Bakken Oil Train Photo

A photo from a couple weeks ago of a BNSF train facing west with Bakken oil cars in tow. This was taken just east of Moorhead, Minnesota. If the train cars are going east, they are carrying oil. If they are going west, they are returning to pick more oil up.


One response to “Bakken Oil Train Photo

  • mtoreamnos

    Generally, this is an apt rule of thumb. With service disruptions (weather, derailments, etc.), this may not always apply. Look at the coil springs underneath the tank cars. If they are compressed, they are loaded. If they aren’t, they are empty. This method can also be used to determine if any railroad car is loaded or empty. Cheers!

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