After about 30 minutes of following them and snapping pictures in what light snuck through the crowds, both crews vanished into areas I couldn't access. Figuring on looping back home via Greentree so I could work, I took a couple backroads there, and when I got there, surprise! A train hidden deep in the yard, moving. I figured I'd snap a shot and then go home. Nope, heard the crew get permission to run east to Connellsville. Knowing the plan, which is rare, I decided to follow.
I spent the day until about 3:15pm chasing and photographing the train in the snow. Sadly, an overcast day and shooting pictures with a snowy background makes for a lot of fun with exposures, but I had a good day anyway. I got to Banning, maybe 30-40 (rail) minutes from Connellsville, before running out of time and returning to Pittsburgh.
Today I have had probably my most productive day in months. Moral? Unsure. But it does seem to indicate I need to take a break more often than I have.