Sunday, 3 July. Overcast and a little drizzly. Wendi found us a spot next to the rails to camp out. I could barely make out the signal over by the silos, and there was good visibility in both directions. Plus I wanted to try to get some silos into the shot. We waited for a while, and eventually the signal lit up. Having earlier in the day been astounded by the speed of the trains in Kansas, I tried to be more prepared this time.
Even far away by the silos, I could tell from the profile the train would have some Autoracks. It turns out, all of these were empty ones. Union Pacific 8353, an EMD SD70ACe, flew passed our spot. Railroad ties bounced, and splashed the water that had collected around them. I think Wendi actually got the best shot of this train. I’m starting to really see the need for two camera bodies, one with a short and one with a long lens.
At the back was Union Pacific 8040, a GE ES44AC.