I was recently looking down at Union Pacific Railroad’s Miller Yard in Dallas, Texas- from the Loop 12 Highway bridge. I noticed this locomotive “engineer” was not in the cab of the locomotive. The cab was empty! I know railroads have been using this concept for several years but this was the first time I saw a railroad employee drive his train while not being in the cab. Come to think of it, isn’t remote control the entire concept around model train accessories, such as the MTH Electric Trains DCS Commander Controller also pictured? Hmmm….
Travel Tip for Dallas/Fort Worth Residents and Visitors: Loop 12 exits off Interstate Highway 45 about 5 miles south of Downtown Dallas. Drive east on Loop 12 to the bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad Miller Yard (Formerly Southern Pacific). There is parking on the east side of the bridge by some older industrial businesses. I would visit the yard on Sunday when the businesses are closed. While the yard seems isolated from the surrounding community, it is not the best part of Dallas. Do not visit at night or go by yourself. The beautiful Trinity River Audubon Center has a visitor’s center and nature trails. The center is about a mile east of the railroad bridge. A popular place for visitors, the nature center is very safe and family friendly.