Alliance, TX Photos - 3-25-2015
At train time, a line of clouds had rolled in and the brilliantly lit shot I had in mind was not so brilliant. So I did a little exploring and decided to photograph the northbound Heartland Flyer, train No. 822, in the curve at North Haslet just north of the Intermodal Parkway grade crossing.
By the end of the summer the rails on main two will be cut forever to allow expansion of the runway at Alliance Airport. The new main currently under construction is located about two miles to the west of this location...on the other side of Alliance Yard.
Leading the train was the gutted carcass of what was formerly Amtrak F40PH 222. Reincarnated as NPCU (Non-Powered Control Unit) No. 90222, the little cab-control car sure made plenty of noise at the grade crossing announcing the train's passage!
Once train No. 822 had passed by my lens, I headed up to the GE Texas plant to see if they were coming out. Not seeing any evidence of movement right away, I circled the plant to see a few C4's randomly littering the facility. One more crossing of Main 2 at Eagle Parkway revealed a BNSF employee walking out to the Main 2 switch. Bingo! New GE's were going to be delivered from the factory and I would get the shot...