Trains at Pleasantville
May 27, June 23 and June 25
Thursday, May 27
School was out at Simpson and I'd stayed at the acreage to work while Susan
went to her teaching job in Des Moines. I set up the scanner so I
could keep track of things on the railroads. I heard an eastbound
leave Des Moines on the BNSF/NS and after a while could hear the train
working up the hill from the river to the Pleasantville siding. I
drove into town and caught them in
the early morning haze at the 40th street crossing at 8:25. The train
turned out to be a grain load with
three GE's on the point, BNSF 4188,
5475 and 4691.
Wednesday, June 23
Byron came over and he and I worked through the morning on erecting a grade
crossing signal at the acreage. Naturally, we had our scanners going
and had learned that a westbound was on the Albia to Des Moines track.
We heard them working their way up the branch line and went into Pleasantville
around 10:30 to wait for them to come through town.
At 11:00 the train appeared, a
grain empty with three units, two still in their pre-merger warbonnets.
The leader, BNSF 741, slowed for
40th Street, where there was a recently-damaged
grade crossing. Trailing BNSF
741 were 902 and 776.
Friday, June 25
After spending the morning and early afternoon chasing the UP Challenger
and returning Susan to the acreage, I was headed back to Indianola when
I heard a foreman clearing up for an eastbound on the BNSF's Des Moines
line. I went into town and waited until the train,
the M-DMOWQM, came into town at 3:00. Four units powered the Quincy-bound
train today, BNSF 6739, BNSF 7055,
BN 8068 and BNSF