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

Train Drama

I had an interesting day trainspotting yesterday. I went to Brookfield to do my 2+ mile walk along the tracks. At the Brookfield station I heard an announcement that the EB Metra commuter train would be late due to freight activity. Since I hadn't seen a freight in over 30 minutes I wondered if they were telling the truth. I eventually made my way to the Zoo Station and decided to hang out there for a little while. The EB commuter eventually made its way to the station. And there it sat. And sat. And sat. Soon the conductors appeared and went into the engine. I could see a flurry of activity in the cab through the window. Soon an EB auto rack appeared and rolled to a stop a few hundred yards in back of the commuter. Normally it's the freights that tie up traffic for the passenger trains, not the other way around. I managed to catch a pic of the WB Southwest Chief as it blew by the crippled commuter train.


Finally they got the engine back online after 15-20 minutes and off it went. The auto rack then proceeded at a snail's pace right behind. Frustrated motorists then had to wait even longer as a WB double stack blew through. Then to add on to the misery, the gates remained stuck in the down position. Luckily, geeky me had the BNSF emergency number programmed into my phone. I called the dispatch center and within a minute the gates were raised. So for a railfan it was a fun hour. For people aboard the commuter train, motorists trying to get across Brookfield, and pedestrians trying cross the tracks...not so much.
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