I was awakened early this morning to what at first I thought was the sound of a dragon breathing. Once I was fully awake I realized it was a train that was parked about 50 yds. away and the noise was the low rumble of an idling motor and the bleeding off of air. I had heard a train earlier that morning but when your bedroom is only about 100 feet from the tracks, you get used to them and normally sleep right through them. The coal drags that feed the power plant normally have two engines up front and a pusher in the rear. Apparently, they cut the lead engine loose and that's what I heard about 5:00 AM. The breathing dragon was about 6:00 AM. I went out to see what was going on and I ran into a crewman/mechanic who said they were broke down. About 6:45 the train moved a little and then stopped again.
About 7:00 AM I heard an airplane flying low and went back outside to see what that was all about. The Gary Airshow is this weekend and occasionally they will fly this far down when practicing. However, it was the local cropduster. This guy is a real mechanic when it comes to flying that thing. I've seen him in operation several times before and he drops right into the field dodging trees and powerlines and does the same on the other end of the field after spraying. I've gotten some nice photos with my film camera in the past. The best vantage point for picture taking is from the railroad tracks - couldn't do that this morning, they were occupied.
Surly is supposed to be here at 8:00 AM so we can shoot our 22's before it gets too hot. Nice quiet Sunday morning. Trains, planes and guns all before 8:00. Looks like it's going to be a good day.