By B. Smith
Today’s run out of Sanderson was somewhat delayed waiting for the tank car to finish being unloaded. Then the crew found a longer than normal train awaiting them at the interchange. At least it was there when they arrived. And the cement cars were all together as were the cars of rip-rap. The return trip to Sanderson took somewhat longer due to the greater tonnage, but the train made it with hours of service still remaining. Behind the engine were five cars of riprap, four cement cars, a box car for the team track (bagged feed), two empty extended height open hoppers for scoria loading, and the caboose.
The crew cut off the train behind the riprap cars, pulled ahead, and then backed into the team track to pick up the three empties there.
The two empty scoria cars were spotted next.
Then the boxcar of feed.
Finally, the cement cars were spotted. The first riprap car was already being unloaded.
The caboose was picked up off the main.
And the engine and caboose moved to the water plug, the crew tying up with just minutes left on their hours of service.
As the sun begins to set, the much-relieved project manager wasted no time getting the auger under a car of cement and the unloading started there. Wonder how many cars will be unloaded before tomorrow’s run?