After dropping off its 43-car crushed rock load, NS 9720 runs light with its dead rent-a-wreck to the west end of Kirkland to pick up a UP SD70M from a waiting BNSF Z-train.
After struggling a bit leaving Acme, westbound NS 9720 picks up speed as it glides downhill toward Kirkland to pick up a waiting UP unit to help it on its way.
What a shock! NS in Texas! NS 9720 keeps its momentum up with a westbound crushed stone drag with dead-in-tow rent-a-wreck ex-BNSF SD40-2.
Eastbound pig train at 1022hrs... NS 9721 westbound came thru an hour later