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Out & About – June 1, 2013

June 1, 2013

I’m not doing a lot of railfanning these days, what with high sun and higher temperatures. But I was able to sneak in a bit this evening en route to pick up our dinner.

The plan was to catch Amtrak #1 as it passed through Sugar Land around 7:30 PM. As I approached the east switch of Sugar Land at 7:20 PM, I noticed a diverging approach aspect for a westbound.

That’s odd. Either the DS is running #1 through the siding or he’s got a westbound freight lined in to clear up for Amtrak. Before I could ponder the question, the answer arrived in the form of a BNSF empty grain train.

BNSF C44-9W 1076 on an empty grain train at Sugar Land, TX

The track in the foreground is the lead to UP’s Sugar Land yard.

BNSF C44-9W 1076 on an empty grain train at Sugar Land, TX

BNSF C44-9W 1076 on an empty grain train at Sugar Land, TX

Amtrak #1 came into view 2-3 minutes after the BNSF train cleared up, passing by me at at 7:33 PM.

Amtrak P42 64 leads the Sunset Limited through Sugar Land, TX on 6/1/2013.

Amtrak P42 64 leads the Sunset Limited through Sugar Land, TX on 6/1/2013.

Amtrak P42 64 leads the Sunset Limited through Sugar Land, TX on 6/1/2013.

With that, it was time to make the 3-mile drive to Domino’s and my 7:45 PM pizza carry-out order. I love it when a plan works out….

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