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December 29th, 2019
We wandered our way from Omaha, Nebraska to the middle of Kansas and had a banner day of catching parked shortline equipment and briefly chasing a westbound coal train.
Omaha is a great spot to explore. Kenefik Park is home to a DD40 and Big Boy 4-8-8-4 twinned together in a static display on a hill top, a tribute to UP's rich heritage in the city. There is also plenty of BNSF activity and other systems nearby and over the river in Iowa.
Ashland is just west of Omaha along the BNSF with heavy coal traffic.
We spotted a BNSF coal train heading north as we crossed a bridge on the I-80 and had just enough time to catch it eastbound along state highway 6.
We got ahead of the coal train as it slowed down for a meet, catching a BNSF westbound loaded coal train as well.
Waverly is between Omaha and Lincoln on the I-80 and BNSF corridors.
The final of three videos on our BNSF coal chase along route 6, going through the town of Waverly, Nebraska.
Fairmont is just south of the I-80 on state highway 81 and host to a petrochemical company with extensive rail service and a local switcher.
Geneva is along the state highway 81 corridor south of York, Nebraska and home to some obscure abandoned equipment along the side of the highway.
Concordia is along the KYLE in north-central Kansas.
Salina is a very busy railroad meeting spot in central Kansas.
We were following the tracks when surprised by a horn, quickly jumping out for this eastbound UP manifest freight.
Solomon is between Salina and Abilene on the KYLE, UP, and BNSF.
Abilene is the home of the President Eisenhower library and a diverse set of rail operations leaving little room for railfan boredom. A must-see if you are in Kansas.