Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

A Lot Can Happen in a Week

You may recall that we had a late-season snowstorm here on Monday. The 15 cm on the ground here at Fernley was nothing compared to what Reno/Sparks got, causing massive traffic problems. Oddly enough, apparently there was very little snowfall in the Sierra Nevada to the west of us. The storm sneaked around the Sierra somehow.

Three days after the storm, few signs of of the snow remain on the ground here, and much of the snow on the surrounding hills is gone as well. The weather has turned sunny and warmer, and I took the opportunity to take pictures of both of Thursday's "people trains."

Spring Train

Westbound Amtrak #5 shot through at full speed on Thursday morning, and with the "house tracks" empty, it was a chance for me to get a clear shot of the train.

Spring Train

Running on time at 4:45 PM, eastbound Amtrak #6 came though at a more sedate pace, as the dispatcher had set up a meet with a westbound freight train. Having had a bit of notice that they were on the way, I was able to go out and perch atop the concrete pad that once held some sort of railroad infrastructure (possibly the water tower whose boards were incorporated into the under-floor support beams of our house) to get this closer shot. Compare this shot to this one that I took on Monday afternoon. It's not the same location (the concrete footing on which I stood in the above photo is visible to the left of the power pole in the linked photo), but you may be able to see how much snow was on the hills around us and compare it to Thursday's show to see how fast it all melted.

Fortunately, the quick melt has not triggered any flooding other than some very large puddles in some low-lying areas.
Tags: amtrak, fernley, weather

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