Where’s The BNSF?


On January 10, 1984, a Chicago Nail Manicurist named Clara Peller became a pop culture icon and made advertising history with a three-letter catchphrase…. “Where’s the beef?

It’s 2015 and in Northeastern Pennsylvania that catchphrase is being asked once again, that is, minus the two vowels.

A railfan acquaintance tells me that in 2014, BNSF locomotives were as plentiful then as Union Pacific diesels are now. That being said, in light of the black & orange diesel shortage, I have to ask, “Where’s the BNSF?

As far as I know, there have been (4) BNSF sightings this year…. The first was on New Year’s Day when Executive Green and Cream BNSF #9419 came down on Train 13T with Kansas City Southern Southern Belle GEVO #4840.

The rarity repeated itself the very next day on January 2 when #5211 (4th unit behind 3 NS GEs) in Heritage 2 paint came up on 12T.

The 3rd was via a Facebook post back in the summer from someone who caught one going down and the last was CITIRAIL #1203 that went down on 13T on August 19…. And although technically not a BNSF unit, currently all CREX GEVOs are leased to BNSF which, for all practical purposes, makes them BNSF locomotives.

So my question is simple…. Where’s the BNSF?… With all of the foreign power running through NEPA on a daily basis (not to mention the season) I think that it’s time that we see some orange “pumpkins” roaming the rails…. And some pretty Southern Belles would be nice too!

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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