While "Big BN" (the BNSF through freight that stops to pick up and drop cars at Fernley) waited on the main for it to pass, this afternoon's Amtrak #6 passed by only a few minutes late, with three private cars on the tail. (BNSF would follow them east.) In the foreground, a maintainer was using a crane to load concrete grade crossing replacement pieces onto a flatbed truck. (The concrete sections were delivered here a few weeks ago by a different truck.) After he put the crane away (I didn't want to get close while he had the crane deployed), I went over and asked what was up, and he said they were working on replacing every grade crossing on the Nevada Sub. He also when I asked told me that he expected that the wooden spacers between the concrete sections would simply be thrown away, so if I want them, I should come get them. If they aren't riddled with nails so that we can chop them into pieces, I thought they might make good kindling wood for the fireplace this winter.
After Amtrak and "Big BN" left, the "Little BN" Local had room to come out from the "R-Max" industrial lead at the east end of Fernley and come back to the little two-track yard across from the house to do some more of their work before they could head home to Sparks.