Historic Kelso Depot (1924) - now the visitor's center for the Mojave National Preserve.
"Big Boy" shows up (an hour late), and for some never explained reason, makes it's stop on the northbound tracks right over the crossing on Kelbaker Road, the only through road in the area, and 200 feet short of the depot (where everyone was waiting to photograph it - in front of the depot . . . . not down the tracks blocking the road out).
The crew got out and walked around checking things and talking on the radio a lot. This is one of the two 8-wheel driving trucks,
And it continued to not move . . . .
. . . . and not move . . . .
. . . . and not move. It's now 45 minutes, and there a few dozen cars on either side of the road waiting. Lots of Law Enforcement around (County Sheriff, Highway Patrol, Park Rangers and RR Police), who seemed to be there to control the unruly group of railroad buffs, and not to keep traffic moving. It just seemed very odd, with no reason apparent, and no explanation given.
Finally on the move, with its short string of cars, including two of these units.
The last car clears the crossing - with the beer trailer. Next stop - Las Vegas for the night.
Didn't plan to shoot video, so no tripod. But it's cool to see the drive wheels in motion, so I shot this on departure.