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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:9/29/2016 - 9/29/2016
Album Info:One of the more productive ways to get train photos, for me, anyway, is a chase. If I'm lucky, I'll get one going away from home, then catch something else coming back. Most of the time, it works best if I catch a northbound and follow it to either Noel or McElhany near Neosho, though chasing south to Stilwell and back is also a workable plan. Living in Siloam Springs, I can go either way. This album is the result of those chases.
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Caught him
Title:  Caught him
Description:  I was coming back from Gentry, and crossed the KCS at Davidson Rd. I looked south to see headlights coming around the curve down by the Cobb mill. I pulled across and hustled out to get set up. This was the catch, a northbound empty AEPX coal train with eight units. The second two were the best looking, a pair of ex CNW GEs that had been freshly painted. They would have looked better in CNW paint, but these looked good. Too bad they werent leading.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/1/2016 5:07:39 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6531(AC44CW) UP 6788(AC44CW) UP 6730(AC44CW) KCS 4746(ES44AC) UP 5961(AC44CWCTE) KCS 4188(SD70ACe) KCS 4046(SD70ACe) KCS 4000(SD70ACe)
Views:  246   Comments: 2
Power balancing
Title:  Power balancing
Description:  Eight units is a lot of power, especially since most trains go through here with five. The extras were likely DPUs that accumulated at Heavener, since the heavy trains are southbound. One of the returning extras was the SD70ACe class unit, 4000, which has been repainted out of its old gray scheme, seen here trailing.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/1/2016 5:11:03 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4188(SD70ACe) KCS 4046(SD70ACe) KCS 4000(SD70ACe)
Views:  158   Comments: 0
Down in the hollow
Title:  Down in the hollow
Description:  My next spot was north of Dorsey siding, just south of Gravette. It took me a little bit to catch him, since I had to let the whole train pass me at Davidson Rd, and the lighting is not good for a northbound at Gentry that time of day anyway. As it was, I didnt beat him here by much, having just enough time to get there and turn the car around before he showed. I still got a good shot, but then had to wait for the train-all 125 cars of it-to pass me again.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/1/2016 5:17:19 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6531(AC44CW) UP 6788(AC44CW) UP 6730(AC44CW) KCS 4746(ES44AC) UP 5961(AC44CWCTE) KCS 4188(SD70ACe) KCS 4046(SD70ACe) KCS 4000(SD70ACe)
Views:  265   Comments: 1
Caught up again
Title:  Caught up again
Description:  I had to wait for the train to pass me at Dorsey, so it was a good chase to catch him. There was no way I was going to get him at Gravette, and he was going under the bridge at Sulphur Springs when i went over. I heard him call the signal at South Noel as I was passing the state line. He was going to meet the southbound H train there, so I was able to get him. Otherwise, it would have been a hard run to get him on the bridge at Ginger Blue. Here we are slowing for the meet, passing the old station.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/1/2016 5:35:47 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  UP 6531(AC44CW) UP 6788(AC44CW) UP 6730(AC44CW) KCS 4746(ES44AC) UP 5961(AC44CWCTE) KCS 4188(SD70ACe) KCS 4046(SD70ACe) KCS 4000(SD70ACe)
Views:  237   Comments: 1
Spanking clean
Title:  Spanking clean
Description:  One of the trailing units on the empty AEPX train, an ex CNW GE, seen at Noel in gleaming paint.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 4:45:25 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  UP 6730(AC44CW)
Views:  199   Comments: 1
Class
Title:  Class
Description:  The class unit, that is. The class unit for the SD70ACes is trailing in this consist. Like a number of its brothers, it has been repainted into the Belle scheme.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 4:51:52 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  KCS 4000(SD70ACe)
Views:  124   Comments: 0
Flags flying
Title:  Flags flying
Description:  The flag is everywhere. We see several along the street, hanging from lamp posts, but the UP unit on the crossing outdoes them all. The northbound had pulled up to the signal for the meet, which was closer than I thought. I knew I was not going to be able to get through all the traffic to shoot it, so I turned and ran, catching the southbound at Sulphur Springs
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 4:47:52 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 5961(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  142   Comments: 1
On the bridge
Title:  On the bridge
Description:  The southbound H train rolls across Butler Creek as it prepares to dig into the grade up to Gravette. I beat him here with just enough time to park the car and get set up.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 4:55:12 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  172   Comments: 4
Giving them a push
Title:  Giving them a push
Description:  The DPU on the H train crosses Butler Creek, giving the trains 106 cars a helping hand as they dig into the grade.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 4:58:26 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4696(ES44AC)
Views:  116   Comments: 0
Past the automatic
Title:  Past the automatic
Description:  The H train rolls south over the hump from Decatur, passing the ABS signal, now lit, as it comes toward me. This spot works in your favor if chasing a heavy train south, as most southbounds are. This one was 106 cars, and even with three ES 44's, it dragged over this short grade south of Decatur. Chasing a northbound on this line can be a challenge, since they are usually well powered for the tonnage of empty coal or grain cars. Loaded southbounds are much less of a challenge, as they work grades out of Sulphur Springs, into Decatur, and again into Siloam.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:00:53 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  149   Comments: 1
Dodger
Title:  Dodger
Description:  The southbound H train was held at Gentry for the dodger to get into the siding. He held to the north of town so as not to block road crossings, allowing me a shot of the local.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:06:38 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 2917(GP40-2LW) KCS 2812(GP40-3) KCS 1916(GP38-2)
Views:  255   Comments: 1
Downtown
Title:  Downtown
Description:  The H train passes through downtown Gentry, giving an overview of the scene. Curran Feed is on the left, an easily recognizeable feature of downtown. They once had a siding. The station was at left, where there is also a team track, occasionally used to set out bad order cars.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:09:36 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  162   Comments: 2
Wide shot
Title:  Wide shot
Description:  A wider view show the train approaching the Ark 12 overpass.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:25:27 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  162   Comments: 2
Passing the feed mill
Title:  Passing the feed mill
Description:  The feed mill at the Jefferson St crossing makes a good prop, even through they get their product by truck. The H train rolls past in the late afternoon.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:37:31 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4767(ES44AC)
Views:  157   Comments: 1
Pushing past
Title:  Pushing past
Description:  Though it will shortly be holding back. The DPU on this H train passes Jefferson St as the train heads down the hill to Watts. I'll be home before he gets there.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/2/2016 5:38:54 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4696(ES44AC)
Views:  125   Comments: 0
We start with a meet
Title:  We start with a meet
Description:  I was home on Saturday afternoon and heard a horn. I went into town to see what was going on, to find a northbound empty coal train in the hole at Siloam. As I reached the light at Main St, I heard the detector at Davidson Rd go off for a southbound. I pulled a quick U turn and set up on the US 412 overpass, catching this southbound 113 car H train as it passed the waiting coal train. He had a DPU, but I didn't stick around to see it.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:42:22 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4795(ES44AC) KCS 4143(SD70ACe)
Views:  146   Comments: 1
Even train crews play Pokemon Go
Title:  Even train crews play Pokemon Go
Description:  After I got the southbound at Siloam, I followed the empty TXUX train north, catching him here from the Ark 12 overpass in Gentry as he is about to capture Bulbasaur.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:46:11 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  147   Comments: 0
Down in the hollow
Title:  Down in the hollow
Description:  The next place I was able to get a good shot of the empty coal train was between Dorsey and Gravette, a good spot, but you have to hustle to get there, since northbounds are mostly emtpy trains, and move right along. Here he comes out of the shadows about to cross Mt Olive Rd.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:51:05 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  114   Comments: 2
Northbound DPU
Title:  Northbound DPU
Description:  Some empty trains get DPUs, some dont. This one had one of the SD70MACs giving it a push. It was working, too. Theres a bit of a grade from here into Gravette. As the engine passed, I could hear it revving as the engineer throttled up.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:54:29 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 8979(SD70MAC)
Views:  106   Comments: 1
Waiting...
Title:  Waiting...
Description:  The northbound is to meet a southbound coal train here at Noel, and is laying back south of the crossing til it gets close.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:56:28 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  106   Comments: 0
The wait is over
Title:  The wait is over
Description:  After about 15 minutes, the southbound showed, seen here with BNSF and KCS units, rolling through the signals at CP North Noel.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 3:59:03 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9022(SD70ACe) KCS 3949(SD70MAC)
Views:  162   Comments: 2
Pumpkins on parade
Title:  Pumpkins on parade
Description:  The southbound coal train, led by a BNSF unit, heads toward a meet with the northbound empty, "swoosh" units leading both trains.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:05:47 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 9022(SD70ACe)
Views:  112   Comments: 1
Looking good on the roll by
Title:  Looking good on the roll by
Description:  The conductor on the northbound heads back for his train after giving the southbound a roll by. They will head north again shortly.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:09:43 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4859(ES44AC) BNSF 5883(ES44AC) BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  152   Comments: 0
At the park
Title:  At the park
Description:  I got out of Noel quickly, wanting to check the shot at Ginger Blue. The sun wasnt far enough around to light the west side of the bridge, so I bagged that and headed for Anderson. I was able to get this shot of the train passing the old station, now city hall, and the park adjacent. Good place to stop with the kids.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:13:04 AM
Location:  Anderson, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  146   Comments: 0
Rhonda Rd
Title:  Rhonda Rd
Description:  Most of the time, when I come up this far, I shoot at Goodman if the sun is workable, or at McElhany, since its easy to reach and often there are meets there. Just south of McElhany is Rhonda Rd, which it turns out has a pretty good open shot of a northbound. So I learned a new place today.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:26:34 AM
Location:  McElhany, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5779(ES44AC) BNSF 6195(ES44AC)
Views:  113   Comments: 1
Going away
Title:  Going away
Description:  The DPU on the empty northbound passes between the signals at Mc Elhany as the train pulls away toward Neosho and the BNSF, ex Frisco crossing. I really should have quit on this guy at Noel, and followed the southbound back, but I dont get up here all that often, and it was still early enough to have good light. I did get a bonus in the Government Lead siding, though, so that was a plus.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:33:52 AM
Location:  McElhany, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 8979(SD70MAC)
Views:  149   Comments: 1
Canned
Title:  Canned
Description:  After the empty coal train passed, I saw this train pushed back into Government Lead with a pair of AC4400s, including 4600 in Belle paint, one of a very few of the old GEs to be repainted. Sometimes the out and back chase means the "back" part of it is a deadhead move, as it were. So it was today, but at least for the extra miles to McElhany, there was this train, so it wasnt totally a bust.
Photo Date:  10/1/2016  Upload Date: 10/4/2016 4:43:23 AM
Location:  McElhany, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4590(AC44CW) KCS 4600(AC44CW)
Views:  176   Comments: 0
Tunnel of trees
Title:  Tunnel of trees
Description:  This view from the Ark 59 overpass shows how hemmed in the tracks are by the trees here. In a couple of weeks, hopefully the color will come out, making this shot a fall spectacle.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 4:21:43 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5784(ES44AC) BNSF 9195(SD70ACe) KCSM 4736(ES44AC) KCS 3953(SD70MAC) KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4685(ES44AC)
Views:  214   Comments: 1
Slowing for a meet
Title:  Slowing for a meet
Description:  Northbound empty TXUX train slows for the siding at Noel as it passes the Deer Creek Rd crossing just south of town.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 4:17:43 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5784(ES44AC) BNSF 9195(SD70ACe) KCSM 4736(ES44AC) KCS 3953(SD70MAC) KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4685(ES44AC)
Views:  149   Comments: 1
Wating at the station
Title:  Wating at the station
Description:  The empty northbound sits at the Noel station as it waits on the meet, which will be a loaded train for Texas.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 4:28:04 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 5784(ES44AC) BNSF 9195(SD70ACe) KCSM 4736(ES44AC) KCS 3953(SD70MAC) KCS 4849(ES44AC) KCS 4685(ES44AC)
Views:  172   Comments: 0
Along the creek
Title:  Along the creek
Description:  Southbound TXUX train rolls along Butler Creek with 125 loads for Texas.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:16:16 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9271(SD70ACe) BNSF 8567(SD70ACe)
Views:  145   Comments: 3
Old siding
Title:  Old siding
Description:  The TXUX train rolls 125 cars past the remnants of a siding that looks to have once served a lumber yard, its switchstand still intact.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 5:07:01 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9271(SD70ACe) BNSF 8567(SD70ACe)
Views:  124   Comments: 1
Over the hump
Title:  Over the hump
Description:  After catching the train in Gravette, I had a wait at Decatur, long enough for a bathroom break and to pick up a bag of chips. When I heard him come by, I ran down to Y City Rd to catch him coming over the top and past signal 219-1.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 4:52:59 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9271(SD70ACe) BNSF 8567(SD70ACe)
Views:  131   Comments: 0
By the feed store
Title:  By the feed store
Description:  One reason I took the nose on shot at Decatur was so I didnt get trapped on the wrong side of the train. That allowed me to get going down Ark 59 to get this shot at Gentry, of the train coming past the location marking Curran Feed Store.
Photo Date:  9/29/2016  Upload Date: 10/29/2016 5:03:52 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 9271(SD70ACe) BNSF 8567(SD70ACe)
Views:  115   Comments: 0
DPUs too
Title:  DPUs too
Description:  I wasnt able to get ahead of the train for a good shot at Siloam-too many people ahead of me in town who think a 55 MPH speed limit means 45 is good enough-but I did catch the DPUs in the glint of the late sun south of Kenwood as they passed the dodger, which was working Pipelife.
Photo Date:  10/24/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:22:09 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4783(ES44AC) KCS 3970(SD70MAC) KCS 4690(ES44AC)
Views:  129   Comments: 0
Northbound and northerners
Title:  Northbound and northerners
Description:  The northbound H train rolls its 61 cars through Gentry with a pair of home road units, and a couple of northern visitors.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:33:35 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4704(ES44AC) KCS 4106(SD70ACe) CP 8533(AC44CW) CP 9658(AC44CW)
Views:  156   Comments: 0
In the valley
Title:  In the valley
Description:  The H train rolls past the creek north of Dorsey siding, about to dig into the climb to Gravette.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:40:06 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4704(ES44AC) KCS 4106(SD70ACe) CP 8533(AC44CW) CP 9658(AC44CW)
Views:  162   Comments: 2
Slowing for the meet
Title:  Slowing for the meet
Description:  The H train crosses Deer Creek Rd as it slows for a meet with a southbound grain train in town. Ill follow the grainer south.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:49:22 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4704(ES44AC) KCS 4106(SD70ACe) CP 8533(AC44CW) CP 9658(AC44CW)
Views:  158   Comments: 1
Getting started
Title:  Getting started
Description:  The southbound grain train picks up speed from the meet as it rolls out the south end of Noel in a scenic setting.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:52:17 AM
Location:  Noel, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4196(SD70ACe) KCS 4147(SD70ACe)
Views:  145   Comments: 2
Grain on the creek
Title:  Grain on the creek
Description:  The southbound grain train rolls along Butler Creek, seen from the Ark 59 bridge.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:54:29 AM
Location:  Sulphur Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4196(SD70ACe) KCS 4147(SD70ACe)
Views:  198   Comments: 3
Catching rays
Title:  Catching rays
Description:  The nose of the southbound grain train catches the last rays of sun as it passes the speed sign at MP 210.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 3:58:25 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4196(SD70ACe) KCS 4147(SD70ACe)
Views:  141   Comments: 0
Flagging the DPU
Title:  Flagging the DPU
Description:  The DPU on the grain train passes a house in Gravette, whose owner has left no doubt as to his loyalties.
Photo Date:  10/27/2016  Upload Date: 10/30/2016 4:01:52 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCSM 4664(ES44AC) KCS 4124(SD70ACe)
Views:  146   Comments: 0
Spavinaw Creek
Title:  Spavinaw Creek
Description:  Sometimes out and back is a one sided event. We went out last Friday because it was a nice day-55 degrees and sun-too nice to stay in. I had not heard a train in several hours, so after lunch we headed north, figuring we'd run into something along the way. That turned out to be a southbound grain train, which we saw at Gravette. We chased down to Spavinaw Creek, where KCS must have cleared out some brush along the tracks, along with the usual die back in winter. A 100 car grain train rolls off the short through truss over Spavinaw Creek, between Gravette and the north end of Dorsey siding, in a view I have not seen before, and impossible when everything is leafed out.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:32:55 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4705(ES44AC) KCS 4577(AC44CW)
Views:  110   Comments: 0
Two units across in a wider view
Title:  Two units across in a wider view
Description:  The lead power is across the Spavinaw Creek bridge. Hes slowing for Dorsey siding, where hell stop to take 25 cars down to Georges in Decatur.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:38:38 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  87   Comments: 0
Catching rays
Title:  Catching rays
Description:  One of the great things about winter is the low sun angle, which really saturates the colors. The down side is, the sun never gets very high, and shots you can take in the summer are in shadow. Such is the case at Decatur, where I catch this southbound grain train getting some sun in between the shadows from the adjacent Simmons Foods buildings.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:28:43 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4705(ES44AC) KCS 4577(AC44CW)
Views:  118   Comments: 1
By the station
Title:  By the station
Description:  Southbound grain led by 4705 rolls past the Decatur passenger station with 75 cars, having just set off 25 at Georges Farms.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:25:52 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4705(ES44AC) KCS 4577(AC44CW)
Views:  101   Comments: 0
Ringing the Belles
Title:  Ringing the Belles
Description:  The southbound grain train passes the stuffed and mounted F 7 at Decatur station, itself in the scheme that inspired the one on the active power passing it.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:02:27 AM
Location:  Decatur, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4705(ES44AC) KCS 4577(AC44CW) KCS 73D(F7A)
Views:  165   Comments: 1
Its all about the chickens
Title:  Its all about the chickens
Description:  A train full of chicken feed rolls past a place that sells....chicken feed. Across the tracks is a store called The Chicken Coop, which is a junk...er, consignment shop...that has a lot of chicken related items. Trailing unit 4577 is one of only a few AC44's that have been painted into the Belle scheme. There are many more SD70's that have gotten the treatment.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 5:44:58 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4705(ES44AC) KCS 4577(AC44CW)
Views:  120   Comments: 1
DPUs sunlit
Title:  DPUs sunlit
Description:  The DPUs on the grain train roll into view from behind Currans as the train rolls on toward Siloam, where it will set out 25 cars on the west siding. Note the two units here, both SD 70's, are from orders prior to the Belle scheme, and have been repainted.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 4:53:15 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4013(SD70ACe) KCS 3930(SD70MAC)
Views:  109   Comments: 0
DPU reflections
Title:  DPU reflections
Description:  The DPUs on the grain train reflect the setting sun as the train pulls away from me.
Photo Date:  12/30/2016  Upload Date: 12/31/2016 4:55:12 AM
Location:  Gentry, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 3930(SD70MAC) KCS 4013(SD70ACe)
Views:  93   Comments: 0


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