FEC 101 thunders through Colfax on a chilly day in northeast Florida. In the consists, 434 now a retro blue, the last GP40-2 ever built.
My very last train of this trip... a UP hotshot intermodal with autos thrown in descending Sloan with an ex SP motor 2nd out. Wife's business trip brings me to Vegas, she teaches I chase UP.
UP was surprising busy the latter half of the week, here a manifest slows at Erie to meet an eastbound. Wife's business trip brings us out here, she teaches while I shoot...she'd rather shoot too.
A loaded coal train crests the grade at Erie. It's hard to imagine this remote looking location is about 10-15 minutes from "The Strip"
Though my wife would rather chase the UP with me, she has to teach, (why we are here). First of our last day for now out here was this UP coal train. We have to come back in March.
The UP was very busy in Vegas this day, here an eastbound empty coal train waits at Wann for a westbound.
An eastbound meets the westbound K line stack train at Erie.
After meeting a hot eastbound, a K line intermodal train eases out of Erie and heads into Jean westbound. I was surprised on how busy the UP was on this day.
The 3rd of a three train parade rolls downhill at Jean.
Wife's business trip brought me to Vegas, I was able to knock off one of my "must have" shots. Luck was a lady and brought me this coal train in Jean passing over Las Vegas Blvd.
UP was busy this day through Vegas, my last train of about 8 seen today was this heavy coal train clawing by an abandoned tunnel in Sloan.
A stacker likely bound for LA crests the grade at Erie on what was a busy day on the UP through Vegas.
A train of covered hoppers hustles west after cresting the grade at Erie.
The 742 local is held for three trains before finally getting a clear to head to the yard at Valley. A careful observer can see some snow way up on the mountain top in the distance.
The 3rd train by in about an hour and a half rolls stacks into Wann.