Tuesday 18th February – More railfanning

Beautiful sunny day; 69F. Up and out to see Doc’s Caboose model shop, 10 ft from the mainline in the West Bottoms. Awesome. Saw his art gallery and print shop too. The Bottoms is the old industrial district with more tracks running through it than I have ever seen. There are 200+ trains a day through it.

My back is to the hobby shop here:

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Murray Yard:

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From an overpass:

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Met up with Cinthia and both Jasons for Taco Tuesday at Margaritas. Not as good as Cinthia’s tacos. We then jetted off rail-fanning.

A curved building that the track ran around:

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More West Bottoms:

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We went past AT Junction with track crossing track:

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We then drove around downtown where the 2018 NMRA convention is going to be held. That is going to be excellent.

Drove round the back of Union Station to see Steve Hottle go past the exact same spot as Jack Stack’s on a dog catcher. Pure chance.

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There’s a Kansas City Terminal F-unit there with a business car.

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Some Kansas City Terminal locos sat at a signal:

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We then drove past the UP yard and out to the Ford car plant where there are a bunch of cars.

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One of two S-1s still in service:

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We then drove out along the BN mainline to Wolcott chasing one train north and one south. They waved a lot (so did I)! It’s great to see and gear them in action. I now know what dynamic brakes sound like on the real thing. There were three trains meeting in one siding.

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South:

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And north again:

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