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Date: 02/27/24 04:20
Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: cozephyr

Norfolk Southern 4096, AC44C6M, led Union Pacific Memphis, Tennessee, to Pocatello, Idaho, train S MEPC1-23, across Nebraska and Wyoming on 26 February 2024. Train was stopped at Sidney, NE, to allow other trains to pass account the high/wide concerns.  UP Sidney Subdivision was humming with traffic.

3 - Rocket booster cars passed Point of Rocks east of Potter, NE, 26 Feb 2024.  Car number UP 050021.

NO sound video at Point of Rocks in windy Nebraska.

 



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/24 04:28 by cozephyr.



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Date: 02/27/24 04:27
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: cozephyr

1 - Norfolk Southern 4096, AC44C6M, with NS 4721 on Union Pacific empty rocket booster train near Bushnell, NE, 26 Feb 2024.

2 - NS 4096 was stopped east of Piine Bluffs, WY, as other train traffic was allowed to pass due to high/wide concerns.

3 - NS 4096 West with 21-cars passed Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, on UP's Sidney Subdivision.




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Date: 02/27/24 04:41
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: texchief1

Nice images and coverage!  The last one looks like a great place to railfan.

texchief1



Date: 02/27/24 08:17
Rocket Booster Cars on UP's Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: cozephyr

Here's a better look at the cars - UP 50021 and UP 50023 near Sidney, Nebraska, 26 February 2024.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/24 08:18 by cozephyr.






Date: 02/27/24 09:24
Re: Rocket Booster Cars on UP's Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: King_Coal

Neat angle at Bushnell.



Date: 02/27/24 09:44
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: mojaveflyer

The curve at Chapelle, WY, is a great spot to shoot in either direction almost all day long. Tragically the A&W closed so food choices are somewhat limited....

texchief1 Wrote:
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> Nice images and coverage!  The last one looks
> like a great place to railfan.
>
> texchief1

James Nelson
Thornton, CO
www.flickr.com/mojaveflyer



Date: 02/27/24 11:31
Re: Rocket Booster Cars on UP's Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: tferk

Great coverage!   A train I would very much like to see.

Ted Ferkenhoff
Flagstaff, AZ



Date: 02/27/24 11:32
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: timz

Anyone know what's in the boosters that musn't get hot?



Date: 02/27/24 17:30
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: 567Chant

I presume that the clearance car also serves as a buffer car.
...Lorenzo



Date: 02/27/24 18:04
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: CPB284

timz Wrote:
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> Anyone know what's in the boosters that musn't get
> hot?

From the video, it looks like only two of the booster cars have cooling units on them, which leads me to think that they may be the cars that carry the forward skirts containing each booster's avionics. 



Date: 02/27/24 19:29
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: upkpfan

Maybe theywill be carring the fuel for the rockets. upkpfan



Date: 02/27/24 21:09
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: WP921

timz wrote:

"Anyone know what's in the boosters that musn't get hot?"

The booster segments contain solid propellant that is quite flammable.  These may be empties going back to Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory, Utah.  There was recently a delivery to Florida of the booster segments for the NASA Space Launch System (SLS).  They will be mated with the Boeing built Core Stage of the SLS at the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.



Date: 02/28/24 11:58
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: timz

> Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory, Utah.

Just curious: where is that facility? Can't find it, so far.



Date: 02/28/24 12:15
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: nrubin

timz Wrote:
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> > Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory,
> Utah.
>
> Just curious: where is that facility? Can't find
> it, so far.

Here's where they test fire the solid rockets:

https://www.google.com/maps/place//@41.6465377,-112.3901611,836m/data=!3m1!1e3?entry=ttu



Date: 03/01/24 12:11
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: pbouzide

I'm curious about the routing between Memphis and KC from a high/wide clearance perspective.

Whether via StL and Jeff City or NLR and Van Buren.

Clearance over the Mississippi River bridge at Memphis seemingly not an issue.



Date: 03/01/24 12:47
Re: Rocket Booster Cars Across UP Overland Route 26 Feb 2024
Author: timz

Don't see any rails at the plant

https://mapper.acme.com/?ll=41.66124,-112.44010&z=13&t=U&marker0=41.66124%2C-112.44010%2C23.5%20km%20WxSW%20of%20Tremonton%20UT

Are the boosters trucked from the plant in those containers? Where do they get on the train?



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