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BNSF empty coal train on Lee Ranch branch line
near Ambrosia Lake, NM

The line to the Lee Ranch mine was built in 1984. There are only two places where NM highway 509 is near the Lee Ranch branch line. Just 30 seconds after I passed this spot headed south, I heard this train clear Ambrosia Lake on my scanner. I quickly stopped and turned around. By the time I got back to this spot and got the video camera setup, I could hear the train approaching. Thank you Lord, that was perfect timing. If I had been two minutes earlier and I would have been too far down the highway to get back to this spot and four minutes later I could have missed the train as it goes behind some hills and would have been out of sight.

BNSF empty coal train on Lee Ranch branch line near Ambrosia Lake, NM BNSF empty coal train near Lee Ranch mine

Four miles further up the road I caught up with the train again and had time to set up for more video taping.