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I had a weird sighting today here on the UP Sedalia Sub. As you might know form my other postings, the UP Sedalia Sub, at least my part, is in the Kansas City area, and is most generally directional traffic running westbound (geographically north). Most of the coal trains are empty, heading back to the mine, the only loaded coal trains are the ones going to Montrose, Missouri (one or two a week). The only other times there are loaded coal drags is when the River Sub is down.

Until today. Today, about 10:00 AM (1/31/12) I saw a loaded, westbound coal train. It was loaded for power with three AC4400CWs on the point, and two more in DPU. It had the UP and CMO coal cars. I have seen this train before, and this is first time I have seen it loaded, heading in the "wrong" direction. I am perplexed - and I am just curious what was going on. Did they "reject" the load, and it was being sent back to the mine, or did they decide to reroute the load somewhere else? Biggest question -- why would a loaded coal train be heading in the wrong direction in the first place? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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