New Rio Tinto ES44ACi locomotives testing

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Got a message on Messenger with the news that 2 Rio Tinto ES44ACi locomotives are sitting outside the GE plant, to which I jokingly messaged back, "Well, you know what to do!"

Didn't give it a second thought until my contact messaged me again late last night and showed a night shot of 9131 and 9130 and the note that 9129 was on the track behind it. Again really didn't think more of it, I'm up here in Edmond, OK, they're down in Justin, TX, and it was supposed to be cloudy today anyway.

So I get a message late that now said that all 3 were together....well, that could only mean one thing:

Testing this morning.

I almost didn't come down, looking at the low clouds moving up from the south, but at the last minute, decided to take the plunge south and hightail it to Texas. Got down just in time to catch the set of all 3 just getting underway from Justin Cemetery Rd, and went down to the road crossing south of the end of the 2 tracks, and caught them underway.

And just as I thought they were going to be put away for the afternoon, I heard on the radio "They're all yours", which translated means the test engineer on the south locomotive gave the lead control to the test engineer on the north locomotive, and the chase was on.

Met up with another shootist up at Justin Cemetery road, and we both waited for the longest, while unbeknownst to us, they were swapping the 9129 for the 9131 as the south unit. So got two for the price of one.

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