Our good friend Snap was back recently, this time chasing the Katy’s Oak Hill switch job. “Looks like he captured some pretty good shots of our SW1500, #51, says yard foreman Stan Kranky. “I told him to be careful crossing the tracks while over there at Oak Hill. There are a lot of industry spurs.”
This was Snap’s lucky day, because besides rail-fanning the Katy and watching #51 go about its chores, Snap got a glimpse of SLSF train #SPL as it waited for the Katy to cross the diamond at Eagle Junction. (It’s usually the Katy waiting on the Frisco at this junction.) Snap decided to drive over to Hoegaarden, where he found the Eagle River Division’s MOW train rebuilding track on a curve not too far from the Rock Bottom Brewery. He discovered there had been a couple of derailments at that site recently, and the track needed to be replaced.
Since he had the whole day off, Snap got in his Oldsmobile and drove to South Park, where he was delighted to find both the Frisco and the MOP tracks full at the refueling racks. “There were five tracks, and every one of them was full of locomotives!” explained an excited Snap. “I took as many shots as I could before they ran me off the property.”