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James Baughn

Field guide to the Union Pacific steam train

Posted Friday, June 3, 2011, at 2:43 PM


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  • I think the people out there braving the heat for pictures should realize that the train is coming into Cape backwards. This can make for a surprise if you aren't expecting it. The train switches tracks at Rockview, Missouri but it can only go in reverse from there to Cape. And please be aware of where you are and the surroundings. Spot out several places and make sure you don't cause a traffic hazard. Also, you don't want to trespass either! Have fun and be safe! Just thought I'd put in my two cents......

    -- Posted by Shawn Friedrich on Fri, Jun 3, 2011, at 9:30 PM
  • We saw the train from three locations this morning. The first was in the rail yard in St. Louis. From there we were on the 18th Street Bridge over the tracks as it was heading toward the MacArthur Bridge. We got ahead of the train and saw it again as it was passing Columbia, IL. At that location, it was cruising along at a fairly quick pace of probably 50-60mph. We got images at all three locations.

    Lots of fun!


    -- Posted by SweetSexySharon on Sat, Jun 4, 2011, at 11:01 AM