March Encounters, Short Line and Pleasantville
March 15 and 20
Saturday, March 15
While running some other Des Moines errands, I stopped at Short Line Junction
for a take-out lunch. I noticed that surveillance cameras
have been added to the UP's signal system tower where the Spine Line crosses
Dean Ave. At 11:45 the UP brought a northbound
out of the yard and around the northeast leg of the wye. Leading
this manifest were UP 9719 and 4120.
Among the cars going north were a number of ethanol
tanks, like this "Global Ethanol" one.
Other than that train and a lot of power in the
yard, it was a pretty quiet morning.
On my way home, at 3:15, I intercepted an eastbound
grain train on the BNSF at Pleasantville. On the point were ex-SF
units, BNSF 543 and 520.
Thursday, March 20
On my way home from classes on Thursday afternoon at 2:40, I came through
just in time to see a crew tying down their train
and being loaded on a van. The train was the eastbound DMOWQM, led
by BNSF 6786, FURX 7284 and BNSF 2932.