September 30th, 2015

Beware of Trains

Special Train Coming Through

Shortly after 1 PM today, the regular eastbound "Z" train (high-priority intermodal) came through through Fernley, and as often happens, Lisa and I went out to watch it go by. Not too long thereafter, we heard another train coming, and Lisa was out ahead of me. She spotted it first. "Look! Look! Look!" she shrieked, and I realized it was the BNSF business train.

I did not have my camera-phone on my belt. I just got a new smartphone yesterday, and it's bigger than the old phone and thus doesn't fit in the holster. I dashed inside and grabbed the phone off the desk. But by the time I got the phone unlocked and the camera app launched, the train was upon us, and the cars parked in the Fernley "house tracks" blocked most of the view.

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After we returned home from our fruitless train chase, I configured the new smartphone with one-button access (even when locked) to the camera. I also need to go buy a case for the phone, hopefully one with a belt holster.