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.

A shiny metal suit…

For years, Microsoft has been compared to the Borg from Star Trek. However, with all the bruhaha regarding how they are coercing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10, I feel that a comparison to the Cybermen from Doctor Who was more apt.

I upgraded my two computers early, but left the other PCs in my household alone. I don’t think that Windows 10 in and of itself is a bad Operating System. However, I do know many who are hesitant to upgrade.

Also, speaking of cybermen, my cousin Sam dressed up as one for Halloween.

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His older brother, Carl, was the 11th Doctor (complete with Fez and bowtie)

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.

Amtrak Heritage Sweep

In 2011, Amtrak painted a group of locomotives in special 40th Anniversary paint schemes resembling the different paint schemes on its locomotives. As a Depot Redux volunteer, I usually greet the Amtrak train on Saturday mornings. I’ve kept a lookout for the heritage units as well.

Within a year’s time, I had seen every one of the Amtrak units, and had also photographed all but one, most of them leading the train. Two weeks ago, I got the last of the Heritage Units, which has been based out of Kansas City on the River Runner. Today, I re-shot the only unit I had not photographed *leading* an Amtrak train. With that in mind, here are my photos of all of Amtrak’s heritage units

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Phase I: Amtrak 156, 12 July 2014, Lawrence, leading the Southwest Chief
(I have also caught 156 leading 2 Amtrak specials, as well as twice trailing on the Chief)

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Phase II: Amtrak 66, 4 October 2014, KC Union Station, leading the Missouri River Runner
(I previously saw 66 trailing on a Chief, but it was on a nightime train, and I did not have my camera)

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Phase III (1st): Amtrak 145, 7 September 2013, Camden, Missouri, leading the Chief
(I did catch this train at Lawrence; however, it got there before sunrise)

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Phase III (2nd): Amtrak 822, 15 March 2014, Lawrence, leading the Chief (156 is also in the consist)

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Both Phase III units together: 145 + 822, 11 July 2014, Lawrence, on an Amtrak special.

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Phase III (3rd): Amtrak 406, 12 April 2014, Topeka, with the Amtrak Exhibit Train (along with the Veteran’s Unit, see below)

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Phase IV: Amtrak 184, 19 October 2014, Lawrence, leading the Chief

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Veteran’s Unit: Amtrak 42, 11 November 2013, Lawrence, leading the Chief