Railfanning in Sanderson, 1968 Part II

By B, Smith

The railfan outing continues.  First thing, the locomotive, empty scoria hopper, and the caboose back down to the scoria load and couple to it.  I was right, that scoria load is on today’s outbound train.

unnamed (6)Then everything backs down the spur track.  Looks like the three cars on the spur are also on the outbound train.

unnamedEverything is pulled out of the spur.  unnamed (1)The engine runs around its train, couples into the gon, and takes on fuel oil.unnamed (3)After fueling up, the train pulls down to the scoria loader to spot the empty.unnamed (4)The empty is spotted.unnamed (5)And the local leaves town with one load, three empties.unnamed (7)Time to go eat lunch as I await the locals return.

Until Part III…

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Railfanning in Sanderson, 1968 Part I

By B. Smith

I arrived early this morning in Sanderson before any activity was occurring on the LCN.  No car spotted at Safeway or Western Wool.

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I climbed the water tank to get this photo.  The Limpia Canyon Northern owner is a steam fan.  Still runs one steam locomotive in 1968!  Going to get steam action today!
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The tender of the steam engine is spotted next to the water plug so water can be added when needed while the engine sits between runs.
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Three cars on the spur track.
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A load is down under the scoria loader, that will probably be on the outbound train today.
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I see the crew arriving so should see some action soon!
The action will continue in Part II.
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