A few more random pictures for those of us afflicted, including an assortment of SP power at rest in Benson west yard. I don't know the proper collective noun for a collection of SP locos, could it be a delight?
Thanks Dwyane the SP was the first road I found interesting, it was the colour scheme I think.
I like their types of power as well.
I can't get enthusiastic about modern diesels and double stacks I'm afraid.
With this selection of pictures we come a little more up to date with a DRGW GP60 #3154, she was used for the Ski Train during the 96-97 season. She is seen arriving at Benson with a short mixed train consisting of empty covered hoppers and an empty boxcar for a load of specially cut lumber.
The crew of the GP60 take a break for beans, having uncoupled from the train and parked the locomotive on the track next to the servicing facilities.
At this point an SP SW1500 #2638 yard switcher, waiting by the yard master's caboose arrives to spot the individual incoming cars.
Thanks Dywane, as you say a nice locomotive if not wearing the most attractive livery.
The SP switcher pulls out a full UP covered hopper of corn and then spots the two DRGW empty hoppers at the Farmers Co-op.
The Rio Grande box car is spotted at the team track ready for loading with cut lumber that will be brought in by truck.
The SP switcher then goes to the Midas Cement Co unloading facility and picks an empty ATSF covered hopper and an MD&W boxcar loaded with bagged cement on pallets.
It then starts to make up a train in the main loop for the GP60 to take to the SP main line. An SP SD7 will head the consist as it saves having to find a path for this loco to get back to the SP.
While enjoying a recent operating session I took a few more photos of my elderly Athearn Blue Box SD45. I have now added sunshades, screen wipers, mu hoses and a plough, not the correct one but all I had to hand. The loco looks a bit more work stained as well having given it a thin wash of grimy black.