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National Train Day 2009 Highlights - Ottumwa, Iowa

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Published on May 12, 2009

The second annual National Train Day was held on Saturday, May 9th, 2009! Although I was nowhere near any of the big train day activities, I did watch trains in Ottumwa, Iowa, at the Amtrak station, from 1-8pm, and ended up seeing sixteen trains. The day was fantastic, with perfect temperatures (mid-60's) and mostly clear skies that made for some great footage. The trains were great, too. I couldn't believe how many SD70ACe's I saw leading trains, and I only saw one train the entire day with an SD70MAC leading. I even saw BNSF 9380 leading a train, which is the real-life engine that my Lionel SD70ACe is modeled after!! This video features the highlights of all sixteen trains that I saw. Trains include:

1. BNSF Grain Train
BNSF ex-Santa Fe 618 (Dash 9-44CW)
BNSF 758 (Dash 9-44CW)

2. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 6067 (ES44AC)
BNSF 9338 (SD70ACe)
BNSF 9922 (SD70MAC)

3. BNSF Cargill Tanker Train
BNSF ex-Santa Fe 517 (Dash 8-40BW)
BNSF 513 (Dash 8-40BW)

4. BNSF Ethanol Byproducts Train
BNSF 4961 (Dash 9-44CW)
BNSF 990 (Dash 9-44CW)
BNSF 8270 (SD75M)

5. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 6291 (ES44AC)
BNSF 8944 (SD70MAC)

6. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9203 (SD70ACe)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9450 (SD70MAC)

7. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9380 (SD70ACe)
BNSF 6058 (ES44AC)
BNSF 9938 (SD70MAC)

8. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9202 (SD70ACe)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9673 (SD70MAC)
BNSF 9337 (SD70ACe)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9641 (SD70MAC)

9. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 6022 (ES44AC)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9770 (SD70MAC)
BNSF 5746 (ES44AC)
BNSF 9370 (SD70ACe)

10. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9137 (SD70ACe)
BNSF 5930 (ES44AC)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9609 (SD70MAC)
BNSF 5973 (ES44AC)

11. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9210 (SD70ACe)
BNSF 5734 (ES44AC)
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9618 (SD70MAC)

12. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 9246 (SD70ACe)
BNSF 5819 (ES44AC)

13. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF ex-Burlington Northern 9816 (SD70MAC)
BNSF 9895 (SD70MAC)
BNSF 9937 (SD70MAC)

14. Amtrak #5 - The California Zephyr
Amtrak 97 (P42DC)
Amtrak 54 (P42DC)

15. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 6142 (ES44AC)
BNSF 9163 (SD70ACe)

16. BNSF Coal Train
BNSF 6166 (ES44AC)
BNSF 6178 (ES44AC)
BNSF 9157 (SD70ACe)

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