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BN Locomotive Shops

Last week I posted photos of Union Pacific's ancient CP/SP West Oakland Diesel Shops.  Here are photos from a more modern diesel locomotive shop on the Burlington Northern.  The first two photos are from Alliance, Nebraska in 1978. The Alliance shop complex services nearly one-fourth of BN's locomotive fleet. Study the details: there are a wealth of modeling possibilities here.

Notice the drop table on the bottom left to change out wheel sets and traction motors; and the overhead P&H crane on the top right of the photo.The silver tanks (located on the aerial structure above the trains) hold sand for the locomotives' sanding boxes. Sand is used to provide extra traction on slippery rails. The big GE U-Boat locomotive is being fueled with diesel no. 2 at a rate of 600 gallons a minute.A view from the inspection pit.


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