Ive been standing on a bridge in Winslow, AZ...Well thats not exactly how the Eagles song "Taking it Easy" goes but its CLOSE!
Another shot Ive always wanted to do. A freight with a warbonnet leader climbs out of the dip towards yarding and crew change in Winslow, AZ. The distant light is another train, nearly 8 miles away.
Now one would think the BNSF Transcon is ultra busy. I dont think so. Youll get a pack of trains (and if your lucky, in both directions at the same time), of 2 or even upwards of 6 and then the mainline will be dead for an hour or two or three. With that said, the line sees at best, 80 trains in 24 hours.
Getting this shot is a interesting tale. On one of the few nights I got a motel room versus sleeping in the rental car, I got up an hour before sunrise to get into position for the day. The hill at Winona. I packed my things and left, I stayed in downtown Flagstaff (which really isnt that impressive), and crossed the tracks just as the crossing gates started flashing. I went over to the next crossing in time to see the power, TWO warbonnets! Well...that changes my plans and so I went to Winslow to shoot it in daylight versus staying at Winona and shooting it before dawn. Things still worked out although I wish I had gone further east and seen the Apache...the ONLY thing I did NOT do! GRRRRRRRR me.