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13th Annual 24 hours of Saginaw 2018 May 25 and 26, 2018

by Chris Guenzler

After checking in at the Days Inn Chris Parker and I stopped at a gas station to get Coca-Cola and then we headed over to Saginaw to the event.

24 hours of Saginaw 2018

Come watch trains for 24 Hours with us on Friday, through Saturday, 7:00pm to 7:00pm over Memorial Day Weekend at the Saginaw Heritage Center (the depot) 301 S. Saginaw Blvd in Saginaw, TX.

For over a decade, the North Texas Chapter, NRHS has had the privilege of hosting a 24 hour railwatching event at the Saginaw Depot over Memorial day weekend starting on Friday evening and ending Saturday evening for a full 24 hours. In past years we have had approximately 100 or more Railfans attend this event to watch trains day and night. In addition to watching trains, we schedule programs to entertain guests including slide shows, speakers, clinics, videos and railroad trivia to keep guests entertained between trains.

We parked our rental car then meet several people and I passed out my business card to each one I met. We made a photo line for the passing of the next Amtrak train through Saginaw.

Amtrak Heartland Flyer 822 through Saginaw.

The Southern Pacific station from Kosse, Texas.

Santa Fe caboose 999116.

Burligton Northern ex Great Northern Baggage Express Car 1489.

D&RGW Cargill Box Car 641417.

The display train at Saginaw.

Union Pacific 7339 north came through next.

KCS 4693 South was our next train that came through. We had a brief Operation Lifesaver talk.

BNSF 6710 came through before the evening programs began. Our first show was by Hayley Enoch, a Trains Magazine Correspondent, called Rail Travel Experience and it was a very good show. Next up was Steven Allen Goen showing three things: A Day at the Snyder Depot then Frisco Finest Hour and the Cisco Northwestern Railroad. I was then up showing my Friday Winterail Programs called Trains in the Life of Chris Guenzler 2017, 2012 and 2013. Once done we left to get a good night's sleep at the Days Inn.

Day 2 of 24 Hours of Saginaw 5/26/2018 We got up and went across US 287 to McDonalds for hot cakes and sausage. We went and finished DART by taking the train to DFW Airport before we returned to Saginaw and the Day 2 of 24 Hours of Saginaw. We went out made a photo line and waited for our next train to arrive.

The railfans at the 24 Hours of Saginaw.

Light power move with the BNSF 4635.

BNSF 8386 South with NS C44-9W and DPU BNSF 8049.

BNSF Saginaw Switcher 1227 and 3102.

BNSF light power move 7362.

BNSF 9171 North with CP Rail AC4400CW.

Amtrak Heartland Flyer 821 heading to Fort Worth. I called the Lets Talk Train show which Skip Waters was hosted.

Union Pacific 6907 West came through next. Chris Parker and I crossed US 287 and walked to the Texas B-B-Q and had excellent barbecue chicken for our dinner about 2 PM. We then went back to the station where we heard a horn and went to get pictures.

KCS SD70ACe 4046 led KCS AC4400CW 4639 and CP Rail AC4400CW 9546 out of Saginaw.

KCS SD70ACe 4126 South and KCS SD70MACe 3927 ran by us next.

Some more Railfans at 24 Hours of Saginaw. Now it was time for the Great Locomotive Trivia Game. Skip Water moved the train from the roundhouse to the Texas and Pacific station and I was a judge while Sam Metzgzgar hosted and asked the questions.

Scenes from the Great Locomotive Trivia Game. Winners were 1st Place the Milwaukee Road followed by Union Pacific in 2nd Place and the Daylight engine took 3rd Place. Then it was time for programs so Steve Grabman showed his The Saginaw Trifecta Railfanning the BNSF Wichita Falls & Fort Worth Sub which was excellent and Winterail quality. After that it was more time for trains.

A Union Pacific Hi Rail came through the crossing.


KCS ES44AC 4693 and SD70ACe KCS 4046 came through Saginaw.

Amtrak Heartland Flyer 822 passing through Saginaw.

BNSF 4917 North was the last train counted at Saginaw this year.

BNSF 8479 South with NS SD60E 6953. I then showed my Friday Winterail Programs called Trains in the Life of Chris Guenzler 2014, 2015 and 2016. We played Trivia for one little girl who has come to every year since she was born and loved my programs so her father and I coached her the right answers so she would win her door prize and Skip gave her two things to take home. With that done there had been 58 trains in 24 Hours of Saginaw. I said goodbye to Skip and thanked him having me present this year. Chris Parker and I drove back to the Days Inn for our final night in Texas. 24 Hours of Saginaw was an excellent Railfan event to come to and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in trains.

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