It seemed like only a short time after we left Green River, Wyoming that we were on the approach to Granger where we would be leaving the double track Evanston Sub main line and heading northwest up the 214-mile Pocatello Sub to our destination for the night. As we came into Granger I could see the headlights of an eastbound train we were meeting in the Forward-looking mirror at the rear of the business car Shoshone.
A few minutes later we curved off the UP’s “transcon” onto the Pocatello Subdivsion, and I changed the radio from 2727 to 2020 as per the signs and timetable.
Very quickly we were back up to the 70 mph track speed as we started up the Pocatello Sub.
After this photo I left the Shoshone at the rear of the train and made my way back forward to the dome in the Walter Dean. As I got there we started up a winding grade towards Kemmerer, Wyoming.
When we got to Kemmerer an eastbound train with a large block of refrigerator cars was in the siding for us.
West of Kemmerer at the 7331-foot siding at Fossil we went through the siding in an overtaking meet with a westbound stack train.
After the overtaking meet we headed downgrade to a valley between the mountain ranges and continued to speed on west over the flat lands.
At Montpelier, Idaho we met an eastbound train.
West of Montpelier the sun started to sink the last few inches to the horizon in front of us.
I waited for the opportunity of one last setting sun shot with the train, and around one curve in particular came the last and best shot of the day.
I put the camera away after that photograph and headed to the City of San Francisco for dinner. Afterwards I watched signals flash by in the dark as we headed on towards our first stop in Pocatello. About forty miles outside of town I gave up and went to my room to catch some sleep before our first exhibition day of the trip.