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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/1988 - 9/7/2018
Album Info:Photos of trains on the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas, now operated by UP.
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Last lap
Title:  Last lap
Description:  A train bound for Kansas City is on the last few miles as it passes through Lenexa
Photo Date:  5/4/1998  Upload Date: 3/19/2014 2:13:41 AM
Location:  Lenexa, KS
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 3733(SD40-2) DRGW 3154(GP60)
Views:  197   Comments: 0
Coal on the ex MKT
Title:  Coal on the ex MKT
Description:  A Texas bound coal train rolls south along US 69 near Adair Oklaboma. US 69 is a great road to watch trains on. It is within sight of the railroad almost all the way across Oklahoma.
Photo Date:  12/7/1998  Upload Date: 3/10/2014 12:45:30 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6846(AC44CW) SP 254(AC44CW)
Views:  167   Comments: 0
Southbound coal
Title:  Southbound coal
Description:  I always liked taking US 69 into Texas. Most of the way from Big Cabin south you could see the ex MKT, and often a train or two. This southbound coal train was at Adair
Photo Date:  3/23/2000  Upload Date: 2/20/2014 1:41:21 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7173(AC44CW) UP 8213(SD9043MAC)
Views:  171   Comments: 0
Coal on the Katy
Title:  Coal on the Katy
Description:  A southbound coal train rolls into Wagoner in the ex MKT. Funny how some units you encounter in multiple places. I have a shot of the leader on the KCS in Siloam Springs.
Photo Date:  9/28/2007  Upload Date: 7/8/2016 3:48:35 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6004(AC44CWCTE) SP 194(AC44CW)
Views:  135   Comments: 1
Through the dip
Title:  Through the dip
Description:  Many people think everything out here in flyover country is pool table flat. Out in the high plains, there are places where thats true, but in most of the midwest, the terrain is more rolling, and has ups and downs. This southbound 136 car coal train on the ex MKT demonstrates that fact as we look back along the train as it snakes through a short sag.
Photo Date:  12/21/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:02:09 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5877(AC44CWCTE) UP 5732(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  139   Comments: 2
Pushing into the sunset
Title:  Pushing into the sunset
Description:  The DPU on this southbound coal train catches the glint off the late day sun.
Photo Date:  12/21/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:11:22 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6869(AC44CW)
Views:  109   Comments: 1
Crossing the Frisco
Title:  Crossing the Frisco
Description:  Not anymore. The ex Frisco here has changed hands twice since then, and is now the BNSF. But then, so has the ex MKT, under the UP umbrella since 1988. A 125 car southbound hits the diamond and heads for Texas.
Photo Date:  12/21/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:16:22 AM
Location:  Vinita, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8557(SD90MAC-H2)
Views:  112   Comments: 0
Mixed bag
Title:  Mixed bag
Description:  A mixed set of power, including an ex BN unit now in a lease fleet, rolls 141 cars of freight south at Adair on the ex MKT.
Photo Date:  12/21/2007  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:13:55 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 9397(C41-8W) UP 9344(C40-8) FURX 7926(SD40-2) UP 2845(SD40-2T)
Views:  211   Comments: 1
On the causeway
Title:  On the causeway
Description:  The north end of the Pandrol Jackson rail grinder is also an old F 40, seen on the ex MKT where it crosses Eufaula Lake.
Photo Date:  3/20/2008  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:30:31 AM
Location:  Eufaula, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  84   Comments: 0
Grinding it out
Title:  Grinding it out
Description:  The Pandrol Jackson rail grinder is southbound on the ex MKT at Eufaula, crossing the causeway over the lake.
Photo Date:  3/20/2008  Upload Date: 7/15/2016 3:27:40 AM
Location:  Eufaula, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  87   Comments: 0
Whos first
Title:  Whos first
Description:  I was in McAlester one day in late 2008 to find the UP was fleeting northbounds on the old MKT. Two of them stand ready to roll at the north end of town. They'll take to the old Missouri Pacific at Wagoner to reach Kansas City, as UP runs directionally north of there, southbounds using the MKT, northbounds the MP.
Photo Date:  8/1/2008  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 3:51:48 AM
Location:  McAlester, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 8104(SD9043MAC) UP 4772(SD70M)
Views:  171   Comments: 1
Help for the empties
Title:  Help for the empties
Description:  The empty coal train had a pair of units pushing on the rear, as well as the head end power.
Photo Date:  8/1/2008  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 4:08:15 AM
Location:  Canadian, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6559(AC44CW) UP 7174(AC44CW)
Views:  151   Comments: 1
Northbound empties
Title:  Northbound empties
Description:  A nortbound empty coal train rolls at Canadian, about to cross the causeway over Eufaula Lake.
Photo Date:  8/1/2008  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 4:06:22 AM
Location:  Canadian, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7286(AC44CW) UP 7206(AC44CW)
Views:  111   Comments: 1
UP under a big sky
Title:  UP under a big sky
Description:  Not the Montana big sky, but Oklahoma. Two trains under some big clouds are on the ex MKT.
Photo Date:  8/1/2008  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 3:53:57 AM
Location:  McAlester, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7711(AC45CCTE) UP 4945(SD70M) NS 2613(SD70M) UP 8411(SD70ACe)
Views:  193   Comments: 0
Crossing the Rock
Title:  Crossing the Rock
Description:  A northbound UP train on the ex MKT approaches the diamond for the one time Rock Island Choctaw Route, now the Arkansas & Oklahoma, seen in the foreground. AOK runs the line from here to a connection with the KCS at Howe. They subsequently acquired most of the right of way from here to Seminole and OKC. I'd love to see an MKT switcher squealing around that connecting track with a cut for the Rock, or a Rock GP 7 doing the same for the Katy.
Photo Date:  8/1/2008  Upload Date: 8/8/2016 3:56:48 AM
Location:  McAlester, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7711(AC45CCTE) UP 4945(SD70M) NS 2613(SD70M) UP 8411(SD70ACe)
Views:  185   Comments: 1
GE pair
Title:  GE pair
Description:  A pair of GEs lead this 135 car coal train south toward Texas. One more is pushing on the rear. On the ex MKT, a trio of AC44's is enough for what is close to a 20000 gross ton coal train.
Photo Date:  5/17/2009  Upload Date: 8/25/2016 3:13:01 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5679(AC44CWCTE) UP 5930(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  105   Comments: 1
A little help
Title:  A little help
Description:  The solo DPU pushes south on this 135 car coal train. Even with the undulating profile, three units will get the train from KC to Texas in good time.
Photo Date:  5/17/2009  Upload Date: 8/25/2016 3:16:50 AM
Location:  Adair, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5964(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  97   Comments: 1
On to the MP
Title:  On to the MP
Description:  A northbound approaches Wagoner on the ex MKT. It will take the connection here to the former MP to head north, as most trains do, since there is directional running from here to Kansas City.
Photo Date:  2/13/2010  Upload Date: 1/2/2018 4:27:34 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7115(AC44CW) UP 6842(AC44CW)
Views:  106   Comments: 1
Grain elevator at Choteau
Title:  Grain elevator at Choteau
Description:  UP southbound passes grain elevator at Choteau OK on former MKT
Photo Date:  1/15/2011  Upload Date: 4/23/2011 2:51:13 AM
Location:  Pryor, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8050(SD9043MAC) UP 8235(SD9043MAC) UP 8429(SD70ACe)
Views:  324   Comments: 2
Trackage rights train
Title:  Trackage rights train
Description:  A 145 car UP train comes off the viaduct and onto the BNSF Ft Scott Sub via the connection at BN Crossing. UP is on trackage rights here, having assumed MKT's rights over the BNSF to Paola, where it will gain its own line to reach Oklahoma and Texas.
Photo Date:  10/17/2014  Upload Date: 11/5/2014 4:03:10 AM
Location:  Kansas City, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7616(AC45CCTE) UP 9619(C44-9W) UP 8682(SD70ACe)
Views:  193   Comments: 0
Straight on for you
Title:  Straight on for you
Description:  A southbound behind a pair of SD 70Ms rolls past the signal and station sign at Mazie on the ex MKT.
Photo Date:  11/29/2014  Upload Date: 12/5/2014 2:31:14 AM
Location:  Mazie, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 4090(SD70M) UP 4312(SD70M)
Views:  154   Comments: 1
Taking the connection
Title:  Taking the connection
Description:  A southbound general freight rolls through the connection from the former MKT to the ex MP at Wagoner. The junction is right downtown, and easy to get at, as there are crossings at both ends.
Photo Date:  11/29/2014  Upload Date: 12/5/2014 2:26:21 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 4090(SD70M) UP 4312(SD70M)
Views:  149   Comments: 1
Not quite what I was after
Title:  Not quite what I was after
Description:  This southbound UP train has a single unit leading as it passes the Choteau elevator. I like lineside structures, and was trying to work a shot with the elevator in it, but didnt have time to change lenses after outrunning the train from Adair. It turned out the elevator was partly blocked by some trees, and I didnt quite pick the right spot either, through this shot is acceptable. Better luck next time. I'll drag my butt out of bed early some morning and go over here to sit til something shows, which usually doesn't take too long.
Photo Date:  9/11/2016  Upload Date: 9/12/2016 5:26:53 AM
Location:  Chouteau, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7420(AC45CCTE)
Views:  98   Comments: 2
DPU though the connection
Title:  DPU though the connection
Description:  The DPU on this southbound coal train is on the connection from the ex MKT to the ex MP. The combination of the two routes under UPs banner has allowed for some interesting, and useful traffic pattern changes, though I really miss the old roads.
Photo Date:  11/13/2016  Upload Date: 11/15/2016 2:59:47 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 5578(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  73   Comments: 1
Catching the light
Title:  Catching the light
Description:  I first saw this vantage point about 20 years ago when I was a driver for JB Hunt. Parking a 53 foot trailer on an overpass to shoot a train photo is not really a good idea, and I lived in NY at the time, so never was able to get back there to shoot trains. Now that I live within 90 minutes of this location, I can get there, but I find the trees have grown up, making what was an open shot pretty limited. I came across this southbound on the ex MKT and decided Id go for it anyway, trees or not. I was able to catch the train with some nose lighting, so not a total waste of time. Ill have to get here earlier in the day and see how it looks with the sun high enough to get over the trees.
Photo Date:  11/13/2016  Upload Date: 11/15/2016 3:04:23 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7604(AC45CCTE) UP 4913(SD70M)
Views:  87   Comments: 1
To the Mopac we go
Title:  To the Mopac we go
Description:  This southbound coal train is on the ex MKT, taking the connection at Wagoner to get onto the ex MP to head east toward Ft Smith and Little Rock.
Photo Date:  11/13/2016  Upload Date: 11/15/2016 3:10:34 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7932(AC45CCTE) UP 8336(SD70ACe)
Views:  108   Comments: 2
Changed direction
Title:  Changed direction
Description:  The power from the southbound coal train is now on the ex MP, and will roll east.
Photo Date:  11/13/2016  Upload Date: 11/15/2016 3:14:07 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 7932(AC45CCTE) UP 8336(SD70ACe)
Views:  88   Comments: 1
Southbound on the MKT
Title:  Southbound on the MKT
Description:  I was heading north on adjacent US 69 when I saw a headlight approaching in the distance. One great thing about a four lane road with a 65 MPH speed is that I can run 72 without worrying about getting ticketed. I chased back south a couple of miles to get this southbound with a lot of yellow up front.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:07:46 AM
Location:  Mazie, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5463(AC45CCTE) UP 8886(SD70AH) UP 3819(SD70M) UP 9579(C44-9W) UP 7682(AC45CCTE)
Views:  201   Comments: 0
Pushing along
Title:  Pushing along
Description:  The DPU on a 148 car coal train passes the home signal on the ex MKT as it rolls south. He wasnt going that fast-I just needed a little more shutter speed.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:13:34 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6305(AC44CW) UP 6311(AC44CW)
Views:  140   Comments: 0
One clean, one not so much
Title:  One clean, one not so much
Description:  The DPU on this southbound approaches the crossing with one newly painted GE, the other showing some signs of use. Both are ex SP.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:14:54 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 6311(AC44CW) UP 6305(AC44CW)
Views:  164   Comments: 0
Not as bad as it looks
Title:  Not as bad as it looks
Description:  This southbound coal train is approaching downtown Wagoner. The heat distortion is pretty bad, though it wasn't that hot-mid 80's. It has not activated the crossing protection yet, so the car in front of the train is not playing chicken.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:16:46 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8424(SD70ACe)
Views:  107   Comments: 0
Closer
Title:  Closer
Description:  The coal train has gained some ground, and is now entering downtown. That's the ex MP crossing in the middle of the photo. No one will get in his way from here on. It was pretty hot that day. The heat distortion is pretty serious.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:18:16 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8424(SD70ACe)
Views:  99   Comments: 0
Banging across
Title:  Banging across
Description:  The coal train hits the diamond with the ex MP. It will get a pounding with this 148 car train.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:26:58 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8424(SD70ACe) UP 6505(AC44CW)
Views:  107   Comments: 0
Passing by
Title:  Passing by
Description:  After five minutes of anticipation, the train now passes my position. Clean unit leading always makes a good picture.
Photo Date:  9/2/2017  Upload Date: 9/8/2017 5:28:48 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8424(SD70ACe) UP 6505(AC44CW)
Views:  119   Comments: 0
Ex SP unit
Title:  Ex SP unit
Description:  And its clean!! UP has finally finished painting all its power in Armour Yellow, now that the last two CNW units have gone to the paint shop for the UP treatment. The ex SP GEs had been running around in patched UP reporting marks for years, and now all are repainted. There are two on this 123 car southbound on the ex MKT, hitting the diamond for the ex MP here at Wagoner. UPDATE: See Robert Jackson's comment below. I had read somewhere that UP had finally repainted all of its pre merger units in Armour Yellow. Apparently as of late March 2019, that is not the case. In any event, this one looks good in new paint.
Photo Date:  1/31/2018  Upload Date: 2/5/2018 4:37:30 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 6398(AC44CW) UP 4813(SD70M) UP 6481(AC44CW)
Views:  142   Comments: 2
Clean unit
Title:  Clean unit
Description:  The trailing unit on this southbound looks to have been recently repainted. Looks good!!
Photo Date:  1/31/2018  Upload Date: 2/5/2018 4:44:29 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 6481(AC44CW) UP 4813(SD70M) UP 6398(AC44CW)
Views:  105   Comments: 1
Going away
Title:  Going away
Description:  The DPU on this southbound is seen rolling away from the camera as the train heads for Muskogee.
Photo Date:  1/31/2018  Upload Date: 2/5/2018 4:46:27 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8824(SD70AH)
Views:  96   Comments: 2
Banging the diamond
Title:  Banging the diamond
Description:  The DPU on this southbound is banging across the former MP, making a six axle racket as it hits the frogs.
Photo Date:  1/31/2018  Upload Date: 2/5/2018 4:47:35 AM
Location:  Wagoner, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 8824(SD70AH)
Views:  101   Comments: 1
Big power, big sky
Title:  Big power, big sky
Description:  A pair of AC 44s roll a coal train south at Mazie with some tall clouds for a backdrop.
Photo Date:  9/1/2018  Upload Date: 9/6/2018 5:53:10 AM
Location:  Mazie, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6047(AC44CWCTE) UP 5948(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  78   Comments: 3
Under the bridge
Title:  Under the bridge
Description:  This southbound had just finished working the yard, and was waiting to go south as it sat under the attractive Court St overpass.
Photo Date:  2/14/2019  Upload Date: 2/19/2019 4:25:59 AM
Location:  Muskogee, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6851(AC44CW) UP 6620(AC44CW)
Views:  83   Comments: 1
Oil south
Title:  Oil south
Description:  I had just come through downtown Muskogee-and just missed a southbound going past the yard-and was headed north on OK 16 toward Wagoner, when I saw headlights throught the trees. I ran back toward town, and got him at the next crossing. Not the most scenic, but the leader is clean and its an attractive power set. He had 103 cars, three of which were buffers. UP 5701 brought up the rear.
Photo Date:  2/14/2019  Upload Date: 2/19/2019 4:23:20 AM
Location:  Muskogee, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 4780(SD70M)
Views:  71   Comments: 1
Local power
Title:  Local power
Description:  Power for local jobs sits in the yard at Muskogee. Quite a group.
Photo Date:  2/14/2019  Upload Date: 2/19/2019 4:08:39 AM
Location:  Muskogee, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  UPY 600(GP15-1) UP 9990(GP40-2) UP 1458(GP40-2) FXE 4629(ES44AC)
Views:  134   Comments: 1


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