Out & About – May 22, 2012
I’ve been inundating you with Amtrak recently. Today will be no exception.
I was home this morning, working on a wedding album, when I heard the Glidden sub DS give track & time limits to MOW between CP SA061 and CP SA049, behind AMTK 167. It was 10:30 AM, so that should put the eastbound Sunset Limited through Stafford just after 11:00 AM.
With that tidbit of knowledge, I headed out to photograph #2 for the first time since the new schedule kicked in on May 7, 2012. I went to the west end of a long curve that starts near MP 20 and continues almost to MP 19.
AMTK 167 came into view at 11:08 AM, with my first shot as it entered the long curve. Note the 3/4 milepost marker adjacent to the head end, signifying MP 19.75.
I know that all grade crossings in the Sugar Land / Stafford area are designated as Quiet Zones. Nevertheless, it’s still disconcerting to see a train approaching Stafford Road at 50 mph without whistling for the grade crossing.
The going-away shot nicely illustrates the length of the curve, with the head end near the 1/4 milepost marker. The 1/2 milepost marker is at the far left of the frame. Straight track resumes just before MP 19, making this curve about 7/10 mile long.
Based on its passage by me at 11:08 AM, the train won’t be making its scheduled arrival time into Houston at 11:10 AM. But thanks to a generous 60 minute layover in Houston, #2 should be able to make an on-time departure at 12:10 PM.