Where is the Omaha Posse?

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CGW101c

CGW Fan
If I remember correctly from college physics, velocity is a combination of speed and direction. Speed being a measurement of rate of movement in relation to something. So I think we need to define the parameters more clearly before answering this query.
 

Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
Attempting an Itsed65 impression, minus the sun, is the UP 8184 west of Kennard and east of Fremont with some interesting buildings off in the distance.

Itsed65 is clearly the master of the super telephoto train shot. The rest of us pale in comparison, even when the sun is out. :cool:

The tops of what appear to be grain storage buildings look like "onion domes" seen on very old buildings in Russia, such as those in the Kremlin. Is there a Russian colony or religious sect nearby?
 

Mcleod

Member
Caught the CN train north of Council Bluffs

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I enjoy looking up the history of the odd engine that make up part of the road I'm interested in. That SD60 in the photograph, CN 5436, was formerly GMTX 9086, in a blue/grey livery. It appears as though GMTX is the reporting mark of a locomotive leasing partner of the GATX Rail Locomotive Group. Now I'm curious if CN leased the engine, or bought it straight out. Just another little bit of trivial pursuit that seems to pick on me.
You have a wonderful collection of photographs. Well done!
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
The area the buildings are in the middle of a large area of crop land. I’ll drive closer next time. As far as the HTUA sign....this is a little valley about a mile from hwy 30. 1 farmhouse on the north side. Any scenario could be played out there. Pantomime horses perhaps.
 

JeffLH

Member
A quick search of the interwebs would indicate that it means “high threat urban area,” but that area doesn’t exactly seem urban, let alone high threat.
High Threat Urban Areas extend out 10 miles from the city limits of the urban area. Within this zone certain key trains, those with highly flammable commodities - ethanol or crude oil for example, are limited to 40 mph.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
Thanks Jeff. The closest town is about 3 miles. It is small but both the tracks and the town are located along one the waterways that flow thru Omaha. And US hwy 30 is close
 
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papio

Active Member
Quick grab shot of a KCS Progress Rail lease unit delivering empties to a Bartlett Grain Elevator in Council Bluffs IA.

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JeffLH

Member
Itsed65 is clearly the master of the super telephoto train shot. The rest of us pale in comparison, even when the sun is out. :cool:

The tops of what appear to be grain storage buildings look like "onion domes" seen on very old buildings in Russia, such as those in the Kremlin. Is there a Russian colony or religious sect nearby?
I think the interesting building is Fremont's waste water facility.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
85 degrees today SUNNY!! Hooray! Now it will be hot til September. East of Kennard is the 8215 with 230 cars. 110 cars back is the mid train and 120 to the end +or- a couple. Shots 2,3&4 were taken about 3 miles east of the Missouri River in Iowa,
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Bill Anderson

Well-Known Member
85 degrees today SUNNY!! Hooray! Now it will be hot til September. East of Kennard is the 8215 with 230 cars. 110 cars back is the mid train and 120 to the end +or- a couple. Shots 2,3&4 were taken about 3 miles east of the Missouri River in Iowa,
Overcast and cool here in the Puget Sound region of the PNW. I don't envy you on the heat as I know it will probably be accompanied by high humidity as well. You have to be tough to be a member of the Omaha Posse. 🤠

Are trains this long common in your area? If not, I wonder if it is the new norm; using DPU technology to movie more cars with fewer trains, engines and crews.
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
I think we have seen more of these long ones lately and as the technology improves we may see more. Makes sense. Less crew. North Platte to Fremont is slightly downgrade. The hilliest part is from Fremont to the river and Iowa rises and falls a bit.
 




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