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BNSF and Triple Crown Roadrailers

QSTATION has a great webpage dedicated to BNSF and the Triple Crown Roadrailers, including photos of Triple Crown Roadrailers with BNSF locomotives in the lead. QSTATION is a great site for infromation on ATSF, BN and BNSF.

Please visit for information on the BNSF Triple Crown Roadrailer Trains.

Richard P. Allan was nice enough to let us here at deLuxe Innovation use some of his Swift roadrailer photos on our site. The first one was taken on Sunday April 11, 2004 just West of the Hinkley Rd. crossing approaching Hodge, CA., on the Cajon Subdivision. This location is approx. 15 miles West of the BNSF Hump facility at Barstow, CA. The lead unit is GE CW44-9, BNSF-4936, and a GE Warbonnett.

Richard also caught BNSF 4798, a GE CW44-9, leading a Norfolk Southern unit on Sunday April 18, 2004 at Oro Grande, CA. Oro Grande is on the Cajon Subdivision near Victorville, CA.

Richard Sugg of Glendora, CA was nice enough to allow us to use his photos of this Swift train. According to Richard, the pictures were taken at Edison, CA; located between Bakersfield and the Tehachapi Loop on March 28, 2004.

Per Richard, the train was the southbound BNSF Portland-LA Swift Roadrailer train that departs every Friday night, to arrive in the LA area on Sunday evening, when it is on schedule. Its northbound counterpart also leaves LA on Friday nights.

The power appears to be an ex-BN SD40-2 and a EMD Lease unit GP38E. If you wish to reporduce this train in N scale, you will need an Kato SD40-2 and the Atlas GP38 painted in the EMD Leasing colors, EMD Blue and a white nose. Plus you will need deLuxe's Swift Roadrailers.

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This image was on the web at We tried to contact the photographer to no avail. If you know who took this picture, we would love to know more about BNSF and Triple Crown trains and their schedules.

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BNSF pulls the Swift train southbound somewhere in Southern Oregon or Northern California in this Dramatic shot by Dave Leland. To recreate this scene in N scale, you could use the steel trestle from Micro Engineering, and the locomotives are available from Kato and Atlas. Of course, you need the Swift RoadRailer train from deLuxe...

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Always looking for a more fuel efficient way to move trailers, the railroads have been open to the Wabash National group for the RoadRailer Bimodal transportation system. Bimodal means that it uses the same piece of hardware to run on two different modes of transport. In this case, the trailer that runs on the highway is also the railcar that runs on the rails. With the addition of a pretty standard railroad truck, or "Bogie", the air shock equipped RoadRailer trailer can be brought directly to the terminal, and added right into a train. This revolutionary system has several advantages. First- it weighs less than a standard railcar/trailer combination- a LOT less. The trailer itself is slightly heavier than an OTR (over the road) trailer, but the absence of a railcar saves a lot of weight and fuel. Second- there is no slack action. The train assembles tightly without couplers. This allows the train to have no slack, and therefore no damage due to slack pull out or slack run in. When the train stops, all of the cars stop as one. When the train moves, it all moves as one. This is a great selling point to the end customer. Three- Security. These trains are assembled tightly, nose to tail. There is no room to open the doors to the trailers, and therefore very little chance of pilferage or piracy. In other modes, bandits can jump on the railcar, pop open the back doors, and pitch products out to a pacing truck next to the train. With the RoadRailer trailer, the Steel bumper swings up and locks the doors closed, and the next trailer is so close there is no possibility of opening those doors unless you are in the yard, and not in the train.
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