GOP Primary 2018

As I usually do, I share my election picks after my ballot is in the collection box.

Kansas Governor: Without question, I chose incumbent governor Jeff Colyer. There was no way in hell I was going to let current Secretary of State Kris Kobach anywhere near Cedar Crest if I had anything to say about it. If Kobach makes it to general, I will vote for the Democrat – whomever he or she may be.

US House – 2nd District: Our incumbent, Lynn Jenkins, is not running for re-election. To replace her, I choose Doug Jones of Wellsville.  When I wrote the Kansas congressional delegation, I also sent a copy to Jones, along with the Democrat Candidate, Paul Davis.

Secretary of State: Maybe this is a sympathy vote, but I picked Scott Schwab. One thing’s for certain: he’s not Kris Kobach.

Insurance Commissioner: I picked Clark Schultz. Incumbent insurance commissioner Ken Selzer ran for governor and, therefore, did not run in this race. The other candidate was state Rep. Vicki Schmidt, whom I believe is part of the Kansas house leadership.

County Commissioner: Lynn Luck. Incumbent advantage, ‘nuff said.

Running unopposed on the GOP primary. Attorney General Dereck Schmidt, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner, and 47th District Kansas House Rep Ron Ellis. Schmidt will face Sarah Swain in the general. Swain was effectively disavowed by the Democrats, especially after a picture of a poster she commissioned for her law office made the rounds in the law enforcement community. My current state senator, Marci Francisco, is running for Treasurer on the Democrat side. I will likely vote for her in the general.

Recent Railfan Photography

Okay, it’s been a while, but I have taken a few trips railfanning lately.

May 31: I went south of Paola to catch a Amtrak charter running from Springfield to Kansas City.

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June 24: I spent an hour or so on “Don Ball Curve” by the Lawrence Visitor’s Center (AKA the Union Pacific Depot) on my birthday.

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July 4: Before shooting off fireworks, I shot some trains down by Ottawa (along with my traditional Saturday morning greeting of Amtrak 4)

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Not the usual station

On a normal day, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stops at the station in Lawrence.

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However, it is not this station.

The November 13th edition of the Chief was detoured over the Union Pacific line between Hutchinson and Kansas City due to a derailment. Although the UP line goes through Topeka and Lawrence, the station stops at these locations were cancelled.

November already?

For being without a day job, it seems I’ve been rather busy….

October brought a pair of “Special” Amtrak trains, and a new interchange on K-7 in Johnson County.

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8 Trains in one hour

Saturday morning, I woke up early to open the Lawrence Depot and Greet the eastbound Southwest Chief, as I have occasionally done as a volunteer. It was the first time since the new signs were installed and turned on that I had done so. After the train left and the lights were turned off, I headed to Pomona, on the BNSF line in Franklin County. At that location, I saw a whopping 10 trains in all, including 8 trains during the 8 O’clock hour.

I did not get a good pic of two of the trains, but I was able to snag shots of the other 8, plus Saturday’s Chief at Lawrence.

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Roadgeek Meet Photos (+ a bonus)

Last Saturday, I had a small group of fellow road enthusiests in Lawrence for a “roadgeek meet.” Basically, we all get together and had lunch, then toured the area roads. For this meet, I chose K-10, US 59, and the new Kansas Turnpike Bridge. I don’t have any pics from the latter. During our outing, I spotted a gaffe on US 59. I did not get a picture during the meet; however, I was able to return to get a picture on Monday.

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EDIT: Re-worked all image thumbnails to reflect new gallery on flickr

The Rest of February

After the last week in January/First week in February, I was mostly working my day job and on the local Train show, so I didn’t go out that much.

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I did, however, get a whole lot of photos at the train show. Photos from that can be found here (as there are too many pictures to post at once…