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NRHS 2014 Convention Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Springdale to Mountainburg Photo Freight June 10, 2014



by Chris Guenzler



After lunch we returned to the station to get ready for the trip this afternoon.

The Consist

This train had Arkansas & Missouri 44 and 68 C-420s, A&M Box Car 512, A&M Hopper 330, A&M Hopper 1512, A&M Hopper 330, A&M Hopper 882, AM Gondola 625, Open Window Coach 104, Coach 105, Coach 106 and Diner 109.

The Trip



The Safety Meeting we have before each trip. We loaded the train and I gave another safety briefing to my passengers before we left Springdale for Mountainburg.







These are my passengers I car hosted for on this afternoon trip. The train ran straight to the Winslow Tunnel and stopped at the south portal and dropped us off.





The train at the south portal of the Winslow Tunnel. The train was spotted for posed photos.





The first posed picture at the south portal of the Winslow Tunnel.





The second posed picture at the south portal of the Winslow Tunnel.





Our Photo Freight group at the south portal of the Winslow Tunnel.





The third posed picture at the south portal of the Winslow Tunnel.





The train crossed Trestle #1 also known as the Boston Mountain Viaduct #1 which is 125 feet high and 780 feet long. We stopped at the south end and unloaded for more posed pictures. I sent ten people at a time to first shot on the right side of the tracks then move to the left side of the tracks. I would shot my pictures with the last group.





The right side view of our train on Trestle #1.





The left side views of our train on Trestle #1. Once we got everyone back on the train the skies let loose with a heavy rain shower. We crossed Trestle #2 also known as the Boston Mountain Viaduct #2 which is 421 long and 110 feet tall. We then crossed Trestle #3 also known as the Boston Mountain Viaduct #3 and the rain stopped. We unloaded again for posed pictures and we used the same method as before.





The right side view at Trestle #3.





The left side view at Trestle #3. We reloaded the train and headed to our next Photo Runby at Schaberg.







Back up move 1 at Schaberg.









Photo Runby 1 at Schaberg.







Back up move 2 at Schaberg.









Photo Runby 2 at Schaberg.





The station sign at Schaberg.





Our group walking back to reboard the train. We headed to Howard Fork of the Frog Bayou Bridge at MP 388.8 for our last posed and Photo Runby of the day.





Howard Fork of the Frog Bayou at MP 388.8. We detrained and headed down to the water level for pictures.











Posed pictures at the Howard Fork of the Frog Bayou Bridge.







Back up move at the Howard Fork of the Frog Bayou Bridge.













Photo Runby 1 at the Howard Fork of the Frog Bayou Bridge.





The walk back up to our train. We ran to Mountainburg where this fantastic photo freight trip ended. I lead the way to the buses and boarded the first bus back. I saved Bart Jennings the front seat by me and the bus took us back to the Holiday Inn. There I signed up for the banquet table before driving to Subway for dinner to go and returned to write the stories of today before going to bed early tonight.



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