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[CBQ] Eastbound Coal Trains Through Savanna

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Subject: [CBQ] Eastbound Coal Trains Through Savanna
From: "Tom Mack via" <>
Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2020 05:40:21 -0800
There are several slides right now on eBay of a BN coal train in July 1970 heading eastbound through Savanna.

Here is the train coming toward the camera showing it to clearly be a coal train with a mix of various hoppers:

Here it is going away showing the first car is GN 70838, a hopper loaded with coal:

The only place I could think of where a solid eastbound coal train like this would be coming from is the Powder River Basin. Or is it coming from perhaps somewhere else?

The bigger question I have, however, is whether these trains were started after the merger, or did some of these coal drags run pre-merger on the Q in 1969 or early 1970?
Tom Mack
Cincinnati, OH
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