Okay, it’s been a while, but I have taken a few trips railfanning lately.
‘Twas the Monday before Christmas and activity on the Union Pacific was blowing through the snow-covered landscape. There’s also a late Amtrak 4.
This morning (as with most Saturday mornings) I got up at 4:30 to open the Lawrence Amtrak station.
For being without a day job, it seems I’ve been rather busy….
October brought a pair of “Special” Amtrak trains, and a new interchange on K-7 in Johnson County.
Saturday morning, I woke up early to open the Lawrence Depot and Greet the eastbound Southwest Chief, as I have occasionally done as a volunteer. It was the first time since the new signs were installed and turned on that I had done so. After the train left and the lights were turned off, I headed to Pomona, on the BNSF line in Franklin County. At that location, I saw a whopping 10 trains in all, including 8 trains during the 8 O’clock hour.
Here are more trackside and roadside photos from the past week.
During the weekend, while over at the Shop (better known as Kennedy Glass) the BNSF sent some trains my way.
What I found to be a problem with their photoshoot is that they choose to pose for pictures on the BNSF railroad tracks, and even posed on the diesel locomotive that is parked next to the depot.
Somehow, I doubt they cleared this with BNSF beforehand. I know at least one member of the local model railroad club will have a field day. Basically, it comes down to this: Trespassing on railroad property is dangerous and could get you in trouble with the local or railroad police. Unless a locomotive is on public display, it should not be used as a prop.
I’ll probably encourage Van Go to bring out a Operation Lifesaver representative to have a “discussion” with their students.