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Date: 06/29/20 07:01
Chasing a SPatch
Author: santafe199

A tip from “mg8711” got me out on the chase a little earlier than expected yesterday. One of the few remaining SP patch jobs was pointing a train down the GSR. I had planned to go down to the Flint Hills for another DT report anyway, and we settled right into our usual “tag-team’ chasing. But we had a third visitor along for the ride. That much-ballyhooed Saharan dust thing finally arrived with a complete thud. All it did was make an otherwise sunny day look like pre-EPA smog in a large city. Combine that with a badly faded SP bloody nose and… well, you get the idea.

1. Here comes UP train MDMHN with SPatch unit 6290 leading at Paxico, KS

2. …at Alta Vista, KS, and…

3. …again at Dwight, KS. Our tiny little visitors, those Saharan dust particles turned a sunny, green day in June into a blasé event. And that promised spectacular sunset was AWOL...
(3 photos taken June 28, 2020)

Thanks for the tip!
Lance Garrels
santafe199



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/20 07:10 by santafe199.








Date: 06/29/20 12:49
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: SP8595

Awesome catch and shots! Also check out the SD60m in the consist!



Date: 06/29/20 13:59
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: santafe199

SP8595 Wrote: > ... Also check out the SD60m ...

Yeah, I did notice that. And I probably should have tried to get a single shot of it somewhere. But I really don't care for nose-coupled, "flying wastuh" shots, as we in  the KS Gang used to call them. I guess it just wasn't enough of a draw, so I just couldn't pull the trigger...

Lance



Date: 06/29/20 15:52
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: atsf121

Really like that first one!

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Date: 06/29/20 16:39
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: RailFanAZ

Awesome Catch! 

Christi Rossi
RailFanning UP & BNSF, AZ
RailFanAZ.com



Date: 06/29/20 18:20
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: ble692

The SD60M is UP 2414. It is the only SD60M currently in service on the UP. For quite a while it was hiding out while working on the Alton & Southern, but for the last several months it has been back working on the UP proper. Kind of shocked they didn't just immediately store it when it returned.



Date: 06/30/20 07:03
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: ns1000

ble692 Wrote:
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> The SD60M is UP 2414. It is the only SD60M
> currently in service on the UP. For quite a while
> it was hiding out while working on the Alton &
> Southern, but for the last several months it has
> been back working on the UP proper. Kind of
> shocked they didn't just immediately store it when
> it returned.


It will probably go in storage when its inspection/service is due.

Nice chase....

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Date: 06/30/20 08:50
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: ble692

ns1000 Wrote:
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> It will probably go in storage when its inspection/service is due.

Surprisingly they just did all of that on the Alton & Southern right before they send it back to the UP. It is good to go until it's next quarterly in August.



Date: 06/30/20 15:45
Re: Chasing a SPatch
Author: texchief1

No. 2 is real nice, Lance.

Randy Lundgren



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