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May 9, 2012

After photographing the inaugural run of Amtrak’s westbound Sunset Limited at its new time this past Monday in less than ideal conditions, I found myself trackside this evening hoping for better luck.

When I arrived at the east switch of Sugar Land siding (MP 25) at 1920, there was nice light. I thought I could replicate the shot from Monday, but by 7:30 PM I had to re-locate due to shadows from the Nalco Chemical offices creeping across the right-of-way.

I ended up about 200 yards west of where I had originally set up, not the shot I wanted, but light trumps scenery. It’s not ideal light, but then again the sun is barely above the horizon, so I won’t complain.

At 7:36 PM, the train arrived.

Amtrak train #1, the Sunset Limited, passes through Sugar Land, TX at sunset on May 9, 2012.

Amtrak train #1, the Sunset Limited, passes through Sugar Land, TX at sunset on May 9, 2012.

Amtrak train #1, the Sunset Limited, passes through Sugar Land, TX at sunset on May 9, 2012.

Just like that, the train was by me. In reviewing the file data, I see the first image was captured at 7:36:02, the last image was made at 7:36:16.

It seems like a lot of time and effort must be expended for a mere 14 seconds of photography, but somebody’s got to do it…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 9:45 pm

    Good work, and just while these shot possibilities for this train now open up for you, they essentially close for me here in southeastern Louisiana!

    • May 9, 2012 10:22 pm

      Thanks for the compliment! With the new NOL departure at 0900, any shots of #1 in your neck of the woods would be backlit?

      • May 9, 2012 10:31 pm

        Mostly, yes, though there are a few places that might be good for midday in the fall and winter (or when it’s cloudy.)
        I will try to remember to plug your stuff in one of my upcoming posts. I don’t know if you saw, but I have an automatic mailing list for my blog now.

      • May 21, 2012 10:29 am

        Yo, foamie, I plugged your stuff in my latest post here:

  2. Howard Bingham permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:00 pm

    Just try to catch #2, this morning it was reported as 22 hours late & by the time I checked the status map’s, it had completely dropped off the map with no notation of service disruption..

    • May 9, 2012 10:18 pm

      That’s crazy. It departed Houston around 7 AM yesterday morning, supposedly arriving NOL by end of day yesterday. Here in about 45 minutes, #2 of the 9th will depart LA, scheduled to be into Houston 11:10 AM on Friday. We’ll see…

  3. OZARK WEAVERS permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:36 am



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