Labor Day weekend on the Marcelline Sub

Usually, Labor Day weekend means that I’m out doing something train related. I decided this year to head out to Camden, Missouri on the Marcelline Sub.

I arrived a little before 10:00 and found that I wasn’t alone – there was another car, and two railfans wearing day-glo orange vests already there waiting on the (late, as is the norm) Amtrak 4. It didn’t take long for the action to kick up.

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BNSF ES44C4s 8178 and 6600 lead a westbound intermodal on Main 1 at 1002

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Another C4, BNSF 7104, along with Dash-9 4399, bring up the markers on the westbound at 1004.

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Amtrak 4 arrives at 1012, led by P42s 151 and 114.

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At 1018, another westbound snuck up on main 1 and came to a stop short of the crossing.

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We heard the horns of an oncoming eastbound. One of the other railfans predicted that it would be on Main 3 (the NS/Wabash Main). Sure enough, it was an eastbound NS freight on 3 that tripped the crossing gates at 1025.

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The charges on this eastbound were NS Dash 9 9823 and a former BN SD60M turned hired gun CBFX 6027.

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The tail end of the NS eastbound rolls by the westbound still waiting on Main 1 at 1027. You can certainly see the separation, along with the lower elevation of the NS/Wabash line compared to the BNSF/Santa Fe iron.

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The westbound intermodal finally moves west again at 1029. Power consists of two BNSF units and two from NS: BNSF 5479 and 7394; NS 9500 and 9869.After the westbound left, my contemporaries decided to call it a day and/or decided to head to another location. From here on out, I was flying solo. I had a seat in my car and started uploading the first set of pics to social media when…

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…my thoughts were interrupted by a westbound “Z” at 1044 with BNSF GEs 5761, 4699, 7974, and 4452 on point.

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An ‘away’ shout of the head end of the westbound “Z”

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I had just enough time to pick out my shots and updated social media before another westbound intermodal came running ’round the bend

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Closeup of BNSF Dash 9 4646

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Closeup of BNSF ES44DC 7620

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BNSF 4646 and 7620 head ’round the bend at 1103

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Coming ‘round on Main 2… It’s gotta be an eastbound “Z” at 1121 led by an ACe.

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The eastbound consist contains not 1, but 2 EMDs. BNSF ES44C4 8248 is sandwiched between SD70ACes 8563 and 8521, with C44-9W 4657 on the rear.

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Parting shot of the eastbound.

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You know that thingamabob you ordered on Amazon? It just might have ridden a “Z” train somewhere along its journey.

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Eastbound intermodal number 2 at 1137 with BNSF 7642 and 5113 on point.

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Eastbound intermodal number 3 at 1156 with four toasters: 4087, 4413, 6956, and 8091.

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The fourth eastbound at 1207 is an appearance by Uncle Pete. UP SD70ACe 8991 and ES44AC 2554 are in charge.

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Away shot of the eastbound UP train.

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After a parade of four eastbound intermodal trains, it was time for a west man to cleanse the palette at 1214.

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Closeup of lead BNSF ES44C4 4279.

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27: Norfolk Southern SD70M 2589 trails the two BNSF units on the west man.

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I was just about to pack it in and head for beans when the train gods asked at 1224: Think ya got room for one more westbound “Z?” Engines are 7325, 7819, 5173, and 7547.

Grand Total: 13 trains in 2 1/2 hours. Surprisingly, no Tier 4’s showed up.

All photos were taken on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

December, 1995

December 1, 1995 LHS Boys’ Basketball opener against St. Thomas Aquinas:
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December 4, 1995: Girls’ Basektball v. KC Washington
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December 14,1995: Girls’ Basektball v. Olathe East (and a fateful photo)
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December 19, 1995: Boys’ Basketball v. Olathe North (last game before Winter Break)
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December 23, 1995: SLT construction and a failed railfan location attempt
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[Christmas Family photos snipped]

December 28, 1995: North Lawrence Railfanning
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November, 1995

November 3, 1995 – Regional v. SM East at South Stadium
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November 4, 1995: Backlit trains and Miscellaneous shots of yet-to-be developed West Lawrence.
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November 10: Snowbound Sub-state rematch against Olathe North @ Haskell Stadium
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November 17: 6A State Football Championship @ KU Memorial Stadium
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November 28, 1995: Pack the House (Marking the start of Basketball season)
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September 1995, part 3

Once I got the picture taking thing started 20 years ago, I just kept going. Thankfully, I should be a little more mobile, which is a good thing, since between the Sat-box, my PC, and Solar heating, I may have Nelly beat on heat generation.

The next photo set I blog will be from October of ’95.

September 14, 1995 – LHS Volleyball Quad

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September 15, 1995 – Football vs. Shawnee Mission East (Haskell Stadium)
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September 16, 1995: Free State High School construction underway
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September 22, 1995: Football @ Olathe South
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September 1995, part 1

OK, in scanning my negatives, Started in June, went through to August, then switched and started from the Top in January.  I guess that means I resume in September, right?

August 23, 1995 – Fall Sports Jamboree @ Haskell Stadium

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August 29, 1995 – LHS Soccer home opener
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September 1, 1995 – LHS Football home opener
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September 2, 1995 – Topeka Railroad Days
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More to come…