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Posted by frank11217 on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:37 PM

I have a free Sunday afternoon in Omaha coming up in a couple of weeks, and I'd like to spend a few hours train watching. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Posted by MarknLisa on Thursday, March 17, 2011 5:13 PM

The 10th St Bridge over the the UP main line. It's between the old Union Depot & the old CB&Q depot.  But it's feast or famine. Might see nothing for 3 hrs then half a dozen in 30 min. Can see Amtrak early in the AM or Late in the PM.  UP Harriman dispatch center is a couple of blocks away. It's also about a block from the Old Market district. Lots of places to eat. Lots of shops to keep an uninterested spouse busy if you are so encumbered. 

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Posted by mbv9415 on Friday, March 18, 2011 11:07 AM

Best bet for activity in Omaha is across the river in Council Bluffs. Both UP and IC/CN mains are under the Kanesville Viaduct and Ave G Bridges. It is also the site of the UP Heritage Car shops. If there is a system directors special anywhere, they will be switching cars around. You can get good views from the grain elevator, which has an unrepainted KCS switcher. The IC/CN has had EJE Sd38's lately.

South expressway by I-80/29 has BNSF yard, Iowa Interstate, and UP. You can access loco shop at Iowa Int from a side street. Lots of power, business cars. BNSF yard has layover KCS units if loading grain at Bartlett Elevator.

Most bang for the buck in a short time. And all of these areas are with 1.5 miles of downtown Council Bluffs.

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