Right before Haloween, I wanted to head down to Uncle Warren’s pumpkin patch (AKA, the BNSF Southern Transcon) to catch some action. Let’s just say I was not disappointed.
I noticed the headlights of an oncoming westbound as soon as I hit the Louisiana Terrace crossing west of Ottawa. I had just enough time to park Amelia (my 2019 Subaru Impreza) and set up for the shot.
With my current SLR camera, I can copy my photos from my camera directly to my smartphone, a can upload my pictures for my fellow railfans (and anybody who is interested) to see. At 1232, I had just copied my photos to the phone, but didn’t have time to post them to social media, when a westbound “Z” rolls through on the heels of the previous intermodal. I know where my prorities lay 🙂
1244: I was able to update Instagram and Facebook with trains 1 and 2 before train 3 arrived to finish the westbound intermodal parade.
I actually got a 20 minute break to do my social media thing and listen to some Casey Kasem repeats before train 4 arrived at 1308.
Before the 4th train arrived, I swore I heard two distinct sets of train horns, so I stood ready to catch a meet.
I turns out I was right, but I would miss the good shot of the meet by a mile, but now I know to get ready for train number 5.
1317: Before I could completely update Social Media, here comes train number 6, an eastbound intermodal.
All of the above photos were taken October 26, 2019.
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.
The first Sunday of the month usually means cleaning the BNSF station in Lawrence. But first, I needed to get outside and catch some trains. Because of my ‘appointment,’ I elected to stay close to town and went with the UP Kansas Sub.