July 21, 2009 was a rainy and thundery day in Little Rock, Arkansas. I
thought I'd get some train pictures in the rain, and here they are.
There was a flash flood warning out and lots of thunder along with the
heavy rain. In fact, we had 3/10 inches of rain from this system,
making the Little Rock area 12.07 inches ABOVE normal for the year.
1) MKT green short covered hopper, HLMX 4186 2) BNSF 555 (warbonnet), 122 (warbonnet) 3) UP 4791, 7821, 8329 4) Lots of heavy rain
555 and 122 lead the BNSF local from Pulaski to North Little Rock at
11:10 a.m. Here they are on Little Rock & Western's tracks waiting
for a signal. I did not adjust the exposure very much - I wanted to
show the dark, rainy conditions. RIGHT-BNSF 122 and BNSF (Santa Fe) 555.
was pouring down. Had my camera's focus on 'spot focus', otherwise it
would try to lock on the rain instead of the train. RIGHT-Yellow board!
Ready to head north.
at 11:15 a.m. I was standing on the covered platform at Union Station
at the top of the spiral staircase. LEFT-The train wrapped around the
LEFT-BN hopper. RIGHT-Parking lot west of the station at 11:35 a.m.
LEFT-UP 4791, 11:37 a.m. RIGHT-Roof of the old bay window at the station. Workers are fixing this area.
LEFT-Green signal looking east/north. RIGHT-UP 7821 from the roof, 11:52 a.m.
these containers are waterproof!! They're getting a good washdown. As I
took this picture, a loud clap of thunder occurred, one of those that
continued to echo on and on. RIGHT-DPU 8329, 11:54 a.m.
MKT short green hopper, HLMX 4186, was on another freight earlier in the day.
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