This story is a bit late but needs to be told
Sunday saw NS 225 at MP 195 with a "Restricted Approach" signal. That was odd but I thought nothing more of it as there was probably work going on down in Tuscaloosa. The next trains should have been Amtrak. Train 19 came but had a "Stop" signal. Odd. Train 20 was late and getting later. I went home and decided to wait by the radio and listen for 20 to arrive. what I heard was A55 was stalled soth of Tuscaloosa and the power from NS 225 was about to cut off and go
help out. I got my camera and climbed on my trust chasing steed and took off. When I arrived at the depot the power from NS 225 had cut off and was down by the ABS interlocking. Not wanting to get in the way (some crews are camera shy) I stayed at the depot to wait for the power to return. Afetr about 30 minutes or so they came back and coupled up. After another short delay they were gone. Thinking 19 would come by next I stayed at the depot. That wasn't going to be
the case. I went to 10th Avenue and found Big Mo and Train 19 in the hole. He informed me that two northbounders and Train 20 would come by before they could leave Bryant. And that's how Train 19 and 20 meet at the same place two and a half hours late.
Turmoil in Tuscaloosa
Amtrak's delays with a Heritage Unit
The Saga of NS 225
Howard at MP 195