On June 26th, one of the locomotives on Amtrak train number 4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, failed in New Mexico. They pulled an engine off of its westbound counterpart, train 3; however, they lost around 6 hours in the process.
Saturday Morning, June 27, I was track-side on the BNSF Topeka Sub in Eudora to catch the late passenger train. Because it was overcast, I set my camera speed up to 400, and kept an ear to my newly-acquired scanner, hoping to catch 4 calling the BNSF dispatcher to report their station times after they left Lawrence. I also had a computer program that receives signaling information, and I noticed that 4 had gone past the siding at Lawrence without me hearing the Dispatcher call.
I did hear something on AAR Channel 69 that I had not heard when monitoring the railroad radio with my previous scanner: “B-N-S-F Detector, Milepost two-one-point-eight. No Defects. Repeat: No Defects. Total axles: four-zero. Out.” From where I parked my Subaru, I saw a sign along the tracks reading one-nine, so I’d best be getting myself into position.
On June 30, I heard that Amtrak 4 suffered another engine failure and required another engine off of 3. This time, there was something a little different. The privately-owned car Tioga Pass was on this edition of the Southwest Chief.
The July 7th edition of Amtrak 4 was very late. This time, however, it wasn’t due to engine failure. A BNSF freight train derailed in front of Amtrak, and there was no way to detour around the train.
Because I was helping out my cousin in Perry, I would up hopping across to Lecompton to catch the late 4.
More Photos from these train-watching outings.