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A Southern Pacific Day on the Union Pacific (Patched and unpatched units)
January 31, 2012
On January 30, 2,012, I caught a string of four trains passing through Ames, Iowa with Southern Pacific engines in a row.
A westbound mixed freight train passes over the bridge at 6th Street. Two patched Southern Pacific engines start the trend.
UP 8,237 EMD SD9,043MAC
UP 8,086 EMD SD9,043MAC
UP 6,319 (ex-SP 273) GE AC44CW
UP 6,294 (ex-SP 241) GE AC44CW
An eastbound coal train slowly comes to stop before Hazel Avenue, the first crossing east of here. After a three minute wait, the train quickly heads off again.
UP 5,642 GE AC44CWCTE
UP 6,194 (ex-SP 148) GE AC44CW
This empty westbound coal train came by while I was moving to a different spot. I cut out most of the train since I was shooting through the trees. This train stopped west of here.
UP 5,965 GE AC44CWCTE
UP 6,157 (ex-SP 109) GE AC44CW
UP 5,707 GE AC44CWCTE
Train 4: MNPSS
Coming around the stopped Train 3 is an eastbound manifest from North Platte, Nebraska destined for South Saint Paul, Minnesota. This one doesn't have a patched Southern Pacific unit; it has an unpatched one. This train was also caught west of town as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnZt8SYC3PA .
UP 5,907 GE AC44CWCTE
UP 8,005 EMD SD9,043MAC
UP 7,138 GE AC44CW
SP 192 GE AC44CW