Lousy'sPhotoBlog - RainyTrain
When the train arrived in Tobyhanna, PA, a deduction which did not require much meteorological schooling was that the sky would "open up" soon -----> 1
The question was, "How soon?"
In the train were some tank cars filled with propane to leave on a customer's lot. The cars were a considerable distance from in the engine - where no one gets rained on.
"Well...let's get out and assess the situation." -----> 2
A glance skyward was not encouraging... -----> 3
...but an extended hand felt only a sprinkle, at most -----> 4
"OK, partner - let's give this a go" -----> 5
"I'll uncouple in back of the cars for the customer." -----> 6
"Then you move the train waaaaay down there, I'll throw the switch and you can back the cars onto the customer's property."
But moments after the plan had begun -----> 7
...the sprinkle intensified..... -----> 8
...into a downpour; -----> 9
...then into a wind-whipped monsoon. -----> 10
Bottom line is: Having a plan and sticking to it -----> 11
...was in the interest of... -----> 12
...keeping a customer satisfied -----> 13
Now that the three cars - formerly in the middle of the train - were delivered to the customer, the next chore was hooking the remaining two parts of the train together. -----> 14
Although lighter rain persisted during most of the additional 30-mile ride south to Slateford, PA, the Tobyhanna torrent was not repeated. Some places en route included Pocono Summit -----> 15
...where sissy Kim - like at Tobyhanna - was sheltered by the overhang of the station's roof -----> 16
Mount Pocono (Kim was also station-bound) -----> 17
Cresco (from beneath a tree) -----> 18
Henryville (Good ol' trees) -----> 19
Analomink (Trees serve another purpose, too :>) -----> 20
Gravel Place (Only sprinkles) -----> 21
...suburban Delaware Water Gap (No rain) -----> 22
...and finally Slateford, -----> 23
...where darkness prevented photo #24. Photo #25, however is two days older and shows what was done: Part of the train was put on the shortest siding (left) in the Slateford Yard; part of the train was put on tracks closest to the Delaware River (right), and mostly-loaded cars (center) were then hauled back to Scranton -----> 25
Not only darkness, but also an empty stomach suspended "train chasing" 'til another day.
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