Out & About – June 26, 2012
I got out a bit this morning with our oldest son, Andy, who’s home on leave from his Senior Airman duties at Dyess AFB.
MOW had the railroad most of the morning, but they gave back their track & time to let Amtrak #2 get by. The sun was much higher than I cared for, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
We went to CP SA017, the east end of Missouri City siding, for our first shots as there was a short UP eastbound waiting for Amtrak to get by.
Within a few minutes, Amtrak #2, the eastbound Sunset Limited, came into view.
The dispatcher told the UP 9675 to sit tight as he needed to get a west and an east by him before he could take them into Houston. That info suggested a meet at Sugar Land, so we headed west to see if we could get a shot of the meet.
We met the eastbound, KCSM 4070, in the Sugar Land siding as it was slowing to a stop.
The planned shot of the meet didn’t happen due to the westbound arriving while we were battling traffic lights. No problem. Plan B was to get the eastbound coming out of the siding at CP SA 025.
How about the SP searchlight signal? How about the azaleas? How about the brutal light? Two out of three ain’t bad… ( Not to be confused with one of the most horrific songs of all time. Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any mental trauma you suffer as a result of clicking the link)
There was another eastbound behind KCSM 4070, but with the temperature at 101°F at 12:01 PM (on the way to our high of 104°F), the comforts of home were more enticing.