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BNSF Fill er' up by DragonWolfACe BNSF Fill er' up by DragonWolfACe
A shot Ive always wanted to do since I seen it in a book when under Santa Fe. Ill have to settle with BNSF.

Two eastbound double stack trains head east as a third eastbound fuels at the fuel racks at the large Argentine rail yard on the west side of Kansas City.
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NigNag Nov 9, 2010
outstanding
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factorone33 Apr 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
I know that spot!
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DragonWolfACe Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good spot! The first day BACK to KC it took me 3 hours to go from AY (east end of the yard) to Turner (West end), covering all the bridges.

On the bridge I shot this from the three of us where about done when this civilian van came up to us. The driver inside told us that the BNSF cop was called to "check us out". Mind you, the guy didnt have anything railroad oriented at all on so as far as we knew, he was nobody. I just kind of looked at him thinking "Get the fuck outa here!" while my buddy told him point blank, "Who cares! Call them!"

Mind you we are on a public bridge with a sidewalk. All any cop could REALLY do was see what we were doing and we knew it. We left shortly afterward since we where done with that bridge and heading over towards Turner.
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factorone33 Apr 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Actually, the BNSF cops up there really aren't that bad on railfans at all. I was at Santa Fe Junction back in mid-March, and one came up to us while we were waiting for a grain-train to roll through the terminal trackage, and he ended up giving us calendars and advice on where to look and stuff. The bridges over Argentine are city property anyway, so the BNSF guys can't really touch you unless you're on the leaders into the yard.

Once I move up there, it's going to be my mission to hit every possible spot in the yard without getting harassed, arrested, or mugged (the Argentine district on the south side off of Metropolitan is in the 'hood).
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DragonWolfACe Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I hear ya. Its the UP cops ya got to watch for!

And yes, I noticed that about the south side of Argentine...NOT a place to be at night!
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factorone33 Apr 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Or during the day even. :fear: Parts of the 'Dotte (Wyandotte County) are some of the highest violent crime areas in the whole state.

I have yet to see any UP cops in the state thus far, but I really haven't tried to make a stab at getting around Armourdale yet, nor have I had a chance to get some Terminal yard action, or anything beyond Santa Fe Jct. I'm slowly working my way east to the Missouri side to get some better (and different) action.
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DragonWolfACe Apr 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
East side of KC is HARD to do, better off staying with the west side.
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factorone33 Apr 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Definitely, especially the KCS line (though if you venture south, it does free up a little).

I have a lot of friends that live around the area, and studying maps helps a bunch. Plus knowing where NOT to go is a big plus. :slow:

I'd kinda like to get out up north and east more, out of the metro area. There's some big-time stuff of the BNSF and UP transcons to catch, along with NS trackage-rights traffic, and some other miscellany.
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