Awesome find! The only merger i'm really kinda not a fan of was Soo Line/CP Rail in my area of Wisconsin. CP Rail was apparently quick to start changing how they operate CTC signal and such. Maybe it's just me.. but i prefer when the signals are always on Green until the train comes thru. Around my town the signals in the Yards pretty much are off until the train gets about a mile out or so from the block.
UP Seemed to be out to mostly buy up the american lines with "Pacific" or a Direction (ie. "northern") in the name. But I donno.. i preferr American railroading. Again might just be beacuse my states been invaded by the maple leeaf trains ( both CP and CN).
Thank you! In Chicago...we went from all these cool different rairoads to a handful, and CNS was one of my favs...at least I recorded it when I had the chance. BN was my fav railroad...now it's BNSF with boring GE "Pumpkins"! Oh well...I still love photographing trains!
Eyeah.... As a kid I saw mostly the SOO units thru Columbus, WI before the CP buyout. Otherwise most of my life ive been in Arkansas watching a Company called Arkansas and Missouri run on the former Frisco line.
I get excited when I find older railroading things. Depots and Bridges especially!
*nod* It's hard for me to get used to the Turbo roar still at times since i'm so used to just streight up Alco growl. hehe That and the alco black smoke the A&M's #16 switcher used to make when it moved. hehe
Eyeah.. I wish they could keep the old paint and just at worse do as UP and sticker over the old SOO text. Of course Ive heard of UP trying to repaint new units in old company schemes... and I kinda cringe at that too. I like to see the units with some character of their heritage.. instead of just new units trying to look like the old ones.
I personally think that the BNSF merger is the only reason UP bought CNW. UP was desperate for extra mileage and they already had connections with the Northwestern so I can see why they were a first choice for merger.
I don't know the specifics...just the 90s were the era of big-time consolodation and mergers...UP got real big so BN needed to reciprocate. CNW already was pretty close with UP, so it seemed inevitable (unfortunately!)
I think it was inevitable just because of CNW's Powder River Basin lines. Man, I know I told you this before but I wish BN had split CN with CP Rail like they planned. Then some American roads could've invaded Canada instead of them invading the American lines!
Man, that's making me kick myself even more for not taking a picture of an unpatched SP Dash 9 when it came thru my town :/
UP may suck for repainting them but they might leave the last two SP Dash 9's alone like they did with the last two CNW Dash 9's. At least UP cares about their heritage unlike some other class 1's. *cough*BNSF*cough*
True for some reason one of the CNW's 8646 is at North Platte and has been taken out of service. For now. I don't know what the deal is and the other CNW stays in it's territory in Chicago on local and transfer job's as the SP 8196 in Pine Bluff so if you don't live there you'll never see them. Yes the heritage unit's are nice but man... I miss the old days in the 90's!