Power Moves Always Capture Our Attention
27 BNSF locomotives parade by in a power move lashup in Arizona!
In a power move from Barstow, California, to Chicago, Illinois, these locomotives will be sold and/or rehabbed and purchased for short line or overseas use.
A rare catch as a “consist” of 27 locomotives put on quite a display!
Sprinkled in are 23 GP-30’s locomotives and some Cf-7’s locomotives still painted with their familiar blue and yellow paint schemes!
This consist (meaning formation) is using two powered units in front and two DPU‘s (distributed power units) at the rear. All of the rest are DIC‘s (meaning dead in consist or in formation).
All of the locomotive units are weighing in at approximately 400,000 pounds giving the train a total of 5,400 tons of weight!
Some railroad terms:
- Consist- a group or formation of locomotives and/or railcars.
- DIC-dead in consist- deadheading or having no power turned on.
- DIB-delay in block- if you stop or slow to below 10mph, you have to be prepared to stop at the next signal.
Let us know if you have ever seen a grouping of locomotives being transported in a procession such as this! It must be awesome to see!