Ozark Country Cab Ride, BNSF on the Cuba Sub

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Ride across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Cuba Subdivision between St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri on intermodal train Q-STLCLO.

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Ride across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Cuba Subdivision between St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri on intermodal train Q-STLCLO. The former Frisco main is an undulating hog-back line that cuts through the rolling hills of the Ozark Plateau. An engineer’s skills are put to a test here as the terrain often causes trains to be stretched along up- and down-hill grades while simultaneously twisting through multiple curves. Experience is the engineer’s best tool as he works to keep the train together and moving.

The Cuba Sub typically sees three to four trains a day in each direction. However, BNSF was rerouting traffic at the time of our visit and an additional six to eight trains each day brought traffic to unusually high levels. You’ll see plenty of meets on this ride!

Ground shots supplement the on-board footage for a balanced view of the line. Highlights include the steep climb out of the Merimac River valley up Iron Hill to St. Clair and the even steeper grade up Dixon Hill from Jerome. The rolling hills and severe curves between Dixon and Sleeper provide great views of the consist as the train snakes through the Ozarks. This Cuba Sub cab ride is a thrilling experience you’re sure to enjoy!

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6 reviews for Ozark Country Cab Ride, BNSF on the Cuba Sub

  1. Dan

    Challenging grades, sharp curves and train meets, all set on a former Frisco mainline in the picturesque Ozarks. A nice mix of well done on-board and trackside video and higher-than-normal traffic make this an entertaining and fast-paced program. Five enthusiastic stars!

  2. CR6377

    A Cab Ride on BNSF in 1998. With 3 BN SD40-2s for power. A cool and friendly Engineer. A line you wouldn’t expect a cab ride on this route due to the amount of traffic. A very scenic route and plenty of ground coverage to go with the Cab Ride stuff. Tripod mounted cab footage makes it worth the money. A+

  3. Lloyd

    Cab rides…. always interesting. No different in this video. It is an opportunity to see the rails ahead similar to the crew. This video also has ground shots to add to the interest and break up the video somewhat. The landscape of the Ozark region makes railroading here a challenge for territory that is a part of America’s Midwest. Lots of hills means more grades and curves…. less straight line running. With BNSF detouring some traffic onto this line, we are treated to some meets that otherwise would not have seen much of as this is a lower traffic line. Awesome video.

  4. rickyfreni

    In this 1998 videotape, the engine for the entire cab ride is Burlington northern SD40-2 number 8006. The engineer for the cascade green unit is Cliff Phillips.
    From the St. Louis area to the Springfield yard, there are some surprises along the way as well as some trackside action.

  5. Arthur Patzwald

    Nice cab ride video on the Cuba sub

  6. Dale Degner

    This is a must have!
    Railroading from the cab! You get to see the engineer at work along with the scenery!
    I’m watching it for the 3rd time!

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