Thursday, May 20, 2010 was a rainy day in Pacific MO. St.
Louis Chapter NRHS President Ron Gawedzinski had arranged for a
group of railfans and friends from St. Chapter NRHS and Gateway
Division NMRA to ride Union
Pacific's Operation Lifesaver train
to Washington MO. An estimate of 80 people were present
and rode. There was a group of school students that planned to
be on the train for the Operation Lifesaver program, but
scheduling complications caused them to cancel.
Despite the rain, all seemed to enjoy the ride and many cameras
and camcorders were busy. Umbrellas and rain gear were in heavy
use. The major problem the rain caused was getting good
pictures through the rain drops on the dome and other car
windows, but that didn't dampen the spirits, it just provided
special effects. After the return to Pacific, the train stayed
a while and more photos were taken. Ingenious methods were used
to protect the cameras and camcorders from the rain and still
get good pictures and video. A special treat for those who
had not seen it was UP1982, the SD60 painted in the new MoPac
Thanks to the Union
, their crews, police, and especially Ron
for arranging the trip.
Pictures of the trip are available