An Evening at Osceola
Tuesday April 28
to pick up my stepson at the Osceola depot on Tuesday evening. At
a Des Moines train meet, I'd heard that one of the long-time Amtrak
station attendants had died unexpectedly. "Junior" Black and his
partner Pat Green have managed the depot for many years and I know both
of them very well. This image of yours
truly, JR and Pat was taken in May of 2008. I wanted a chance to
visit with Pat and to contribute to JR's memorial.
While waiting, I caught a couple of empties hurrying through ahead of Amtrak No. 5. At 7:56 BNSF 9262, 9634(?) and 6277 came through with a set of empty tub gondolas. Just ten minutes later, I had another empty with BNSF 5794 and 5833 in front and a couple of units trailing in DP.
At 8:15, Pat took the waiting passengers across the two mains to wait for the Zephyr, which arrived at 8:21 with ATK 135 in the lead.