We’re on our way to Omaha, on I-80, George is paying for the gas, but its my car and I’m driving, so we stopped at Hanna. Its hot, but sleepy pleasant at trackside. I photograph my surroundings as I wait. Repeated glances, east and west are finally rewarded with headlights – an eastbound. I’m using my 300 mm zoom lens and I reach out and start shooting, before you know it, I’m getting the last “going away” shot. The glancing resumes. Another eastbound comes around the curve. Again, the long lens reaches out and ——– , its a blue front! Closer and I see the distinctive nose of an Amtrak locomotive. Again, before you know it, I’m getting the “going away” shots. Surprise! A westbound is making its demand it be photographed too. Somewhere in the resulting long lens frenzy, I realize the lead locomotive is the WP heritage unit. After the shooting ends with the last “going away” shot of the “WP” train,”sleepy pleasant” threatens to take hold of me. Its over and its time to go.
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