Big Tea Kettle, Part 2

After chasing the Union Pacific steam train from Neodesha to Paola on Sunday, November 17, I followed that up by catching the train twice more on Tuesday, November 19, at Linwood and Newman.

7:56 AM: A pair of UP Diesels leads a train of assorted equipment presumably bound for Fort Riley.
8:41 AM: An eastbound coal drag rolls through the East Linwood Crossovers.
Union Pacific ES44AC 2557 was the DPU pushing the coal train.
10:02 AM: The main event – 4014 comes off of the Stranger Creek Bridge at Linwood.
Shoot off enough frames, and you’re bound to get one of the engine “rods down”
Big Boy without the diesel
A young boy and his grandpa
11:13 AM: These work trucks were on their way to a work zone near Perry
12:01 PM: Big boy has cleared the work zone and is heading toward Topeka.
Big boy rolls past a crowd of onlookers, and the former Newman train station turned gas station turned private residence.

Big Tea Kettle

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike, the Union Pacific Railroad restored on of their biggest locomotives, “Big Boy” 4014. During 2019, they have been touring as much of the UP system as possible. On November 17, I followed 4014 from Neodesha to Paola.

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Labor Day weekend on the Marcelline Sub

Usually, Labor Day weekend means that I’m out doing something train related. I decided this year to head out to Camden, Missouri on the Marcelline Sub.

I arrived a little before 10:00 and found that I wasn’t alone – there was another car, and two railfans wearing day-glo orange vests already there waiting on the (late, as is the norm) Amtrak 4. It didn’t take long for the action to kick up.

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