Union Pacific Freight Train

by Lee Santiva May. 11, 2019 138 views
Union Pacific Logo

Union Pacific Logo

Posting some photos for Lyency and the 150 year anniversary. My husband and I were amazed at the length of the freight trains in America. There's nothing like it that I know of in Europe.

Powerful locomotive of the Union Pacific

Powerful locomotive of the Union Pacific

It takes on average six minutes for the freight train to pass the crossing. Chicago is a major transportation hub for rail so we got to see many of these amazingly long trains.

The cars were empty as they passed by and we wondering what is transported in these freight cars? Since the walls are perforated and there is "excess height", I assume some kind of livestock?

Extra tall freight car

Extra tall freight car

All of the cars on this train were all the same, except for the graffiti which was like a rolling art show.

Graffiti on side of freight car

Graffiti on side of freight car

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Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

What an interesting post and yes they are long and six minutes seems like an eternity when you are on your way to work and stopped by the passing train, which happened to me several times in my other life.
Also in my other, other life before teaching,  I used the trains to transport chemicals  for a chemical company I worked with in Chicago...do you know how many times these trains disappeared into thin air, almost never to be found (or almost not found) and then you had to deal with the disgruntled customer  who blamed you for the delay. As you can see your post brought back memories smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

I think I can understand stand how they got „lost“ when we took the commuter trains we passed by the freight train depots. Before there was IOT (Internet of Things) and sensors with GPS information like there is today, I can well imagine that finding one particular car was like a needle in a haystack. That‘s interesting to hear about your work experience.
We‘re back in Germany now, and I realized we don‘t have many rail crosdings of the roads, they have built over/underpasses so we don‘t get stopped by trains.

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Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Out west the trains get very long. On the east coast they can be long but no where near the length of those out west .

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Guess they keep adding on as they go?

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