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James Baughn

Blog without words: Union Pacific 844 crosses the Mississippi River at Thebes

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at 11:14 AM


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  • I've always been fascinated by that bridge. Here's some photos I've taken of it over the years:


    Your timing of posting the shots of UP 844 was perfect. I was listening to Guy Clark singing "Texas, 1947," an account of seeing the first diesel highballing though a Texas small town.

    He paints an interesting picture of the event:

    "Trains are big and black and smokin' - steam screamin' at the wheels, bigger than anything they is, at least that's the way she feels."

    "Look out here she comes, she's comin',

    Look out there she goes, she's gone,

    screamin' straight through Texas

    like a mad dog cyclone.

    "Big, red, and silver,

    she don't make no smoke,

    she's a fast-rollin' streamline

    come to show the folks."

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Wed, Mar 28, 2012, at 11:29 AM