This edition of American Railway marks our first visit to the Lone Star State of Texas. We focus on the West Central area of the state, including Union Pacific, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe, and Amtrak operations. We hope that the use of two cameras in some locations will enhance your viewing pleasure.
The programme begins with a manifest passing the wind farm at Loraine, then follows the UP track east through Abilene to Clyde. Besides the usual UP power, a Ferromex ES44AC is included in the lash-up departing Merkel siding, and CSX Transportation SD50-2 and C40-8W locos thunder through Clyde into the setting sun.
Further south, the sparse BNSF traffic on the line between Brownwood and Temple was exclusively the charge of GE Dash-9’s. Having visited the Opal diamond, where the BNSF crosses the UP, the engine house at Temple is filmed from the footplate of preserved AT&SF Pacific #3423 by the Amtrak station. The variety of BNSF motive power on view includes SD45-2B cab-less slaves, a GP39-3 in Heritage 3 livery, and a white-faced GP39M. The scene closes with the arrival of a rebuilt GP38-2 bearing Smurf blue livery.
Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is seen rushing south through Holland, bouncing through Hutto, and powering away from San Marcos. UP GP60’s owned previously by St Louis South-Western Railway and Southern Pacific switch their train at McNeil, while GP50’s operated by WAMX for Austin Western Railroad idle nearby, awaiting their next duties.
Union Pacific’s Sunset route is featured between Lissie and Sequin. Particular focus is applied to a busy morning at Flatonia, where a diamond crossing and junction with the line that runs south from West Point toward Mexico, lies on the western edge of town.
Finally, we follow the UP north from New Braunfels to the state capital, Austin, where the city-scapes provide an impressive backdrop for Capital MetroRail services, and heavy freights crossing the Colorado River and traversing the Amtrak station.
We will return to Texas in future editions of American Railway.
Produced by - Lineside Video Productions
Running time - 80 Minutes
Format - 4:3
DVD and Blu-ray