by Inge Trost
On Friday morning, May 10, 2017, I got in my car to make a trip to the supermarket. I stopped at a red light at the corner of Naaman School Road and Highway 78 (Lavon Drive) in Garland, Texas. The light turned green and I turned north onto Highway 78, crossed the KCS tracks, and noticed a pair of KCS locomotives stopped on the tracks. Then I noticed all the automobiles parked on the side of the road and people taking pictures.
I turned my car around and found a good parking spot at the McDonald’s on Naaman School Road and Highway 78. A lot of people were waiting there and taking pictures. The train wasn’t moving. About 20 minutes later the lead engine turned the light on and the crossing arms came down. As those KCS locomotives moved forward I noticed they were pulling a military train! I got my phone out and took this video.
I wonder where that military train was heading as it moved south. Perhaps the Houston ship channel? And then? I guess I’ll never know. But seldom do I see a military train. It was a very special day.
Have fun watching.