The Other Side of BNSF 5872

After I was up and about Monday morning, I learned that instead of heading south from Fort Worth overnight the vehicle train led by BNSF 5872 was just getting ready to leave Alliance Yard. As the overcast skies outside were starting to clear, I changed my plans for the day and left the house a little before 10:00 am to head over to the Fort Worth Sub. The Chisholm Trail Turnpike allowed me to make a fast run to Cleburne where with about two minutes to spare I caught this southbound loaded grain train at Midway on the north side of town at 10:37 am.

The vehicle train led by BNSF 5872 was still in Fort Worth, so I decided to drive up to Joshua to catch it in a more scenic location. At 11:30 am I was rewarded with this well-lit sequence of the other side of this anniversary unit.

While waiting for this train I had seen on social media that Amtrak 22 had their heritage engine 156 leading this day so I decided to follow the 5872 to see what might develop in the way of a meet. I paced the train through Cleburne thinking it would meet Amtrak 22 at Rio Vista or Blum; and I decided to go to Blum as I once again wanted a less urban background.

I heard a northbound take the siding at Kopperl to let Amtrak overtake it, so I set up at the grade crossing in the middle of the Blum siding. The southbound vehicle train was taking the siding at Rio Vista. At 12:54 pm, Train 22 flashed past milepost 304 at 79 mph with the 156 leading in a patch of sun surrounded by increasing clouds.

The southbound shot here was too head on for what I wanted, so I drove to the crossing at the north end of the Blum siding for a better side view. at 1:13 pm I caught the 5872 South one more time just before it passed the north switch at Blum holding the main for a meet with the northbound that had been at Kopperl. I really lucked out here as I had been standing in a cloud shadow that cleared this scene just seconds before the train arrived.

Minutes later the BNSF 7770 North rolled out of the Blum siding with a manifest train in tow.

I heard on the radio this train was going to take the siding again at Rio Vista to meet a southbound freight so I decided to hold my position. BNSF 5802 South came past me at 1:56 pm.

An extra special treat for the day was in the middle of the engine consist in the form of Dash 9-44CW number 967 in heritage one paint.

Now that it was 2:00 pm on a day that I had originally planned to work at home, I decided to start heading back north and maybe finish up the day with a well-lit photo of Amtrak 21 coming south. I checked their website and saw that Train 21 was indeed in Fort Worth expected to depart on time at 2:10 pm.

From what I could hear on the radio Train 21 was delayed a few minutes leaving town and the BNSF 7770 North I had already caught was taking the siding at Joshua to meet it. Traffic was in my favor and I made it to Joshua just as I heard the detector south of Crowley sound it’s all clear. I was ready as Train 21 with P42 number 75 leading shot past the north end of Joshua.

I was not sure until I checked the viewfinder afterwards, but a quick twist on the zoom ring yielded a second photo of this fast mover.

The going away photo was not ideal but since there was a northbound in the siding I took it anyway.

With no other immediate southbounds to take advantage of the afternoon light, I headed on home from here. Not a bad day having now captured both sides of the BNSF 5872 in good light; and also something else that may soon be rare here — two Amtrak trains on the same day since next month in theory Trains 21 and 22 will no longer run daily due to budget cuts.

My Third BNSF 25th Anniversary Locomotive

On the morning of Sunday September 13th I was notified that BNSF 5872 was leading a Wellington, Kansas to Pearland, Texas vehicle train passing Oklahoma City. The weather was overcast at the time so I decided to wait to make decision as to if and where to catch it. The clouds started to clear up after lunch and it became evident that if I wanted to catch the train in daylight I would need to be north of Alliance Yard.

I left the house around 3:00 pm and made my way north following the Fort Worth Sub looking for likely spots to photograph the train on the way back south. I met up with Troy Minnick and other railfan friends at Metro when it became evident the vehicle train would be meeting Amtrak 822 there. At 6:13 pm the BNSF 5872 South arrived and started to pull slowly down the siding.

I quickly relocated to the west end of the siding where Amtrak 822 rolled north up the main at 6:18 pm.

I quickly switched to my second camera body with the 100 – 400 zoom for this meet photo.

Now that Amtrak was out of the way, I concentrated on this sequence of the 25th Anniversary unit’s passage.

Since the train was moving slowly back to the main I had time to jump ahead for this view from the shoulder of FM 156 with the Krum water tower.

I made it through Krum without delay, and so with a mile lead on the train I pulled over just north of the north switch at Ponder for this slightly more nose on photo.

A quick twist of the zoom nailed this close up view of the speeding train.

Traffic through Ponder was light enough that the chase group was able to make it to the clearing just north of Justin for this final (for me anyway) photograph of the train at 6:45 pm before the setting sun dropped behind a cloud bank in the west.

On the way home at 7:50 pm I encountered a westbound UP intermodal struggling up the grade out of Fort Worth to Iona, so I pulled over at the location of the old west end of the siding for this “hail mary” shot at ISO 6400.

I assumed the vehicle train would be somewhere around Temple by Monday morning, but I was happily proven wrong.

BNSF 6017 Makes a Quick Turn Around

After photographing BNSF 6017 on Monday heading south with a loaded coal train for the Houston area, this Wednesday morning found the now northbound empty train cycling back to the mine. Even though it was overcast and rainy, I decided to head over to Joshua this morning to see it pass by. As I pulled up to the crossing where I first planned to catch the train, suddenly the gates and lights activated and I found my path blocked by the northbound Alliance Yard to Cleburne local pulling up the siding.

I quickly made a U-turn and drove towards the north end of the siding. As I got close I could hear the horn of what turned out to be a southbound grain train heading down the main. I pulled off the street and raced to the top of the small hill behind the fire station to grab this last second shot.

I drove the remaining few hundred yards to the crossing just north of the north switch and shot the single DPU going away from me.

A few minutes later the northbound local came out of the siding as the two GE’s cycled up to full throttle.

The local went to Crowley where it met another southbound train. About ten minutes later this turned out to be a single unit pulling one of BNSF’s Track Laying Machines or “TLM” for short.

It is hard to explain from just these photos how these puzzle pieces go together to “transform” into a working TLM, so I will save that for another day. I heard on the radio that the empty coal led by 6017 was coming through Cleburne to meet this train so I drove north of Joshua to Silver Valley Street by the local baseball fields. I did not have to wait long for this view as the train roared by towards Fort Worth.

Satisfied with this two photo sequence, I moved to the other side of the street to complete the morning with one more photo of the DPU’s whining by.

So far it had only rained a few drops all morning, but on the way back home towards Aledo the skies darkened and a downpour engulfed my vehicle as I covered the last few miles of a successful trip.

First 25th Anniversary Locomotive through Fort Worth

Yesterday September 7th marked Labor Day and the first visit of one of the BNSF’s 25th Anniversary locomotives to the Fort Worth area. BNSF 6017 was leading a loaded coal train from the Powder River Basin to a power plant southwest of Houston. The train left Wichita Falls at 5:30 am and while other dedicated railfans were out chasing it before dawn, for my first catch I chose after sunrise photos at 7:51 am in Rhome, Texas along with Jadon Henderson and Steve Grabman.

There was no room at Saginaw for the loaded coal train to exit the Wichita Falls Sub, so it took the siding at Avondale to meet two westbound trains out of Alliance Yard.

I think there were seven or eight of us “foamers”, some of who were BNSF employees here at the Avondale-Haslet Road crossing. I will keep their identities a secret in case any of them are not “out of the closet” at work! 🙂 We were all ready when this bare table train roared by led by a pair of older “Heritage Two” painted units.

The second westbound train had yet to leave Alliance Yard so I put on my BNSF contractor required PPE and followed the rules to get a few closeup photos while the train was not moving.

I made my way safely back down to the group at the crossing and twenty minutes later a westbound train of empty containers flew by.

By now the “East Pass” at Saginaw had opened up for the loaded coal train to move up to so the dispatcher lined it out of the siding immediately after the westbound.

From here thanks to it being a holiday, Jadon Henderson and I beat the train to the East Industrial Avenue crossing in Saginaw at 10:46 am.

We heard the train was not called out until 2:00 pm, so I went home for lunch and at around 3:00 pm showed up at the park on the south side of the Trinity River bridges north of downtown Fort Worth. A number of other fans had gathered here by the time the train rolled over the BNSF bridge at 4:02 pm.

This is the view I was aiming for.

I wanted to catch the train one more time at either Crowley or Joshua so I quickly left my companions and headed south on I35. When I passed downtown I could see the loaded coal train had not been held up at Tower 55 and was rolling smartly across the diamonds. I decided not to risk the train beating me to Crowley and headed for Joshua.

Jadon Henderson had gone to Crowley and let me know the train had been delayed by a northbound at Birds. Now with time to spare I set up at a spot with good shadowless afternoon light and a nice background. At 4:59 pm I composed my final sequence of this train for the day.

Since this was the end of my chase, I waited for the two DPU’s to drift by as the train headed down grade towards Cleburne.

Overhearing that a northbound train was arriving for a meet at Midway in Cleburne, I waited a few minutes and caught the BNSF 5720 leading a vehicle train.

In retrospect, I wish I had been ready to make a sound recording as the K5LH horn on this unit sounded as close to a Nathan M5 as I have heard in a long time. For those who have not had the pleasure, check out the M5 recordings under the “Horns” tab on the home page.

Central of Georgia on a Rainy Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon September 1st an approaching cold front was generating a line of thunderstorms to the west of Fort Worth. I had learned earlier in the day that Norfolk Southern 8101, their Central of Georgia heritage locomotive, was leading the westbound ZAILC known as the “Laser”. Driving over to Aledo before the train was indicated to pass Fort Worth I set up in my “go to” spot next to the old Iona depot.

Just before 4:00 pm the dispatcher called the ZAILC on the radio and told them they would be held at Iona until 4:45 pm due to a high wind warning further west. This allowed the dispatcher to bring an eastbound intermodal up the grade through Aledo at 4:14 pm.

The sun popped out for a moment to illuminate the stacks against the black sky to the west.

The eastbound cleared up at Iona, and apparently the high wind warning was lifted a few minutes early as at 4:34 pm my target train rolled west through town for this sequence.

I have caught this locomotive already when it was cleaner and in better light, but this close to home it was hard to resist. A following westbound was lead by the KCS 4009 Employee Salute locomotive, but I learned it would not leave Fort Worth until after 8:00 pm. I headed on home as the heavier rain started, and by this morning we have received 4.5 inches to help our grass and trees.

Hurricane Laura Version of Amtrak 21

Early Saturday morning August 29th I headed out for a friend’s house north of Aledo to help him learn how to fly his new drone. On the way into Aledo I noticed I was pacing a westbound UP train on the Baird Sub that turned out to be the IDISI from Dallas to the Santa Teresa facility just west of El Paso. In true PSR fashion, what used to be a pure intermodal train had about forty varied freight cars ahead of the stacks.

I had my camera in the seat next to me, and just as I crossed the tracks in Aledo the crossing protection started. Westbounds in the morning are severely backlit, but the timing here was too good to pass up so with only seconds to spare I got into position for this view.

Even though the DPU would have better lighting going away, with all the traffic piling up on the other side of the long train I decided to move on while I had an open road ahead of me. As the morning progressed I noticed in social media that Amtrak 21 was coming south this day with three locomotives and 14 cars rather than the normal one unit and seven cars. After reaching San Antonio, the additional two units and seven cars would become Sunday’s westbound Sunset Limited to Los Angeles as Amtrak recovers from Hurricane Laura’s cancellations.

I decided to head over to Crowley on the BNSF Fort Worth Sub for a well lit afternoon view of Amtrak 21 going south. Even though northbound Amtrak 22 had the veteran’s engine number 42 leading I decided not to race to catch it due to heavy backlighting for afternoon northbound trains. I already have good shots of Amtrak 42, but in retrospect maybe I should have captured it again. Later last night the train hit a downed tree near Hope, Arkansas on the UP and number 42 was damaged.

Amtrak 21 was in the Fort Worth station with Amtrak 22 holding at Birds for a good while as I waited in the sweltering heat in Crowley. Finally the BNSF dispatcher sent a loaded coal train south with the instructions that the train would be taking the siding at Rio Vista south of Cleburne for Amtrak 21 to go around it. When it passed me in Crowley at 3:57 pm, the loaded coal was doing the 55 mph track speed and all four units were in Run 8.

About 20 minutes later Amtrak 21 left the station in Fort Worth and at 4:33 pm it raced past me doing every bit of 79 mph. I had carefully chosen this spot as I knew I would be able to get the oversized train in one photo.

I barely had time to compose a going away shot with the Crowley water tower before the train disappeared from view.

With the car thermometer showing 106 degrees I decided it was time to head home with the intended catch in the bag so to speak. Saturday night into Sunday morning we got just under one inch of much welcome rain. Two hundred miles east people received way more than they needed or wanted. A speedy recovery to all my friends who were in the path of the storm!

The First of Ten

BNSF announced recently they would be releasing ten units specially decorated for the railroad’s 25th Anniversary. The first unit, ES44C4 number 6111 was released from Mid America in Kansas City last week and the first revenue train it was assigned to was a KCKTPL from Kansas City to Temple.

Normally this would have meant it would come south right through the Fort Worth area on the BNSF Red Rock and Fort Worth Subs, but for reasons still not clear to me that particular train went west from Kansas City on the Transcon to Amarillo. Next it went to Canyon and turned south to Lubbock on the Hereford Sub and then southeast over the Slaton and Lampasas Subs to Temple.

Watching this unfold on social media, I decided to try for an intercept on Sunday afternoon when the train passed through the area around Brownwood which is a little over 100 miles from the house. I could have gone west to Sweetwater to start a chase but that would mean driving 100 miles further and catching it during the high sun part of the day. My goal was to catch it when the sun was lower in the western sky on Sunday afternoon.

I checked the maps and sun calculators looking for tangents where the train would be heading more due south than southwest, because as the sun got lower in the northwestern sky the train would be totally back lit. All this worked out to indicate the Brownwood area would be my best bet with the least time and driving invested. After all there will eventually be ten of these locomotives running around.

I left home around 10:30 am to allow extra time to stop and photograph anything I encountered along the way. FWWR was quiet and I made it all the way to Brownwood before hearing the Texas Rock Crusher railroad switching on the radio. I first went by their offices and found three ex-Canadian SD40-3’s silently tied down on the quarry lead.

I drove by the west end of the BNSF yard and found their two GP38’s ready to head out with a long cut of cars. The sun raced to get behind a cloud for my first photo as the train pulled down to the switch to enter the industrial track heading to the southwest part of town.

My fortunes improved as the train headed southwest down the spur and the sun came back out.

I had intel that the KCKTPL had arrived in Sweetwater just before 1:00 pm and while I had hoped it would make a quick crew change and head my way, it did not leave until after 2:00 pm. This was pushing my sun timetable back by an hour so I decided to start heading west towards the train and pick my first spot based on the current light.

I found my most promising spot just west of the east switch at Cameron siding where the tracks angled to the south. I figured I had time so I explored a bit further and snapped this view of the old derelict Santa Fe depot.

As I got back into the SUV I heard the dispatcher call the 6111 East and give it a new track warrant to meet the first of three westbounds at Obregon between Santa Ana and Bangs. The train was about ten miles west of me at Silver Valley so I drove back to my spot and got ready. At 4:20 pm I recorded my first and what in retrospect was my best sequence of the trip. The second unit and the train itself were not all that photogenic so after this shot I concentrated on the 6111.

This is the photo I consider the best overall effort for the day. An hour earlier there would have been more direct sun on the nose but Lightroom took care of it to my satisfaction.

Here is a close up of the predecessor railroad decals applied to both sides of the unit.

The train was making perhaps 45 to 50 mph so I had no trouble getting ahead of it quickly. I took a few shots in Santa Anna where I ran into Danny Click and his two sons, but I did not like the results as the train was too backlit. I followed Danny to a crossing just west of Obregon where we could see the headlight of the westbound holding the main. I was able to get a few acceptable shots here as the 6111 slowed to take the siding.

Danny and I took advantage of the meet and jumped ahead to Bangs where I chose to take a more scenic shot.

While waiting for the train to arrive in Bangs, Danny had mentioned that I should catch it passing the Brownwood Depot. I thought that was an excellent suggestion and headed straight there after this photo was on the memory card. I really like how this shot turned out for the existing lighting conditions.

The 6111 East was going to meet two westbounds here, the first of which was an empty coal train coming into town as I took this photo. The KCKTPL pulled down into the siding and stopped in a spot that was hard to get to and very backlit. I decided to skip the second westbound here and go on to Zephyr for the third westbound in good light followed by my next somewhat backlit photo of the 6111. My final goal would to be to get the 6111 with broadside light in Goldthwaite where the tracks turned due south for a few miles.

That was my plan anyway, but one should always remember the railroad if anything is unpredictable and this turned out to be my last shot of 6111 for the day. In hindsight I should have stayed and worked up a shot of the empty coal train as I would have plenty of time to cool my heels at Zephyr. When I arrived I imagined the third westbound would roar through Zephyr at any moment, and I quickly took this photo of a now rare sign in this age.

I waited and listened, waited and listened, rinse and repeat. After about 45 minutes the third westbound appeared in the form of a windmill gearbox train that was making all of 20 mph as it passed me. At least the head on photo at milepost 336 was perfectly lit.

As it was now after 7:00pm and the sun would set in a little over an hour. I did the train speed math and figured after this dog covered the ten miles to Brownwood and the 6111 started rolling my way it would not reach Goldthwaite until after the usable light was gone.

Reviewing once again on the camera screen, I decided I was happy with my earlier photos and it was time to call it a day. While this was the first engine to be released, once again there will be ample future opportunities when there are ten of them out on the road. I headed for home and arrived a few minutes before 9:00 pm after a successful Sunday gamble.

Saturday morning with Ethan

My friend Ethan Whetstone was in Fort Worth on Saturday August 22nd and I met him in the morning down south of Tower 55. As I have spent a lot of time there over the past thirty years I decided to just watch while Ethan kept busy photographing. After a while we moved over to the T&P Depot platform where both TRE and TEXRail put in an appearance.

Next we moved north to the linear park under the railroad bridges on the south side of the Trinity River. Fortunately the city had recently mowed the tall grass here so it was easier to move about off the paved trail. Ethan caught a TEXRail train and we were both ready when Amtrak 821 passed by on the last leg of its trip south from Oklahoma City on the BNSF. Ethan set up on the embankment while I stayed down by the trail.

Staying in the shade under the UP Choctaw Sub Main One bridge, I caught a northbound BNSF transfer job on the UP Duncan Sub heading back to North Yard from Peach Yard.

Before long a loaded coal train came down the BNSF Fort Worth Sub from Saginaw just as a UP train left Peach northbound on the Duncan Sub. With the coal train being my target I took a quick grab shot of the UP train looking under the Choctaw Main One bridge to my right.

With only seconds to spare I swiveled to the left for this photo.

The coal loads whined on by and a few minutes later the DPU’s were winding up to full throttle to shove up the hill as they passed Ethan’s position.

A northbound vehicle train was waiting at the north end of double track at CP Bredenberg. It had been there for both Amtrak and the loaded coal train so it wasted no time as soon as a green signal was displayed to move up to Saginaw.

It was now around 2:00 pm and I had other tasks to accomplish Saturday afternoon so I said goodbye to Ethan and a good morning of railfanning!

All Union Pacific All Day

On Thursday August 20th I had photo work to do for a client near Hearne, Texas. I was headed in that direction when at 7:53 am I came across an eastbound UP MLDMN train (Laredo, TX to Marion, AR) leaving “Little Brazos” on its way towards Palestine after a crew change.

In true PSR fashion, in addition to the intermodal on the head end, the train had a little bit of everything trailing including several cars of automobile frames from Mexico.

A single SD70ACe was shoving hard on the rear as the head end of the train moved from the Austin Sub onto the Hearne Sub.

At 11:17 am while flying the drone, I managed this photo of the UP 2658 leading a MASMX (Gateway Yard, IL to Mexico City) southbound train out of Hearne approaching Tatsie on the ex-SP Giddings Sub while in the upper left another UP train is heading due north on the ex-MP Fort Worth Sub to Valley Junction.

On the way to Bryan for lunch I heard a northbound train leaving College Station on the Navasota Sub, so I pulled over in west Bryan at 11:59 am to photograph the MHOSS (Houston, TX to St. Paul, MN) led by SD70ACe 8938.

I really wished the second unit, very clean SD70AH 3037 had been leading.

After delivering my completed photos and starting back towards Fort Worth, at 5:27 pm I caught the IMNMX (Marion, AR to Mexico City) train pulling onto the Giddings Sub from a crew change at the “back door” of the old SP yard office in Hearne.

The pace picked up as I turned north onto Highway 6 and spotted a northbound MEGDV (Eagle Pass, TX to Dupo, IL) heading my way. I quickly pulled over just north of the diamond and photographed the UP 5855 leaving on the Hearne Sub for Palestine at 5:33 pm.

Getting back on Highway 6 north, I drove less than a mile before sighting a southbound train approaching on the Ennis Sub. I quickly pulled over onto the shoulder and took this view at 5:37 pm of the UP 8617 leading a GSVTHO (Hastings, NE to Houston, TX) grain train south toward the diamond still occupied by the MEGDV train heading for Palestine.

I was able to easily pull back onto Highway 6 north as the MEGDV was still blocking the crossing behind me. Two miles up the road I pulled over one more time at 5:40 pm as I encountered a MNPEW (North Platte, NE to Englewood Yard, TX) train stopped at the north end of Seeger.

Photographing four trains on three different subdivisions in thirteen minutes was a rush, but now the excitement was over as I drove north to Waco and took I35 North towards home. the radio was pretty quiet until just south of Alvarado when I heard a train call the UP dispatcher for the signal at the junction where the BNSF Venus Sub crosses the UP Fort Worth Sub. I made an impulsive decision and took the highway 67 exit to make my way to the street crossing both lines just north of the Junction.

Not knowing from which direction the train was coming, I stood at ready while lining up on the one sliver of light left before sunset. In a few minutes I heard a horn to the south down by the junction, and at 7:31 pm the UP 5807 accelerated by me on the UP Fort Worth Sub. This train was the LBC45 local with a dozen or so cars from the Midlothian Rail Park over BNSF trackage rights on its way north to UP Ney Yard in Fort Worth.

Many years ago, Alvarado Junction a mile south of my location where the BNSF Venus Sub crosses the UP Fort Worth Sub was set up as a diamond crossing. After UP gained trackage rights on the Venus Sub, it was replaced with a pair of back-to-back switches for greater flexibility. The BNSF Venus Sub is in the foreground in the previous photo and Cleburne is twelve miles behind me.

Oh, and from here I made it on home without seeing any more trains!

Luminant Kosse Mine Railroad

Wednesday August 19th found me driving south to Bryan, TX to perform a photo assignment for a client the next day. It had been over a year since the last time I had checked on the ten-mile rail line between the Luminant Kosse, TX strip coal mine and the Luminant Energy Oak Grove power plant north of Franklin, TX. Driving east from Kosse on Texas 7, when I passed over the north end of the railroad close to the mine I could see one of the two SD70ACe’s under the shed but no sign of any active loaded or empty train sets.

Normal operations see two active train sets with about 45 coal hoppers between a home made cab car on the north end and a radio-controlled locomotive on the south end. I drove to the first of only two public grade crossings on the line about two miles south of the mine loadout and the rails were shiny. I figured I had enough Union Pacific photos and would rather have another photo session with this specialized operation.

It was 2:30 pm and I had about three hours to kill before I needed to head on to Bryan. Armed with water and reading materials, I decided to camp out here as chasing trains is impossible on this line due to no paralleling roads. I cycled through reading a railroad magazine, drinking some water, and listened intently for any sound of a train approaching from either direction.

Even I was starting to lose faith when at 5:15 pm I heard the blare of a Nathan K3LA to the south indicating the approach of a northbound empty train heading back to the mine. I quickly grabbed the camera and set up to capture the unique cab car with empty hoppers trailing behind as the crossing protection behind me started up and the gates went down.

The train was rolling along at about 25 mph as the cab car came by me. The operator was waving and gave me a few extra toots on the horn. I’ll bet it is pretty loud right over his head.

As I looked back to spot the power I was expecting to see an SD70ACe pushing, but instead a pair of ex-SP SD40T-2 “tunnel motors” were doing the honors. I believe this is their backup power.

I wheeled back around for the best lighting on the units and the part of the train that was still visible. This was my “shot of the day”.

Then I zoomed in for one more view of the locomotives before hopping in the SUV and heading back to the Highway 7 overpass for one last look before departing.

When I stopped at the west end of the overpass I was surprised to see a loaded train led by an SD70ACe ex-Caterpillar demonstrator sitting in the distance as one of the massive coal transports arrived from the strip mine. In this telephoto view you can see the empty train I just photographed to the right of the telephone pole as it pulls into the loadout; and the other SD70ACe parked under the locomotive shed to the right of that. A cab car and four empty hoppers are parked in the foreground.

Here is a better view of one of the giant coal transports that pass by every few minutes as seen from the public overpass.

I waited fifteen minutes and saw no sign that the coal load was going to move. I had done well with the SD70AC’e on my previous visit so I decided it was time to move on to my destination for the night in Bryan.