Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

The Great MFF Road Trip of '08: Day 2

Yesterday was everything I was hoping for and more. I hit the road at about 7:30 and immediately got on US Highway 30 which parallels the Union Pacific triple track. If you look at a map of rail traffic in the US, you will see an incredibly thick line going across Nebraska. The amount of freight moved over this line in unparalleled in the world. The first 15 minutes of the morning pretty much set the tone for the entire day. 3 freights blew by while I snapped away on the camera. It was slow going on the way to North Platte because it seemed I was constantly pulling over to get a pic of the next approaching train. Finally I made it to North Platte and drove around the periphery of the Bailey Yard. BIG! The highlight of the day happened on the east side of the city. I was getting ready to take a pic of a parked westbound coal empty when I saw not one, not 2, but THREE eastbounds leaving simultaneously! Yeah. I was definitely creaming in my shorts! I had a similar experience a little later when 2 more eastbounds started pacing one another. It's a pretty rare sight to see 2 trains moving side by side at 45MPH. I made lots of stops at a few grain elevators and an ethanol plant that had their own switcher engines. I'm much more interested in the older units that are doing the grunt work as opposed to the high-horsepower units that are ubiquitous on the main lines.

I must have been having way too much fun. Before I knew it it was getting near sundown, and I had barely driven 250 miles. I had driven over 600 miles the day before in the same time frame. Fortunately I didn't have to worry about where I was going to spend the night. snapcat and firepup had graciously invited me to stay at their den. I arrived a little after sunset all burned out after my long day. Fortunately they had a case of cold beer in the fridge. It was also nice to hang out with lacy and cloudpouncer who live a hop, skip, and a jump away. Much thanks to them as well for letting us come over to watch a little Die Hard before I passed out from both beer and exhaustion. So how crazy was the night? I'll let this speak for itself.

Oh, and here's a pic of my awesome train moment of the day. 3 Tracks, 3 Trains

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