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Train Mural

Train Mural in Progress

We saw this on FecesBook® a couple of days ago, so The Better Half and I went down to the Library in Civic Center yesterday and she took this (clickable) image of the artist putting on some finishing touches to the mural. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this mural and a clamoring for more to be commissioned.

The subject is the Town’s landmark railroad engine, AT&SF No. 761 crossing the colorful desert. The link takes you to a post we made about a new paint job on the iconic static display on Railroad Street, just a few hundred yards from the mural, last November.

Lately, TBH and I have been getting more active in attending events around town, like the team steer roping and our likelihood of going to more events in the coming weeks. There is a “Cowgirl Up” art exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in town currently and we’re probably going to see that this next week.

Classic AT&SF Railroad Engine and Caboose

Restored Engine and Caboose

The Chamber of Commerce and the Town collaborated to paint and restore our classic Old 761 Engine and Caboose in Downtown Wickenburg earlier this year. The Better Half and I were out taking donated goods to a couple of charities near there, so we stopped along the road so she could capture this panoramic image of the old train. This is a quarter mile north of where the current BNSF tracks cross US 60. Clickable image.

New Paint for Old 761

AT&SF Locomotive

Our Town’s old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Locomotive (No. 761) and Caboose got a face-lift when crews applied new black and red paint this year. The town is preparing for the Annual Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo that will take place over the coming weekend. The new paint fits in with those preparations.

While the town will be immersed in up to twenty thousand extra non-full-time-residents this weekend, The Better Half and I will be heading out to Kalifornistan for a visit with the kids and grandson. We regret not being able to attend the antique car show tomorrow afternoon, but it will likely be the same dudes and their classics we saw at the Cops Who Care Rally in December and at the shows in October and February last year. The same goes for the parade on Saturday.

I checked the weather forecast at both ends of our trip; it will be slightly warmer at the Palm Desert end than here in town, but both will have highs in the 80’s and lows in the 50’s. This is a bit warmer than normal for mid-February. We’re packing shorts and T-shirts but with sweatpants and a hoodie in case it gets nippy.

The Kingman Powerhouse on Route 66


I was looking through the archives trying to find some unrelated photos from early May of 2010 when I ran across this short video I took at the Kingman Powerhouse on our way through town. We usually stop there to get a couple of Route 66 souvenirs and I always like to go upstairs to watch the model trains that are almost constantly running. I always get a wave of nostalgia when thinking about this place.

The Better Half and I have made it a priority to visit the powerhouse whenever we pass through Kingman. We have been traveling the west together for many years and are particularly fond of Route 66 from California through Arizona and beyond. We actually stayed in Kingman on our way home from visiting our grandchildren in Northern California last September. A stop at the powerhouse was, of course, necessary.

The trip in 2010 when I recorded the video was at the time that TBH and I had just bought the Arizona property and we took a couple days vacation up through Kingman and on over to Havasu before heading back to the California house. It would not be until January of 2011 that we could occupy and make the Arizona home our permanent domicile.

BNSF Desert Express

BNSF Desert Express

We passed this freight train on our way down to do some shopping in the Northwest Phoenix Metro Area. It had the three locomotives (shown) and a trail of flatcars with piggy-back truck trailers from various carriers. There were also some shipboard containers on a few cars.

The Better Half took this (clickable) image of the train as it passed along the west bank of the Hassayampa River a few hundred feet before crossing the bridge to the east bank. The track continues another mile or so before crossing under the Morristown Overpass on US 60.

We stopped for gas in Surprise (cheaper than in Wickenburg). While we were pumping gas, this train passed across the road from the station as it continued southbound toward Phoenix.

Herzog Railway Maintenence in Wickenberg

Wickenberg Siding

The Better Half took this photo on our return from a visit to the medical clinic today. I saw a railway crew moving this Herzog maintenance engine onto the siding the other day when I had to go over to that side of town. After this photo and the event from the other day, I got curious and did an internet search on “Herzog railway” and got directed to the Herzog website. This statement describes the mission of their company located in St Joseph, MO:

Railway Track Maintenance of Way Services with an Unlimited Potential

Herzog Railroad Services Inc. is a leader in innovative maintenance of way equipment leasing services. Our operators are the best in the industry and our fleet of specialty railway track equipment delivers safety, efficiency, and precision to railroads leading to high cost saving benefits and maximized productivity. From material handling, ballast and rail unloading, railcar leasing and repairs, and advanced LIDAR right of way imagery, we have the railway track equipment and solutions for nearly all maintenance of way needs.

Our railroad equipment is ideal for completing an assortment of material handling tasks in narrow work windows and single and multiple track environments. We are here to provide confidence and security to rail operators day and night.

There is a slideshow on their site with pictures of some of their equipment in action. Very interesting.

Grand Canyon Railroad Chardonnay

LabelOur very good friends that live over on the Colorado River visited The Grand Canyon over the past couple of days. They were on their way home today and stopped in to visit us in Wickenburg which is more or less on the way. Our friends were kind enough to present us with a bottle of Chardonnay with this unique label that they procured while in a gift shop by the Grand Canyon Railway.

The Better Half and I have often discussed, but have never acted upon, the notion to take the train from Williams, AZ to the Canyon. Our friends told us about their experience and the discussion gave me some serious wanderlust. In the first place, I like trains and we both love to visit the Grand Canyon, so that item is back near the top of the bucket list. We will have to figure out some logistics like what to do with our two dogs, Scratch ‘n’ Sniff on the trip, but I’m sure the pets problem has been dealt with in the past.

Clickable image courtesy The Better Half.

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