Hi. After our big, weird day yesterday, we will have a quieter morning as we work our way home.
We start, yet again, at the South Howe Hill, where we see some maintenance-of-way equipment roll by.
Well, that’s different.
Well, the dust didn’t kill everything.
So, here’s a train, though not a good picture of one.
At least the image is a bit colorful.
I guess that the going-away shot is better.
Here are the rear-end units, and please note that Southern Pacific locomotive.
Now, here comes a train in the opposite direction.
Now, here are the rear-end locomotives pushing.
Let’s get out of here.
Well, let’s point the camera up.
Now comes an interesting train!
Both the train and its locomotives are interesting.
For the third consecutive day, we are photographing an H-KCSH, and that is a real treat, particularly with those loaded pulpwood cars.
These three shots are the same, just cropped more heavily each time because I’m too indecisive to pick just one of them to show, and I think that there is some merit to showing all three of them.
Okay, that’s great; let’s go to the fuel racks to get some more views of this thing and say some goodbyes.
The SD40-2s were still there.
Those NREX things, too, were still on the property; I liked them.
Here’s a shot that shows the neatness of the locomotives and the neatness of the loaded pulpwood cars.
Those Geeps are probably local power about to be dropped off or having been picked up farther up the line.
I’m not sure what has become of the 692.
Here is a northbound empty coal train that we shall soon photograph.
That’s a snoot!
It’s time to service the locomotives.
Here are the foamer vehicles, probably trespassing.
Now, the train is leaving.
I like that old Corinth & Counce boxcar.
This is a view up the Waldron Branch with the mainline in the background. Also in the background can be seen the covered picnic tables where we took cover from the torrential rains of yesterday morning.
This is on the southern end of the yard, whereas the fuel racks are on the northern end of the yard.
Now, we’re back at the South Howe Hill for one final stand.
With these black-and-white shots among large sets of train pictures, this weekend looks like last weekend for me. I wish that I realized at the time that I was slowly killing myself with all of this train-picture-taking; I guess that, on some level, I realized it then but felt paralyzed as to what to do about it. You’re looking at the results, meritorious, artistic, educational, and useful as they may be, of an addiction; in terms of time, money, and, to some degree, health, I may not be much worse off today than had I had a cocaine or even heroin habit in lieu of a train-photography addiction. If only I could have been paid for all of this work, it might have been better; if only some of you might help reimburse me for it, that would be great!
Still, like any addiction, I used it to mask or avoid addressing other problems.
Still, if you think that the images – alone or in totality – have merit, it would be great to be reimbursed for the effort and the investment.
So long, Howe and Heavener.
We went the back way around the mountain south of Page, bypassing Mena, and picking up the route at Cove.
My pal liked the diversion, even though he’s not accustomed to such vistas now that he lives on the southeastern side of the Appalachian Mountains.
This is a good area for recreational driving, too, as there is plenty of opportunity for downshifting when going down the long, steep grades.
We’re definitely not in southern Louisiana!
That was fun. Eighty-two minutes later, we are in DeQueen, where we make our final set of photographs of this trip.
The first shall be the last. The same southbound loaded coal train that was our the first train that we photographed today was stopped in town, I do not recall why, and we were able to grab some shots of it leaving.
Judging by the presence of Union Pacific Railroad locomotives, this appears to be a C-KCWE, bound for Welsh, Texas, but I’m not sure.
This is where KCS’s Holiday Express stops.
The train is leaving.
After its passage, we, too, will be leaving.
We were treated to a better view of the patched Southern Pacific locomotive as one of the rear-end locomotives.
Well, all of this was fun while it lasted.
So long, Arkansas (and Oklahoma); it’s been real.
Thanks for paying attention to this series.