Equipment Deliveries 8/31/15 and 9/17/15
The particular locomotive represented by this model is one I have become particularly fond of. While I was assigned to work in Lincoln, Nebraska, two BNSF GP40X's were assigned there for use in local service on the Nebraska Division: BNSF 3030 and BNSF 3035. These units began life in 1978 as ATSF 3800 and ATSF 3805. The BNSF 3030 (Ex ATSF 3800) is the subject of one of the photos I left hanging on the wall in the Lincoln Yard Office and is also the image that has been my screensaver for some time:
Being quite please with the Athearn model of the ATSF 3800, I decided that I just had to get the ATSF 3805 while it was still available!
Below is a shot I took of the BNSF 3035 (Ex ATSF 3805) shoving an empty coal train set onto the Palmer Branch off of the Ravenna Subdivision in Aurora, Nebraska on January 9, 2013: