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ACe in Your Face

July 20, 2012

I haven’t gotten much railfanning in recently due to the last 2-3 weeks of clouds and rain around Houston. Not that the weather pattern has changed, but I did get out this afternoon.

I was monitoring the road channel when I heard UP 8735, the MEWSA-19, get cleared through a form B near Heacker. I knew UP 8735 is a fairly new SD70Ace, so it was worth a shot at a shot.

I could see thunderstorms to the east, so westward I went. I headed to CP SA025, the east switch of Sugar Land siding, hoping that I could stay west of the heavy clouds and use them as a dramatic backdrop for the (hopefully) bright yellow locomotive.

As it turned out, the MEWSA took the siding at Sugar Land, giving me a more head-on shot than I wanted, but how ’bout them clouds?

Union Pacific SD70ACe 8735 at Sugar Land, TX on 7/19/2012

There was a fleet of trains, but they were all eastbounds, so it was an easy decision to head home.

I have got a huge backlog of stuff from the last several months, so bad weather or not, I should be able to get a few more posts up in the near future.

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