Right around this time last year, rail traffic was starting to steadily decreased in all parts of the country, thanks to our lovely economy. Even the transcon lines, dominated by interstate coal drags, grain shuttles, and 10,000-ton intermodal stack trains saw their daily tonnage drop like a rock.
On this day, traffic was definitely slower, but my roommate, who had never railfanned before, was surprised by how "busy" this line was compared to our measly little single-main running through Hays. Here, our first train of the day, a BNSF double-stack heads in-bound to Argentine while passing through CP Holliday, the unofficial beginning of the west yard throat.
On the point are BNSF ES44DC #7423 and BNSF C44-9W #4895.
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM
ISO 200 @ 1/500, f/9