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Fresh Paint on the Eve of Merger—July 1, 1994.

Trout Creek, Canyon, Oregon.

It was a fresh clear morning in Oregon. I was photographing along the Oregon Trunk on advice of Brian Rutherford. This route was jointly used by Burlington Northern and Union Pacific and traversed some stunning scenery.

Having hiked into a choice location in Trout Creek Canyon, I was rewarded with a Burlington Northern grain train in nice light.

I was impressed by the solid consist of freshly painted company hoppers.

Kodachrome 25 exposed with a Nikon F3T with 28mm lens.
Kodachrome 25 exposed with a Nikon F3T with 28mm lens.

The next day, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe announced merger. Although a year of merger machinations and approval processes would entail before BN+SF was consummated, it was the end of an era for BN (and Santa Fe).

For more on railroad mergers see my book North American Railroad Family Trees available from Voyageur Press.

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