Photos of the trip can be found here.
|Union Pacific; Morley, Louisiana; February 22, 2011|
Our luck turned a bit on Wednesday, February 23. We met up with Mick Nussbaum in Meridian, Mississippi, and got the grand tour of the city. The northbound Crescent came through and we even had a bit of sun as the train passed under an ex-Southern Railway cantilever signal bridge.
|Amtrak; Meridian, Mississippi; February 23, 2011|
|Kansas City Southern; Newton, Mississippi; February 23, 2011|
|KCS and Canadian National; Switch Tender, Jackson, Mississippi; February 23, 2011|
|Canadian National; Switch Tender, Jackson, Mississippi; February 23, 2011|
|Canadian National; Memphis, Tenn.; February 24, 2011|
|Memphis Area Transit Authority; Memphis, Tennessee; February 24, 2011|
|Kansas City Southern; East St. Louis, Illinois; February 25, 2011|
|BNSF on TRRA; St. Louis, Mo.|
On our list was getting some power from the Terminal Railroad of St. Louis in its new paint scheme. The end-cab switchers are gone from the railroad, but the line's new road power is pretty sharp. We found a set at North Market Street in St. Louis early in the day, then found another set working at the Pillsbury Siding just off Kingshighway in the northern part of the city during the afternoon. Then it was back downtown to shoot Amtrak before calling it a day. We had a long drive ahead of us up to the western outer regions of Chicagoland, so we bid Mark goodbye and hit the road.
|Terminal Railroad of St. Louis; North Market, St. Louis, Missouri; February 25, 2011|
|Union Pacific; Nelson, Ill.; February 26, 2011|