Union Pacific Railroad detour on the normally out-of-service ex-M&I Mosher Branch in Missouri, 2019
Published at : 20 Dec 2020
In March 2019, major flooding on the Mississippi River caused the flood gates to close in Ste. Genevieve, MO, forcing BNSF Railway's River Subdivision to shut down. Normally, Union Pacific's local moves traffic for Mississippi Lime using trackage rights over the BNSF River Sub from Ste. Genevieve to reach its own line at Crystal City, MO. At Crystal City, the lime cars then run north on a UP branch to Riverside siding on the Desoto Sub near Pevely, MO, where they're forwarded on to another UP local (LSE-57) which takes them to St. Louis.
When the BNSF flood gates close, Union Pacific is forced to re-open the normally out-of-service Mosher Branch of the former Missouri & Illinois (M&I) Railway between Ste. Genevieve and Derby Jct. in Park Hills, MO, in order for Mississippi Lime's traffic to continue moving via the De Soto Sub. At Derby Jct., the line joins in with the "Bonne Terre Industrial Lead" to reach the De Soto Sub main line at Bismarck.
The video starts off with the LSH-15 running northeast out of Bismarck, MO. Subsequent views include the Missouri towns of Park Hills, Ogborn, Farmington, Weingarten, New Offenburg, and Ste. Genevieve. A special feature of this video is footage of the train crossing the famous Rough Creek trestle, one of the few of its kind in this part of the country. You may note that in the second and third video clips, the same locomotive set is pulling different freight cars than the rest of the video. The reason for this is that I had originally intended on following the train on Thursday, March 21, but because of a track defect, the crew was ordered to tie their train down for the day resulting in only those two clips. I came back the following day, March 23, and simply started filming where I left off.
As an added bonus, at the 7:00 mark you will notice I caught the southbound Bonne Terre local coming down the Bonne Terre Industrial Lead in Park Hills - a rare treat having two trains in town at once. I hope you enjoy this footage. -Scott Nauert