Today we rose early, had breakfast and discovered the delight of a breakfast item called gravy. It looks like porridge, smells like - unknown, but is actually a white source with sausage pieces in it. It tastes like warm gravy - delightful - which means it's probably bad for you.
We hit the road and returned to the lift bridge where we caught one train passing through it.
|The enormous lift bridge across the Missouru River - the entire centre span is raised to allow the passage of shipping.|
Unsure if it's still in working order.
All the time we were there we could hear the blast of horns on the other side of the Missouri river, so I made the call to relocate to Sugar Creek in the city of Independence. Good move.
Like a lot of tracks in and out of KC, they are shared by multiple railroads, and soon after our arrival, it was all on. In about 1.5 hours I filmed seven trains - UP, BNSF and Kansas City Southern. Mixed freights, intermodals and a two train meet which I caught on video.
|KCS meets the BNSF at Sugar Creek.|
Sitting further down the tracks were three more BNSF trains, engines running but unoccupied. As it turned out there was a shortage of crews for the weekend so the low priority freights were parked up for a couple of days. Criminal.
|BNSF Signal Maintainer told Lloyd this train had been parked up for 3 days waiting for a crew to take it into the yard.|
We waited a while after a lull in the action and nothing happend so I decided to go check out a few of the places I had earmarked - West Bottoms, Santa Fe Junction etc. Thank goodness it was Sunday - the SATNAV had real trouble keeping up with all the required lane changes and sudden exits and turns on the highways and thankfully traffic was pretty light - and forgiving.
I got some mandatory photos of the old red brick buildings in the Bottoms and checked out an overhead view of Santa Fe Junction - which was blocked by trees.
|Santa Fe Junction as viewed from above.|
We drove forever looking for a K Mart, but ended up beside the KCS shops and Yard, which netted some bonus footage.
|A couple of old 'Geeps' head a KCS mixed freight through the Bottoms into the KCS Yard.|
I would hazard a guess that they belong to the KCT (Kansas City Terminal)
It turned out to be a long hot day which ended with a visit to a mega K Mart at Independence where we did some required shopping, followed by another visit to Sugar Creek to get shots from a different angle - four more trains.
|The Union pacific put on a grand show with multiple UMAX/CSX/PacerStack intermodal trains through Sugar Creek.|
We're both exhausted and got in at about 7:30 pm. Lloyd has already cut down about a dozen pine trees and is well on the way to clearing about 5 acres of forest. He's a tired wee man.
We'll probably head back to the Bottoms tomorrow to visit Doc's Caboose, but the main agenda is to go to Kansas City, Kansas.