This past weekend, after seeing pictures and discussion on Facebook about Wedel Acres in Peabody, I finally decided to check it out.
Peabody is located just northeast of Newton in Marion County just off of US 50. It is also where the BNSF La Junta Sub crosses the UP [née Rock Island] Lost Springs Sub.
A fellow railfan named Dwight Wedel was able to acquire a small tract of land on the southeast side of the BNSF/UP crossing and has constructed a replica train station.
Looking at a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Kennedy Compound, I headed out at about 6:00. I knew that fellow railfans would be welcome on his property; however, while I was at a ‘service stop’ in Emporia, I sent Dwight a courtesy message letting him know I was going to be out there. I arrived at Wedel Acres at 830
Even after the first train had gone by, my ears were sensing the presence of another train right behind.
Around 0935, I spotted a Grey Toyota Sienna with a bunch of reflective stripes lurking about the diamond. Apparently, the next train was about to experience a RGE (Railcrew Xpress Generating Event)
(Based on comments I received when I posted these stories to another forum, the switches on this interchange track must be operated manually. The Conductor must line the switches in order to get on to the interchange track and line them back once the train has cleared them. The crew van is there to shuttle the conductor to the switches, then back to the locomotive.)
While watching the tank cars proceed throught the interchange track, I heard the sound of another train coming.
I didn’t get a shot of the DPU power on the tank train, but I did catch the DPUs on the intermodal.
At 11:00, I decided it was time to head on down towards Newton. More on this later.
All photos taken June 6, 2020.
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