• BNSF: Heritage Hopper Cars

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Discussion related to BNSF operations. Official site: BNSF.COM

Moderator: Komachi


From watching the Virtual Railfan webcam at the La Plata,Missouri Amtrak Station (former ATSF)
I took notice this past week of a BNSF covered hopper that was gray with BNSF marks left and a
CB&Q "Burlington Route" herald right - it stood out in a train of maroon BNSF covered hoppers.
This car looked near new and thankfully was not tagged. To me this was an interesting find...

I discovered that BNSF does have a small vintage herald covered hopper car fleet and that they
are being modeled by hobbyists that are interested in BNSF...

I previously was unaware of any program that had freight cars using ancestry heralds or color
schemes on recent equipment and think that this is a neat idea to commemorate the past...
I noticed that these were new in late 2013-four years ago now - new to someone like me that
is from far outside of BNSF territory...

http://www.pbase.com/mrmrl/bnsf_heritage_hoppers" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.corailroads.com/2013/10/bnsf ... ppers.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
(Note suggested vintage color schemes for BNSF locomotives - the Burlington prototype looks neat!)
For the Virtual Railfan website:
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  by John_Perkowski
This morning, the BN heritage hopper was on a grain drag inbound into Murray on the historic Q. it was in the hole west of Parkville.

The logo was peeling off.
Everyone: Four years later...
Recently spotted one of the SP&S heritage hoppers heavily tagged but not obscuring the herald on one side.

The Santa Fe heritage hoppers are going to be the toughest to spot - with the similarities between the first BNSF
round herald - which is still somewhat common - and the ATSF herald on a camera or on video at speed.

Heritage locomotives for the predecessor railroads that make up BNSF would be a good gesture towards rail
enthusiasts and modelers. At least there are BNSF locomotives still in previous color schemes - such as the
now-fading Santa Fe red/silver warbonnet - along with one or more with a group of the ancestor heralds.

The one color scheme that I have noticed that has for the most part disappeared is the Burlington Northern
"Cascade Green" and black with the large numbers on the locomotive body...am I correct?

It is good to see BNSF locomotives in the predecessor liveries while they are still in service...