I had to work over the weekend making it kind of gloomy. However two bright spots came in for my rescue.
IRFCA member Shikhar Parjan from Portland, OR, visited me on Friday, August 11 and I had few hours window on Saturday, August 12 for rail fanning. I called Saquib, another IRFCA member from Phoenix, AZ area and he agreed to join me.
Shikhar and I visited Amtrak Depot in Maricopa on Friday afternoon but could not capture action on film. However, on Saturday, Saquib and I were ready with camcorders, tripods and cameras.
Weather was typical Arizona type in summer, hot and nothing but hot. To add salt, it rained previous nights raising humidity. The end result was 105° F with 50+% humidity.
Fortunately, Amtrak depot is open during daytime (even though only two trains stop at Maricopa, one at 1:30 AM and the other at 10:30 PM), offering air-conditioned waiting room, water fountain and restroom.
Remains of steam era, huge water tank. The freight train in hole is headed for Los Angeles. I feel pity of Engineers because she was on hole for almost two hours meeting four other train heading towards Tucson. With weather being hot and cab is not air-conditioned, it certainly was not the best time to relax.