Monday, 7 April 2014

Standing on the corner...

Today the weather just got better and better and I suspect tomorrow it will start to progress from warm to very warm.

Today's travels was half touristy stuff and half train spotting. We visited Meteor Crater which never fails to impress - another impressive hole that's not man-made.

We then went to Winslow, Arizona where we all did the obligatory "standing on the corner" thing on the official corner. For those of you not up to speed with this, The Eagles' song Take It Easy has the lyrics "I was standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona...." and "..it's a girl my lord in flat bed ford, slowing down..." etc.
So when in Winslow, you have to stand on the 'official corner', where there's also a flat bed Ford pickup. Winslow is a pretty small town so it's people are very friendly and were great to talk to. More Rte 66 fridge magnets for my daughter.

We then went back to Winona which is on the outskirts of Flagstaff to commence some serious train watching. The railroad many years ago called this place Darling and the name has stuck, with a small area being called Darling.

Being a Monday, the concern was that the BNSF Railway would not be running trains, however they did come, although in noticeably reduced numbers. Monday is generally a work day where track and signal maintenance is carried out and trains are not run. We more or less spent the entire afternoon here and the wind was noticed to drop over time.

We then relocated to the Rte 66 overpass from the previous night and caught a few more here, although we did have a one hour wait at one stage.

Shopping at Wal-Mart and retire early - the desert dry is taking it's toll - crack dry lips and early nights.

Jim is getting a bit annoyed with my timing - as soon as we turn up to a new location, a train is already passing through - never mind, there'll be another one.

More foreign power in the form of two Canadian Pacific units today, so that kept Jim happy.

Piccies below.

Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona (insert piccie of me in there somewhere)

Foreign power on a BNSF stack train

The Darling Cinder Pit at Winona, where scoria is mined.

BNSF stack train at Winona

BNSF stack train at Flagastaff, Rte 66 overpass

Tail end charlie

BNSF trailer train at Flagstaff, Rte 66 overpass

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