe this is ex - RI as the route twist and turns along
I-40. The "reach - in" was from Flynn,off the (Amtrak)BNSF OKC Flyer route.

Not sure who got what trackage from the RI when Bankruptcy trustee "sold off" parts of the Memphis-Tucumcari Mainline.
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby Arlington » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:53 pm

Location was just north of I-40 and just south of the square-ish pond visible here:
https://goo.gl/maps/jxamuAFt2Km
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Re: Locos idling for days @ Shawnee OK

Postby John_Perkowski » Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:19 pm

Based on the stated location, and looking at the Oklahoma State Railroad Map, this is a BNSF branchline off a UP line.

The Oklahoma DOT State Railroad Map

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