Saturday, November 21, 2009
Planes On Trains
I was in Newton, Kansas in early November on business. After work I'd head down to the station to watch trains on the BNSF transcontinental mainline that goes through the town. The last day I was there I found five Boeing 737 fuselages parked on specialized flat cars across from the station.
While I was taking some pictures, BNSF C44-9W 5470 came out of the nearby engine terminal, coupled up to the cars and then proceeded west out of town.
The planes are made in nearby Wichita and shipped to Renton, WA (near Seattle) for final assembly.
If you want more information about these unique flatcar loads, visit Chris Camp's page at http://www.nwownrailfan.com/archives/features/0204camp.html
Brian Keay of Calgary made a model of one of the cars and planes. You can see it, and learn more about how he made it, at http://www.ucalgary.ca/~keay/planedoc.html
More photos are below.