Celebrating UP's 150th with Railfanning

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Steam Chaser
Sunday, July 1, 2012, was Uncle Pete's 150th birthday. Is there a better way to celebrate this historic mark than with railfanning? I thought not, so I journeyed to the Chester Sub south of St. Louis to try out a few new locations.

The previous day I'd gone south to track down NS's OCS, only to find out it was delayed. I returned after seeing only a dismal 3 BNSF trains; not quite the results that I'd wanted. Sunday proved to be much better.

I had two high vantage points staked out, but dry heat and smoke from a few nearby wildfires created a thick haze that drenched the river valley and made photography tricky (you can see the haze in almost all of the shots). I will have to try those another day.

Otherwise, it was a good day. Although I didn't get a lot of good photos, I caught a bunch of cool trains, including Salt Lake City Olympic Torch unit UP 2001 and two CNW motors. Overall, UP still showed that they can be a fun railroad to watch. Here's to 150 more!

Good UP Consist by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Happy Birthday, UP! by stlgevo51, on Flickr
CNW Power by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Rural Illinois and a CNW by stlgevo51, on Flickr
Spirit of Southern Pacifc by stlgevo51, on Flickr
It's UP 2001! by stlgevo51, on Flickr
A 2 CNW Day by stlgevo51, on Flickr
North Dupo Meet by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!


Outstanding In My Field
Nice shots Jake. I guess I need to thank you for steering me to the Chester Sub. It's definitely a railfanning hot spot, with 2-3 trains an hour on that double-track. With this heat, I just wish there were some trees to hang out under ;)



Steam Chaser
Thanks guys!

Bill- You are right, it is such a great line to railfan. It does get a little hot out there though!


Steam Chaser
Yes. UP 7309 was the DPU. Was the consist up front the same? I think the middle UP yellow unit was inoperable when I saw it.

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