Now that was a weird-looking train that inched its way across Albany streets on Wednesday morning.
Well, not weird exactly. Just different, a kind of locomotive and train I can’t remember seeing before.
What do I mean by “inched”? In mean this train was slow. Slow enough for drivers waiting at the crossing to turn around and go another way. Here, take a look at the video:
This was, as the label on the equipment said, a MOW or “maintenance of way” train.
A few months ago, a big crew from Union Pacific made its way up the main line in the valley. They were replacing worn-out cross tries with fresh ones, stacking the old ones by the side of the track.
The MOW train on Wednesday was picking up the stacks.
This engine, UP 958200, apparently was new in 2019 when it made its appearance in Sidney, Neb. Its presence there was noted on a website called trainorders.com.
On the Internet there’s a video of the same train going through Newark, Calif., in April 2022.
In case it matters, the engine was made by Relco, a company in Albia, Iowa.
Union Pacific is a big railroad and has thousands of miles of track to maintain. So it’s no surprise that from time to time MOW equipment shows up in towns of many states.
And Wednesday it was Albany’s turn.(hh)