"Your mean Andre! Just kidding! Hey I know 2 A&M engineers that run around Fort Smith, Van Buren. I know you and I know Greg, I met Greg one day riding the passenger train."
Speaking of the passenger train: Looks like I'll be on that job every Saturday for a while. Must say that it is great to be able to leave the yard limits and let it roll. I've missed running the road. I swear everytime I make that run up through there it just keeps getting prettier and prettier. No way pictures could ever do it justice, but I will try to take some soon. Also note that it's a far cry from sitting on the conductor's side and enjoying the view (as most of my experience with that section was some 20 years ago) and having to keep up with where you're at and maintain track speed as it is when on the hot seat. Having to run long hood forward half the trip doesn't help.
(snip: greasy, nasty engine work)
Fun, ain't it? Been there, done that... don't want no more of it.
Isn't changing the brushes on a traction motor fun? Or how about using a high pressure washer to clean the engine bay? Such joy.