Back in 2007 when my father was still alive out in Sweetwater I took him out for a drive on a Saturday afternoon. Stopping by the BNSF yard office I found out I had missed the CSX #1 leading an eastbound freight on its way to Temple by 15 minutes. The roads being what they are I would have had to probably go most of the way to Brownwood to get ahead of it, and I could not do that with my father in the car. I made it a goal to track it down sometime in the future whenever I was back east, but never got close in the following years.
Last week out of the blue I got a call from one of my friends that the CSX #1 was leading an eastbound train into the metroplex on the UP, so I finally put my plan into action. With a little help from friends at the UP it was spotted in a fairly good location so I could get a roster shot.
It had a light tower and a few poles in the background, but hey, sometimes you take what you can get, and I have no complaints as I finally accomplished my goal. The fact that my son lives in West Virginia makes it even better!