Union Pacific 150th Anniversary to South Central Texas

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Here my catch on the two Specials that are on tour of South Texas or should I say one touring and the other on its way for repairs. First special of the day was the SAUSA-19 out of Austin - San Antonio for Fiesta with UP E9 units. While waiting for the UP 494 E9s we got word that the UP 844 was going to make a run to Georgetown. So right up the road we went to catch the 844 from Hearne - Georgetown. I must say it was one great day for railfanning.:cool:

BNSF 4948 Mix freight to Eagle Pass/Mexico.


UP 7155 Fracking sand to Gardendale.


UP 150th SAUSA-19 crossing the Guadalupe River at New Braunfels.


UP 844 at Thorndale on the SHEGT-19 to Georgetown for repairs.


UP 844 at Thrall in the siding to meet a northbound out of Taylor.



UP 844 at Round Rock.



UP 844 coming off the Austin Sub into the Georgetown Lead. A little bit of wheel slip as it took the curve.




I rather like how they are not including a diesel unit in the move to Georgetown;). No sense in tempting Fate a second time, I suppose...


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Very nice pictures, Joe!

I was tipped off about the UP 150th movements, and had planned to view it's passage through Rosenberg yesterday. Despite the published schedule, it seems to have come through the area much earlier than planned (1130 instead of the anticipated 1330 time frame). The Rosenberg museum wasn't much help until the opportunity had passed.

I'm posting here to ask, what is the best way to keep abreast of these movements? This forum seems to have great resources, but is there a better source of "real time" information in South Texas?

Thanks in advance!


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Thanks for the comments guys. There all kinds of groups for spotting out there but on this two runs I just happen to be at the right place to hear fellow railfans talking about the run between Hearne to Georgetown.

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