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BN 9551

In December of 1994 BN took delivery of a group of 30 new EMD SD70MAC's numbered 9542-9571 for coal train service. All were assigned to Alliance, NE. Two years later on 12-31-96 came the BNSF merger and the BN 9551 was relettered BNSF 9551.

On 6-4-11 I photographed the BNSF 9551 as trailing unit of a DPU set on a northbound BNSF coal train at Centralia, WA. As can be seen, Grinstein paint and a blank nose lacking any markings.

In late 2017 a group of fourteen ex-BN SD70MAC's within the original thirty were retired. These were the BNSF 9551-9564. The 14 were relettered PRLX (Progress Rail) and assigned on short term lease to Norfolk Southern. The 9551 was still in BN Grinstein paint when it left the BNSF roster. More info on the SD70MAC's that went to NS can be found here: