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  Trip Report: Steam Across the Panhandles - Chapter 1
  Guymon, OK
UP 844 on display for Guymon Pioneer Days
  From: Steam Across the Panhandles Dates: May 5-7, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Arriving in Guymon Friday afternoon (5-May-2006), I found 844 parked, almost by itself in the rain. One father and son are out for a look, though.
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Photo 2
Maybe an APB went out that Guymon had been overrun with railfans... Or maybe they're just kicking off the 2006 Guymon Pioneer Day parade on Saturday morning!
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Photo 3
Sorry, always had a fascination with longhorns...
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Photo 4
844's presence was one of the highlights of Pioneer Day. As a result, some of the UP Steam Crew participated in the parade. Here's the first half of the UP Steam crew, out in the rain in a 1969 Buick Electra 225.
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The first car again, this time from the back.
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Photo 7
And a rear view of the second car
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Photo 8
The two cars of crew together, passing below one of the big Pioneer Day banners.
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Photo 9
See, even 844 made the parade! Okay, so it's not the real 844, but it's enough to see that the locals really do appreciate the engine's visit.
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Photo 10
After the parade, I went for a quick drive to Dalhart and back to scout the line for any shot that wasn't a 3/4 prairie wedgie. Along the way, I found a burst of sunlight and this westbound stacker near Stratford, TX.
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Photo 11
The second unit was UP 5277, one of the newer GEVO units in the new, modified Building America paintscheme
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Photo 12
Despite the rain and mud, there's still a large number of people out to see the train leave Guymon. It's about 1500h, and they're preparing for their departure, only an hour away. One of the first signs is that the viewing platform is coming down.
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Photo 13
There's Jack Wheelihan (I think), hanging out of 844's window and giving the viewing platform teardown guys a little help.
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Photo 14
A few more minutes pass, and the crew starts to bring 844 back to life. The generators are fired up, and noisy bursts of steam start appearing from, well, somewhere. My guess is they were preheating the cylinders.
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Photo 15
Tada! 844, ready for departure... unfortunately it's still dark and raining. I guess I'll head west to stake out a good spot.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2006 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. This allows and encourages others to copy, modify, use, and distribute my work, without the hassle of asking me for explicit permission or fear of copyright violation. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.