By B. Smith
Our all morning wait for the WP Eureka Turn is finally rewarded. Train must of left the Elko yard late. Only three cars separate the engine, WP GP-7 705, from the caboose. A loaded SSW covered hopper for Fat Cow animal supplement, a 40’ box car load for Drill Tex, and a tank car full of molasses, also for Fat Cow.
A loaded WP covered hopper at Fat Cow is ready to go and the head end brakeman has the train couple into it.
Meanwhile, the crew in the caboose uncouple the caboose from the train so the tank car can be spotted. Two tank cars already on the molasses spur are not released and will not be pulled. Those cars are both private owner cars so no per diem is being charged. The LPG car has been spotted for a couple of weeks and it appears is being used as storage for the product.
The molasses car is quickly spotted next to the one already there.
The train couples back into the caboose and pulls ahead to clear the switch from the run-around track. Then the SSW covered hopper is spotted.
The engine and loaded covered hopper are now able to run around the caboose. Before the B&O box car can be spotted, three cars on the Drill Tex spur, all released, must first be pulled. Looks like Bob is having a struggle with the switch lock.
When Bob gets the switch thrown, the engine and covered hopper can back down the Drill Tex spur. An empty bulkhead flat that had delivered some building supplies to the local lumber yard, an empty covered hopper and box car await.
The crew makes sure the grade crossings are clear, and walks over to Tias for a quick lunch. We’ll finish this run in Part 2.