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4 In A Row

January 14, 2015

It’s been exceptionally cloudy in Southeast Texas for the last 6 weeks, but there was a short respite from the darkness this past Tuesday, 1/6/2015.

Shortly after 9:00 AM, the Glidden dispatcher told MOW forces that they could have the track after he ran 4 eastbounds. Nothing like an oncoming fleet to get me out the door!

The first train was waiting at the prison road crossing hold-out spot near MP 26.5. Upon arriving, I saw that the lead unit was KCS 4191, a brand-new SD70ACe. Ahhhhh, yes, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh paint in the morning

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX on freight train

After a few shots, KCS 4191 East got underway.

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX on freight train

They only look this way for a short time:

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX

Trailing unit SD70ACe 4011 looks quite austere compared to the 4191.

KCS SD70ACE 4011 at Sugar Land TX

My original plan was to let the 4 trains come to me, but brand-new power calls for a chase. The pursuit started out inauspiciously when the first 4-5 traffic lights screwed me over. Happily, my frustration was in vain because the train had to slow down for some slow orders and I was able to set up just east of MP 24 with no rush.

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX on freight train

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Sugar Land TX on freight train

Since the train was slow-rolling, I moved up to Missouri City near MP 18 for another view:

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Missouri City TX on freight train

Since the getting was still good, I moved to West Junction for a final shot of the eastbound KCS manifest:

KCS SD70ACE 4191 at Houston TX on freight train

Amtrak #2 was a few minutes behind KCS 4191 so I stayed put at West Junction for it:

Amtrak P42 23 on train 2, Sunset limited, at Houston TX

Amtrak P42 23 on train 2, Sunset limited, at Houston TX

Amtrak P42 23 on train 2, Sunset limited, at Houston TX

Amtrak P42 199 on train 2, Sunset limited, at Houston TX

Amtrak, Sunset limited, at Houston TX

Minutes after Amtrak was UP 8587 leading UP’s hottest Glidden sub eastbound, the ZLAJX (expedited Los Angeles-Jackson, MS):

Union Pacific SD70ACE 8587 on ZLAJX freight train at houston TX

It seems like every other UP road engine has its trucks and fuel tank caked over with red dirt:

Union Pacific SD70ACE 8587 on ZLAJX freight train at houston TX

The Tropicana reefers are a fixture on the head-end of the ZLAJX:

1-6-17_WEB

Another fixture on this train is a single DPU on the rear:

Union Pacific ES44AC 7931 on ZLAJX freight train at houston TX

Notice the red dirt on the undercarriage of UP 7931:

Union Pacific ES44AC 7931 on ZLAJX freight train at houston TX

The last train was just far enough away to allow me to move 1 1/2 miles west to Heacker where I caught UP manifest MKBHO with 2 BNSF Dash 9’s on the point:

BNSF C44-9W 5469 on UP freight train MKBHO at Heacker TX

BNSF C44-9W 5469 on UP freight train MKBHO at Heacker TX

By the time I got to my car, MOW already had their track and time authority in place, putting an end to the festivities. No matter, 4 in a row ain’t too shabby. Besides, I was ready for some lunch…

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  1. Howard Bingham permalink
    January 14, 2015 2:49 am

    Nice to see the Glidden Sub so busy on a weekday & colorful parade of motive power….

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