An A-B-A Geep Set on BNSF’s Peoria Local?

Freight B units?

Friday evening, I caught BNSF Railway train M-PEIGAL (Manifest, Peoria IL to Galesburg IL) leaving East Peoria on May 5, 2017 with A-B-A geep set BNSF 2036, BNSF 334, and BNSF 2129 have 20 cars.

The “B” unit may seem odd. They don’t exist in large numbers anyway. The Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe purhased 23 GP60Bs for 1991 delivery. All have been re-lettered, re-painted and re-numbered by successor Burlington Northern Santa Fe (now simply “BNSF”). One of these, has been rebuilt into a standard cab unit.

I knew this A-B-A set arrived Thursday morning on counterpart M-GALPEI, but figured M-PEIGAL would leave late Friday under darkness. Turns out, I got lucky and the dispatcher gave the train permission to depart just as I drove passed the Tazewell & Peoria Railroad’s East Peoria Yard about 6:00 in the evening.

Note the Caterpillar D10T, blade and two D6T loads. Both Caterpillar and Komatsu are ramping up production due to increased demand, which is good news for the local economy, employment and the railroads.

Scenes are at TZPR’s Illinois River Bridge, Darst Street, the through truss bridge just south of Harmon Highway and at W. Farmington Road where a slow order is due to recent flooding.

– David P. Jordan

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