Union Pacific Sightings
CIGRS Meeting June 19
Friday, June 18
Late in the day I was driving out to Susan's place when I heard a warrant
being given to a southbound on the UP. I drove to my favorite old Rock
Island bridge at the south end of the siding to await the train. I
carry repellant in the glove box of the Jeep for such occasions, since the
railroad maintains mosquito hatcheries near the
"Spine Line". While I waited on the train, a deer
ambled across the main and siding.
The train appeared at 5:43, with a few cars of
pipe just behind the motive power. On the
head end were UP 9603 and 3276. As the train went under the bridge, I hung around long enough to see
an uncovered hopper at the rear.
Saturday, June 19
Susan and I drove to Rick Knowlton's home northwest of Des Moines for a meeting
of the Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society today. A good crowd was on hand for the meeting and to check
out the layout, pond and plantings in the Kowlton's backyard. Rick had a model of the UP Challenger circling the "dogbone" style
track plan running along two sides of the yard The Challenger was an interesting choice, because
the real UP 3985 was soon to pass northbound through central Iowa.
That evening Susan and I ended up on the east side of Des Moines after supper,
so I stopped by Short Line Yard on the way home. We arrived at the
UP/IAIS diamond just in time to see a grain empty
come through at about 7:15. On the point
were CR 7334 and UP 8100.
After this train passed, a southbound was ready to take the mainline,
so we drove down to Market Street to intercept it. This manifest was
waiting on the southeast leg of the wye and had
UP 4952 and 9101 in
charge. After they crossed the NS diamond and headed on down the Trenton Subdivision, we drove to Carlisle
where they were to meet another northbound train.
At 7:45 our southbound came around the corner
in the siding at Carlisle. The northbound, another manifest, rolled
slowly down the hill, over the Middle River bridge
and past the signals onto the mainline. Leading the northbound were
UP 8544, UP 8540 and CP 5419. As the train passed, the conductor on 4952 inspected it
while the engineer made a quick cell phone call.
Shortly, they had their signal and were rolling
up the hill to the east
beside Highway 5.