4-3-2016 - Photographing UPRR PCBSF2-02
Long-time friend and fellow New Orleans native Kurt Hampton gave me a heads-up that he would be in DFW this weekend for WrestleMania. He carved some time into his schedule to visit on the morning of Sunday, April 3. A quick check with the local railfan network revealed that the Union Pacific would be running a business car train into Fort Worth from McAlester, OK this morning. We had something to do!
Kurt picked up my brother, Steven, on the way to the house. My uncle, Joe Scorsone, and my son Jacob also joined us for the outing.
We decided on a spot in Argyle to get the shot of Council Bluffs, IA to Spofford, TX business car train PCBSF2-02. En-route from Council Bluffs, IA to Spofford, TX this train would have a pair of clean ES44AC-H locomotives and twelve passenger cars all adorned in the UP yellow and grey paint scheme.
(Note: Images are linked to larger files posted on rrpicturearchives.net)
I handed Jacob my Canon 20D camera with a 23-135mm lens, gave him a few ideas, and let him pick his shot. The third shot in the above slideshow is what he came up with! Not bad at all...
Below is a photo-consist of this train:
ES44AC-H Locomotives UP 2527 and UP 8112
Power Car UPP 2066
Crew Sleeper UPP 202 Willie James
Crew Sleeper UPP 314 Columbia River
Business Car UPP 102 St. Louis
Baggage Recreation Car UPP 5779
Deluxe Sleeper UPP 1602 Green River
Deluxe Sleeper UPP 1605 Powder River
Deluxe Sleeper UPP 412 Lake Forest
Deluxe Sleeper UPP 315 Little Rock
Dome Lounge UPP 9005 Walter Dean
Diner UPP 302 Overland
Theater Inspection Car UPP 420 Fox River
The Union Pacific business car fleet is impressive. Being able to see one of these trains in motion is a great experience! Union Pacific also has indexed their active business car fleet on their corporate website. The button below will take you to this index. Most of the cars have unique .pdf write-ups, many with interior photographs and floor plan drawings.