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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

May 4, 2011

We were headed to CP SA025,  the east switch of Sugar Land, late yesterday afternoon. There would be some sweet light there for two westbounds that were headed that way.

Unfortunately, the traffic gods had other plans for us. The first westbound overtook us while we were sitting in traffic.  Of course, it couldn’t be just another generic UP or BNSF train.

It was a KCS train with 4 standard cab EMD’s for power. You don’t see that every day!

We caught up to it at the west switch of  Sugar Land siding. The light wasn’t very good, but at least the train had stopped just short of some deep shadows.

KCS freight train at Sugar Land, Texas

The second westbound was upon us. It was on the main, running around the KCS train. At first glance, there was no shot due to the deep shadows. But there was a little patch of light between the shadows…

That didn’t turn out too bad. Now for the shot of the all old-school EMD consist. Check out the third unit, KCSM 3842. It’s been painted into Belle colors. It would’ve been nice on the point!

KCS freight train at Sugar Land, TX

The stack train had a diverging approach signal at CP SA029, the east switch of Harlem. Note how close the west switch of Sugar Land is to the east switch of Harlem.

One last shot of the KCSM 3821. It would sit here another two hours, until 9:45 PM, due to several KCS trains having to come off of the Rosenberg sub before they could take the 3821 southward.

I didn’t get the shot I wanted, but I’ll try to be philosophical about it. A wise man once said:

You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

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