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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)

At 8:53, a train arrived

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OK, a freight engine will sometimes lead an Amtrak train if one of their engines breaks down. After seeing a second freight engine, I knew this wasn’t the train I was looking for. What I got was an eastbound grain train running ahead of the Amtrak.

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Lead engine BNSF 4435 (67474)
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BNSF 6940 (67475)

It did have some grain cars that piqued my interest enough to grab pictures.

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Mid-90s Santa Fe grain car (67476)
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BNSF 7602 on the rear (67480)
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With the Kansas Statehouse dome in the background, just to verify that this is Topeka (67481)

When the back end of the train passed, it was 8:58 – I wasn’t going to wait any longer for Amtrak and I proceeded to head to work.

All pictures were taken June 10, 2022.

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