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10 Minutes – 2 Trains

January 22, 2011

After spending the better part of the day doing chores at home, it was time to get out into a beautiful Saturday afternoon in South Texas. I ended up driving toward Rosenberg. I thought that between the UP and BNSF, I might have something in good light at Tower 17.

About halfway to Rosenberg, I heard the Glidden sub dispatcher give a track warrant to KCSM 4658, authorizing it between MP 2.5 to CP SA036 on the Rosenberg sub.

An eastbound. That’s nice, but I’d much rather a westbound.

Ask and ye shall receive, because a few moments later the DS said that he’d bring the KCSM into the terminal after he ran one west by him at 17.

By the time I got to Tower 17, the KCSM 4658 was already there. Within several minutes, the detector at MP 34.5 announced that the westbound was getting close.

The first 3 shots show UP 6558 crossing the BNSF at CP SA036 and going over the switch where the Rosenberg sub diverges from the Glidden sub mainline.

Union Pacific train at Rosenberg, Texas
Union Pacific train at Rosenberg, TX

Union Pacific freight train at Rosenberg, TX

Pivoting to face west, I was able to get the 6558 heading west while the KCSM 4658 waits for its turn to go.

KCS and UP freight trains at Rosenberg, TX

After visiting a few moments with the KCS crew, their signal flipped to green, allowing them to enter the Glidden sub eastward.

KCS freight train at Rosenberg, TX

KCS freight train at Rosenberg, TX

KCS freight train at Rosenberg, TX

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Whitenight permalink
    January 22, 2011 11:31 pm

    Robert, what does TWC mean on the marker?

  2. January 22, 2011 11:48 pm

    TWC = Track Warrant Control

  3. January 23, 2011 3:19 pm


    Your stretch of the Sunset Route may have seen a similar amount of traffic Saturday, like you mentioned it getting on Friday. In the space of app. 30 minutes during the 4 o’clock hour on Saturday afternoon, I saw three trains cross Bellaire Blvd. A SB manifest, a SB doublestack, and a NB Martin Marietta rock train.

    Have you noticed a consistent pickup in traffic through Sugar Land lately?


    • January 23, 2011 11:40 pm

      I don’t know that traffic is increasing per se, but it seems to be concentrated at certain times. Early morning and late afternoons particularly due to recent day-long work windows due to bridge work just east of Hwy. 6

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