My Dad and I took a small trip on Amtrak's Texas Eagle from Taylor to Fort Worth last Thursday. I was very impressed in the trip. The train was overall very clean, we had no trouble with little kids, and the entire staff was very friendly.
We got to the station in Taylor an hour before the schedualed arrival (11:23AM) just to watch the action. I at around 11:10 I walked out UP's station in Taylor to check the siginal's to see if the track was aligned for Amtrak yet and to my surprise, I saw the unique lights of Amtrak 125 down the line. It was early! I took position and got this coming in shot of the Texas Eagle.
My Dad and I were the only passengers getting on in Taylor so we had an early departure. We got our seats but headed straight for the sightseer's lounge. Photography from Amtrak is harder than I thought it would be. I finally was able to get some decent shots in Temple when switched to BNSF trackage for the run to Fort Worth and stopped at the old Santa Fe station there. #2 is a shot of the engine terminal there.
Three SD45-2s moving around the yard kept us entertined during the stop.
After we got out of Temple the engineer opened her up and we flew. You know you are moving when you start passing cars on the highway. We never stopped or even slowed for another train the entire trip.