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It’s my party, I’ll shoot as many trains as I want to

For my birthday weekend, between the dinner and the birthday cake, I took some time to do some train watching.

I started by greeting Amtrak 4, which as of late has been running behind schedule

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Amtrak P42 139 leads Amtrak 4 into Lawrence (67696)

After catching 4, I headed out to Ottawa to catch some action. I managed to start off with a pair of “Z” trains (top-priority intermodal). The first one came at 1057

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BNSF 7734 (67701)
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BNSF 989 (67702)
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The second Z train arrived at 1113

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BNSF 4065 (67708)
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BNSF 8351 (67711)
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At 1131, another Quality intermodal train (“Q” train, one step below a “Z”)

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BNSF 5778 (67716)
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The high iron took a little lunch break, but at 1259, another westbound arrived. This one consisted mainly of ‘feed cars’ with a few tank cars on the rear with the DPU.

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BNSF 5213 (67725)
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BNSF 4378 (67729)
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BNSF 8195 on the rear of the train (67732)

The only eastbound that I caught on the Emporia Sub was an intermodal at 1308

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BNSF 4214 (67736)
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All of the trains I caught were on Main 2. Apparently, there were a few eastbounds parked on Main 1. The parked trains were held there for a while, as the BNSF dispatcher routed eastbound trains up the Topeka Sub and past my living quarters.

Although I didn’t take any pictures, I did make a record of the freight trains that I caught from home on Saturday night, all of which were eastbounds.

1854: Stack train with BNSF 7352 and 5705.
1928: Stack train with BNSF 4989, 4757, and 8361.
2044: Unit fertilizer train with BNSF 7852, 7621, and 8185
2129: Z train with BNSF 6810, 4206, (unknown ES44), 6998, and NS 1227
2157: Q train with BNSF 7812, 1093, and 6781, and an unknown DPU.
2218: Q train with BNSF 5770 leading and BNSF 7757 and 7264 on DPU.

All photos were taken on June 25, 2022.

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KDOT Lettings: July 2022

At my workplace, a paving crew was resurfacing the service road that leads to the lot where I park. Kansas Highways also need that treatment, as evidenced by the projects in the July lettings.

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Saw a train… just not the one I expected

This morning, I checked the Amtrak status map and noticed that the Southwest Chief was running quite late and would be in Topeka around 8:40.

Based on that, I decided to try and catch the train before I went in to work (I currently work in Topeka)

I made it to a good spot along the Shunga Trail and waited. At 8:35, I noticed that the ETA was now getting closer to 8:50. I gave my coworkers a heads up to say I’d be a few minutes late (ETA no later than 9:15)

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KDOT Lettings, June 2022

There are 21 projects up for letting on June 15.

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KDOT Lettings: May 2022

There are 20 projects slated for letting on May 18. Approved bids announced on May 31 are highlighted in red.

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KDOT Lettings: April 2022

There are 21 projects scheduled to be bid on April 20. Approved Bids Announced on May 2 are highlighted in red. Approved Bids Announced on May 31 are highlighted in blue.

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KU Victory Parade

As I’m sure you know, I am a graduate of the University of cKansas and a lifelong resident of the Lawrence area. During the recent NCAA tournament, I avoided the Mass Street Crowd. When it came time for the parade, however, there was no way I was going to make it out there and take photos.

Thanks to a tip on social media, I wound up at South Park.

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KDOT Lettings: March 2022

34 projects were up for bids on March 16. Approved bids announced on March 31 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on May 2 are highlighted in blue

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KDOT Lettings: February 2022

25 projects are up for bids at KDOT on February 16. The approved bids announced on March 2 are highlighted in red.The approved bids announced on March 31 are highlighted in blue.

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KDOT Lettings: January 2022

There are 41 projects up for letting at KDOT’s January 19 letting, including many asphalt overlays of concrete roadways. Approved bids announced on January 27 are highlighted in red. Approved bids announced on March 2 are highlighted in blue.