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I got on this train around 9pm in Kansas City, Kansas. Two friends were already on it, they got on in Ft Madison, Iowa. They told me it was a short train & they were 6 cars up from the last one & that 3 cars up from the last one was another ride, that's the one I got on. The train pulled up about half a mile further than normal because of how short it was, which meant I had to run through the yard to get on. It wasn't a far run & luckily an eastbound GM was rolling on the other tracks providing cover. It's been pretty smooth. I'm currently sided on a trestle over a river in El Dorado, Kansas. I'm under a UPS trailer & behind me is a UPS intermodal container (single stack) on a flat car, I traced it & it said this is do to NBAY on the 4th 10:48am, perfect. I'll be getting off in Bakersfield, California. 2:22am, we aired up & I put my earplugs in expecting to start rolling again but we just sat there. Now I hear the horn of another train, not sure if it's headed our way or passing us going opposite but that's clearly why we're sided. Hmm it didn't pass us, 3 minutes after we aired up we suddenly jolted forward & we're off again. Time to take off my glasses & turn my…oh there it is, passing us going opposite way, turning phone off now til next entry.
Glad to see you're doing okay, also I like this journal style of posting.
Ride safe, Kid. It's nice to have you here.
I highly approve of your hat.>>4588
Flagstaff isn't the worst place to get stuck in. The nights are shockingly cold, but the locals are fairly sympathetic. Just hang out around downtown and you should be fine.
I've been living in Kansas City MO for a while, in the west bottoms really close to both a BNSF yard and a UP yard. BNSF is within walking distance, I have to take the bus for the UP one since it's about 3 miles away. I've just been rail fanning a lot, I have a spot with some other locals where we watch trains. There's also a model railroad store one block over from me there.
I've been in Flagstaff a few times before, and yeah the locals are pretty nice. Last I was there was winter 2 years ago and this lady let me stay at her house for a week, 3 days where she wasn't even home. I just met her in the cafe. My tag, my little hobo signature can be found in that park near downtown. It's xH(A)PPYX with a wifi symbol underneath, there's also a tag from a now retired rider there named Candlemass, his moniker is exactly what his name suggests. You'll also find smaller tags (candles and mine are in spray paint) done with markers from a kid named Coyote and a man who has since passed named Roach. They're in that weird concrete structure there.