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In the shadow of Pikes Peak


BNSF 8751 breezes north through Greenland, CO with a manifest freight while the iconic Pikes Peak looks on.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

A really unusual train on the  Joint Line


On the southbound track, along the I25 frontage road in Castle Rock this unique train is stopped with a buffer car and a BNSF passenger car labeled BNSF 90. ©2017 David Grothe (Ed note, based on other comments, the hopper car is instrumented and the passenger car has equipment and technicians to read the  results

A rock train on the Joint Line with a Utah unit

On April 5, Tim Tonge found the Denver-Pueblo manifest moving Kyle/Utah Railway 5004 a Utah unit in G&W colors dead in transit  ©2017 Tim Tonge
Passing the Colorado Springs station  ©2017 Tim Tonge

On the way to storage or ?

Southbound UP 8446, SD70ACE & five Retired SD9043MAC's on North Yard, Denver, Colorado, to Pueblo train M NYPU 18 at Security, Colorado, April 19, 2017 8:00 AM.  ©2017 Chip UP 3667 SD9043MAC stored at North Platte, NE, for several years. She moved from Denver, CO for storage at Pueblo, CO 4/19/17.‬ ©2017 Chip

On the Joint Line

BNSF 7425 leads the third grain train of the morning onto the siding at Academy to pass a broken-down grain train clogging the main. (Ed. note: The replacement signals are ready to take over from the old Searchlight signals.) ©2017 Chris Paulhamus BNSF 6101 is on the rear of a southbound grain train as it takes the siding at Academy on the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO. The last two units are manned helper and will be cut off at the south end of the siding to be put on the rear of the other grain train you see there holding the main. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus 

Pictures from Kansas

The Nebraska Kansas and Colorado has nearly completed abandoning the Oberlin branch. On April 17, 2017.The view is looking west at Oronoque Jct. The NKC veered off to the right.  ©2017 Larry Dilts  Larry photographed various locations along the branch.   At Almena Jct., the NKC connected with the Kyle Railroad.  From there, the NKC utilized the Kyle Railroad to Oronoque Jct. where it once again continued on its own rails ©2017 Larry Dilts
Although the rails and ties have been removed the station sign at Norcatur, Kansas, remains. ©2017 Larry Dilts  At Reager, Kansas ties were stockpiled. Here they were bundled and shipped by truck. ©2017 Larry Dilts 
The Oberlin branch ended at Oberlin, Kansas. The view was looking east. Only a few years ago, lengthy grain trains moved east out of Oberlin. ©2017 Larry Dilts The NKC's Saint Francis branch is abandoned as well yet the rails have not yet been removed.  The Ludell, Kansas yards are weed grown nearly covering the rails. ©2017 Larry Dilts
Waiting for a new crew April 17, 2017, was Kyle 3099, Utah 5004, Kyle 3098 and 9362 with a 100 car train on the east side of Norton, Kansas. ©2017 Larry Dilts 

844 on a shake down run

Last Monday, 4/10/17, 844 took a "shakedown run" from Cheyenne to Greeley and back in preparation for their trip to Boise, where they leave tomorrow, 4/18, and return on 4/28. The 1st picture was taken in Eaton, the last 4 all in Greeley. 4 pictures ©2017 W Kirk Orndorff

The Local at Castle Rock


David Grothe caught the BNSF local heading south through Castle Rock April 12 going southbound on the normally northbound track.  ©2017David Grothe

Utah Railway locomotives on the Kyle

Kyle 3099 West with Utah 5004 (first trip on Kyle for Utah 5004) & Kyle 3098 on American Bridge Company built steel bridge (ex-Rock Island) near Bethune, CO, 4/12/17. ©2017 Chip On April 12, 2017, Kyle 3099, Utah 5004, and Kyle 3098 were switching the west end of the Ruleton, Kansas yard. The Utah units have been put to work right away.  ©2017 Larry D. Dilts

 

Kyle 3099 West passed Burlington Fire Department fighting house fire at Burlington, Colorado, April 12, 2017. ©2017 Chip Kyle 3099 and Utah Railway 5004, approached Kanarado, Kansas, April 12, 2017 about 3:45 PM. Stopped at Kanarado to switch elevator. ©2017 Chip
First trip on Kyle RR that Utah Railway 5004 visited Colorado on ex-Rock Island rails. April 12, 2017. ©2017 Chip Kyle RR was giving 5001 tender loving care.  The 5006 will be used for parts supply.  Phillipsburg, Kansas, April 12, 2017. ©2017 Chip

An ex Arizona & California locomotive in Kyle's shop


Kyle RR locomotive upgrade; Phillipsburg Shop. 3892, Kyle 3892, GP40r, ex-Arizona & California, ex-ARZC 3892, eex-ARZC 3801, was undergoing upgrades at Phillipsburg, Kansas, April 12, 2017. ©2017 Chip

A Utah Railway unit in Denver


Utah Railway unit moved via BNSF; BNSF Brush Subdivision.  Utah Railway 5003, MK50-3, BNSF Denver Locomotive Shop, Denver, CO.  Last of six Utah Railway MK50-3 units moved by BNSF from Utah to Kyle RR in Kansas. ©2017 Chip

After the snow


BNSF 5479 works down the backside of the Palmer Divide on the south side of Palmer Lake, CO on a wonderfully gorgeous post-storm Spring morning. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus


BNSF 5479 leads a southbound manifest through Greenland, CO. Chris is not a fan of shooting H2 Dash 9s, but fresh snow under sunny skies is always hard to pass up regardless of power. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

The Rio Grande lives on


Tim Tonge caught this BNSF Stack Train on a bridge that still proudly proclaims the name of the original owner of the line. ©2017 Tim Tionge

A Utah unit in the consist

Utah 5005 was in consist on a merchandise train on Sunday, April 2. BNSF 3881 led the train south. 
Passing the old station in Colorado Springs Three pictures ©2017 Tim Tionge

Almost like the original Zephyr


Amtrak private varnish action; UP Glenwood Springs Subdivision. Silver Solarium, private varnish (PV) with sleeper Silver Rapids and dome lounge Silver Lariat on Amtrak train 6, California Zephyr, milepost 170.5 west of Bond, Colorado. March 30, 2017 along the Colorado River. ©2017 Chip

Built in 1948 by the Budd Manufacturing Company for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Silver Solarium was one of six dome/sleeper/observation cars specifically built for the California Zephyr. Operating between Chicago and San Francisco for over 20 years, the car provided an elegant end to an elegant train. In May 1971 ownership of the car transferred to Amtrak and the car was finally retired in 1980. Put in storage by Amtrak, time and the elements soon took their toll on this once magnificent car. Vandals broke out windows, nature began to reclaim what once belong to her as trees and mushrooms took root in the once elegant lounge. A new life for this once grand car awaited just around the corner when Amtrak sold her to a private owner. Several years later, all new mechanical systems and a lot of elbow grease, the grand lady of the California Zephyr was reborn. Since her rebirth Silver Solarium has been operating as a private car, delighting passengers with stunning views from her Vista Dome and observation lounge.

NS power in Colorado


All red at Barr! Norfolk Southern 3647-3675 & 3679 (new Tier 4 ET44AC) waited on Barr Siding for west bound BNSF Z CHIDEN train at 4:20 PM March 29, 2017. The Norfork Southern units were on BNSF's Lincoln, Nebraska, to Denver, Colorado, train. ©2017 Chip

A tank train with interesting power

Tim Tonge found this south bound tank train in Castle Rock with BNSF and CP for lead power and BNSF and CSX for rear power. ©2017 David Grothe

Whose train is this? NS?


NS 3665, 3651 & 3666 (new Tier 4 ET44AC units) westbound approaching Commerce City, CO, 3/28/17. BNSF's Lincoln, Nebraska, to Denver train. ©2017 Chip

An interesting mixed set of power


Southbound mixed freight in Castle Rock with BNSF, NS, and Citirail for lead power   ©2017 David Grothe

A faded bonnet


David Grothe caught this train as came through Castle Rock. ©2017 David Grothe (Ed note This begs to be modeled but without a picture, who'd believe you that that this how the engine appeared.)

One more view of the G&W Kyle locomotives on the move


BNSF 3779 leads the southbound M-DENPUE (Denver, CO - Pueblo, CO) manifest through the s-curves just south of Monument, CO.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

Rail on its way to Como

South Park Rail Society is reconstructing track, and bringing in a steam engine this summer.

More rail, track hardware, and ties were loaded up, transported across the state, and unloaded at Como, Colorado, on Monday. Images from 20 March 2017 Four pictures ©2017  David Schaaf

Your Webmaster rides the Ski Train

On March 19, my wife and rode the Ski Train and spent the day at Winter Park. It was warm but still a great place!.

As the train operates in a push pull fashion, the control cab will lead the train est so the train no linger needs to wyed at Tabernash. ©2017 Walter Weart The westbound power. ©2017 Walter Weart
The interior of the car in which we rode. Nice with lots a leg room and 110 volt outlets. ©2017 Walter Weart Our departure from Winter Park was delayed by about 40 minutes by a late running Zephyr.  ©2017 Walter Weart
A few minutes later, our train arrived. When we arrived at DUS, the  Zephyr was just getting ready to depart. ©2017 Walter Weart

Kyle power on the Move

BNSF 3779 leads the southbound DENPUE (Denver, CO - Pueblo, CO) manifest through Palmer Lake, CO.

The DENPUE is typically a pretty boring affair, but this particular running included a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tagging along were 4 Utah Railway MK50-3s enroute to Phillipsburg, KS and the KYLE Railroad. Tagging along were Utah 5002-5001-5004-5006. These MK50-3s were originally built as Morrison-Knudson MK5000Cs, and were eventually sold off to the Utah Railway after M-K folded. All told, only 6 examples were built.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

These four locomotives represent 2/3s of the six total built. These were built as Morrison-Knudson MK5000Cs, but after they got new EMD guts, they were re-designated as MK50-3s where they earned their keep on the Utah Railway. Now, under the banner of the Genesee & Wyoming, they are seen here on the move to another G&W property, the KYLE Railroad.   ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

Some pictures from New Mexico

New Mexico Railrunner commuter train south bound from Santa Fe arrives at the Los Ranchos Journal Center station. The trains are push-pull with a locomotive on the south end and a controller car on the north end. March 16, 2017. ©2017 Jerry B. Day Two Railrunner trains wait at the Santa Fe depot with a Santa Fe Southern Railway GP locomotive. The Santa Fe Southern is not operating currently waiting for a few owner. March 17, 2017. ©2017 Jerry B. Day
Santa Fe Railway 4-8-4 number 2926 has been undergoing rebuilding and restoration for a number of years by the volunteers of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society. 2926 was built by Baldwin in 1944 as part of the last group of steam locomotives built for the Santa Fe. The Santa Fe 2900s were the heaviest and some of the largest 4-8-4s ever built. The society hopes to have 2926 running before end of the year. [March 15, 2017.  ©2017Jerry B. Day Santa Fe 2926 is kept inside a new engine house and pulled outside when work is to be performed. The tender was inside this day, it is one of the largest tenders ever built, having 8-wheel trucks. March 15, 2017.  ©2017 Jerry B. Day

Even buildings are Irish on St. Patrick's day


Union Station in Denver has the high green spirit for the holiday. Image 2017© Dave Schaaf

G&W power moves through Denver

Utah Railway MK50-3 locomotives sitting in BNSF'S locomotive facility at Park Avenue and Delganey. According to utahrails.net: Utah 5001, 5002, 5004, 5006 (4 units) were moved to Kyle Railway (another GWI subsidiary) during mid March 2017. The four locomotives were placed behind the motive power of BNSF's Provo-Denver train (H PVODEN1 15A) and departed Provo on March 14, 2017 ©2017 Douglas Midkiff

A windmill train


9:35 AM March 13, 2017 - BNSF southbound Vestas wind blade train at Denver going south at Walnut Street. UP 8848-5845 no BNSF power! Train originated on Union pacific at Brighton, Colorado, going to East St. Louis, Missouri. ©2017 Chip

Some interesting power on a BNSF grain train

March 12, 2017 David Grothe photographed this southbound grain at Castle Rock. Second unit on the front is a BNSF Bonnet and the pushers included 2 KCS units.   4 pictures ©2017  David Grothe

A stack train on the Joint Line


BNSF 7127 leads an empty southbound J.B. Hunt double stack train through the north end of the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.The Joint Line has recently picked up a Q stack train, but this one runs under a B symbol; it's empty stacks, most likely going back to Los Angeles. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus


Some additional pictures of the  move of Klondike Mines No. 4  to Cheyenne

Dave Schaff sent some pictures of the Klondike Mines locomotive being loaded out of Georgetown. All pictures  ©2017 Dave Schaaf 

New power for the Royal Gorge Route


Royal Gorge Route 3104, CRRX 3104, GP40 built by EMD as Western Pacific 3521. Unit renumbered UP 670. Also operated/renumbered as CMNW 3004, GWWR 3004, Wisconsin Central 3004, PRLX 3104, SSRX 3104, and recently to CRRX 3104. Unit painted by Midwest Locomotive in Kansas City, Missouri. Union Pacific (UP) moved unit from Kansas City, MO, to Canon City, CO, with a layover at UP's North Yard fuel track, Denver, CO, March 7, 2017. ©2017 Chip

BNSF sand train


BNSF 4486 East U SEEEOL 0-04t. Speer, Wyoming, to Eola, Illinois empty unit sand train. BNSF Brush Subdivision at Sand Creek Junction, Commerce City, Colorado, March 7, 2017. ©2017 Chip

Construction progress on RTD's Northwest line 

Union Pacific's Belt Line closed the morning of March 7, 2017 for I-beam installation for new Denver RTD Line near Brighton Road / UP Junction.  ©2017 Chip

Pictures from Durango

In mid-February, the Galloping Goose Historical Society created a new replica plow for RGS 5. The plow was based on the plow off RGS 7, graciously loaned to them by the Colorado RR Museum. It was fitted to 5 and used in a series of trips north from Durango on Feburary 17-19. Billed as "Snow Goose" runs, Friday and Saturday turned out relatively sunny, but Sunday morning brought significant snowfall.

Leaving Durango on Friday morning's first run. ©2017 Nathan Holmes North of Durango, the snow was coming down in large, heavy flakes. ©2017 Nathan Holmes
Crossing the Animas River in the snow on Sunday. ©2017 Nathan Holmes
Crossing the Animas River in the snow on Sunday. ©2017 Nathan Holmes

 

The Sunday runs were done in conjunction with the D&S's annual Winter Photographers' Special, so both groups had a chance to photograph RGS 5 and the photo train. ©2017 Nathan Holmes

UP does track maintenance in Denver


Union Pacific concrete tie replacement project underway on UP's Belt Line and Bypass one. Project will include bypass two and North Yard lead north of Denver, Colorado, March 6, 2017.  Chip

New signage at Como


New signage at the restored Como station and was part of a Rocky Mountain RR Club contribution. Will a steam engine operate this summer? Stay tuned!  ©2017 Chip

KCS power on the Joint  Line


On March 3rd, David Grothe caught this southbound mixed freight in Castle Rock   ©2017 David Grothe

News on the passenger front

CO Senate approves Chief commission renewal Bill would include study of Front Range Rail

The Colorado Senate on Feb. 23 passed a bill that would replace the current Southwest Chief Commission with a group that would also study and propose Front Range Rail. The bill passed on a vote of 24-11.

It now moves to the state House of Representatives. The Bill charges the new Commission with continuing efforts to improve the Amtrak Southwest Chief line, expand its service to Pueblo, and investigate adding service to Walsenburg. This includes continuing ongoing work with Amtrak and the BNSF Railway on a current project to develop through car service between Chicago and Pueblo through a connection at La Junta.

The Bill also charges the new Commission with facilitating the development of Front Range Passenger Rail. This includes providing draft legislation to the General Assembly by December 1, 2017. The proposed legislation is designed to jump start passenger rail planning in the I-25 corridor with an unmistakable state policy declaration.

This will help focus leaders and citizens on solutions to the extraordinary demographic changes along the Front Range which are driving the need for a multimodal passenger system. Further highway expansion in the current I-25 right of way is approaching saturation.

Development of passenger rail systems is a long-term process requiring careful analysis and persuasion to qualify for and obtain federal funding. It is not hard to envision a seven to ten-year process before significant additional service is under construction. 

Fresh paint for the Royal Gorge


The new Canon City & Royal Gorge RR GP40 just completed in Kansas City last week and released to the UP for shipment west. The photo was taken Tuesday February 28, 2017 and I believe it departed Kansas City for Colorado on Wednesday ©2017John R In KS

The locomotive was built as as Western Pacific 3521 / UP 670 / CMNW 3004 / GWWR 3004 / Wisc Cent 3004 / PRLX 3104 / SSRX 3104 / CRRX 3104

Progress at Como


Greetings from Como, Colorado, March 2, 2017. Will steam engine number 4 pass this restored depot come August 19, 2017?  ©2017 Chip

Foreign power lends a hand

David photographed two grain trains, the first had a BNSF and CSX rear DPU and two manned helpers on the end of the train. Later in the day, just before dark, another grain train came through Castle Rock with BNSF and KCS power on the head end. ©2017 David Grothe
 

Some Joint Line trains

BNSF 7211 leads a Q-train south through Colorado Springs, CO along the famed UP/BNSF Joint Line.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus BNSF 7211 leads the relatively new Q-PTLATL (Portland, OR - Alliance, TX) south near Monument, CO.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus
BNSF 5150 leads a southbound manifest through Monument, CO about to take the siding of the same name. In an unusual move on the Joint Line, this train was getting out of the way for the train behind it, a hotter Q train. Not sure if that was necessary as this train was well-powered and was making good time.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

The new Caboose hobby shop had grand opening on February 25

The store is located at 10800 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood.  Phone # 303 777 6766 email info@mycaboose.com

Store hours: Monday - Wednesday 10-6 Thursday 10-8 Friday - Saturday 10-6 Sunday 12-5

Owner Kevin Ruble talks with one of the many, many customers while Leighton Moreland works as cashier. The Colorado Railroad Museum had a table with Exce. Director and Donald Tallman and member Dave Schaaf.
A really nice feature was Story Telling for the younger visitors while their parents shopped tht huge selection of model railroading items. Just two of the many customers at the  Grand Opening. All pictures ©2017 Chip

Action on the Joint Line

On February 22, in light snow flurries, the Northbound Q-train heads through Palmer Lake around 13:45 this afternoon.  ©2017 SP8595 Southbound Portland, OR to Alliance, TX Q-train crosses over Sand Creek just South of the siding at Kelker.  ©2017 SP8595
Chris caught the empty rail train as it made its way through Palmer Lake with a nice pair of flag'd Tier 1 SD70Ms on President's Day.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

A snowy day on the Moffat Sub

The Zephyr rounds the curve at the east switch of Leyden, the consist barely visible amid the blowing snow. ©2017 Kevin Morgan A new ET44AC leads the train eastbound through the curves at the base of Coal Creek Canyon, rounding the curve on the approach to Blue Mountain Road.  ©2017 Kevin Morgan

RTD's R Line opens on February 24


Northbound Denver RTD R line two car train at Colfax Street bridge and station in Aurora, Colorado on opening day February 24, 2017. ©2017 Chip

Como's new locomotive on the move

Steam locomotive owner Dr Charles "Chuck" Brantigan MD. purchased ex-Klondike Mines Railway, a Prairie narrow gauge  2-6-2 in 2016 from Georgetown Loop RR, Silver Plume, CO. Engine move by highway started at Silver Plume, CO, February 21, 2017. Delivered February 22, 2017 to Wasatch Railroad Contractors, Cheyenne, WY.

One of the main goals of the South Park Rail Society is to return an operational steam locomotive to the South Park and the town of Como. So they have acquired a suitable narrow gauge locomotive that is currently under repair and will soon be moved to the growing rebuilt railyard of Como.

They hope to have the locomotive completed and operational in time for this year's (2017) Boreas Pass Railroad Day in August. 

 

Number 4 on S/D Enterprises Inc, truck before off loading at Wasatch Railroad Contractors Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 22, 2017 ©2017 Chip Klondike Mining Railway near Dawson City, Canada, was original buyer. Latest move from Silver Plume, Colorado. ©2017 Chip
Number 4 arrived by truck at Wasatch Railroad Contractors, Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 22, 2017. ©2017 Chip

President's Day on the Joint Line

BNSF 9121 and 9670 on a coal empty at Sedalia, CO on 2-20-17. ©2017 Tim Tonge UP 6493 leads a coal load south, with images at Greenland. ©2017 Tim Tonge
UP 6493 leads a coal train south through Greenland ©2017 Tim Tonge

BNSF on the move


Alan Schenkel was surprised by a H PASBAK coming up the hill near Broomfield ©2017 Alan Schenkel 

The BNSF switching at Coors


On February 18, I saw the BNSF switching and I think this is the first time I have seen the Beer Train locomotive switching inside Coors. I know that Coors' rail outbound traffic has been significantly reduced since the merger as all labels except Banquet are brewed at all breweries.  One multiple track yard has been empty for some time. I was told the the  average length of haul is less that 500 miles, maybe closer to 200 miles. I had heard that Coors was also using some intermodal transportation. I wonder if they have reduce the plant switch engine fleet.  ©2017 Walter Weart

The new RTD "R" Line


New Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail begins operation Friday, February 24, 2017 in Aurora, CO. R Line cars were testing February 18, 2017. ©2017 Chip

Memories of the Ski Train

Edward Arbuckle responded to Ski Train pictures with his memories of the Ski Train.

IIt was impressive and highly welcome to see Chip's photos of the modern day Winter Park Express..  And, for my mind, it also was a startling spring back to the primeval Ski Train.  Instead of a brightly‚ illuminated Union Station, there would be the historical but lonely Moffat.  And, instead of shiny track and a safe and welcoming platform, there would be several dejected‚ asphalt-deprived tracks aligned with approach to that Station while bordering the package-freight service platform. For the Denver tramway riders, there was convenient exit, from the 16th Street viaduct, a walk incorporating close-up view of the Castle Building while en route to the Station's pathway.

For those with autos, entry was on 15th Street; the back of my mind says, at that time, auto entry was complicated by an elevated roadway section of 15th Street.

For the train crewmen, the Castle Building housed lockers and conveniences. In this writer's pre teen days, an amicable couple lived at and oversaw the Castle's railroaders' space. (This writer remembers the family's Pekinese falling, but surviving, from the Castle Building's midway connection between viaduct and ground.)

To my knowledge, the first editions of the Ski Train were extracted from Trains #1 and #2, the daily day train, Denver to Craig. On weekends, #1 departure was normal schedule but with a consist extended by several coaches.  Following the massive unloading of skiers (and skis) at Winter Park, the train would move to Fraser, where ski-coaches were set out, with #1 then continuing near schedule.

However, life for #2, which had overnighted at Craig, was changed--with a circa three-hour delayed departure, a multi coach pickup at Fraser and a boisterous reloading of skiers (and skis) at Winter Park.

Upon return to Denver, the Ski Trains, due to their length, were painstakingly backed in--with the engine finally hovering below the 16th Street viaduct. Train crew for #1 and #2 was conductor and one brakeman; I can't recall a second brakeman, nor a public relations person, assigned to the Ski Train.  In addition to responsibility for safe train operation, crew members also enjoyed service as public relations reps for several hundred skiers (and their skis).

Edward Arbuckle

Rail car from Mexicoat a Grain Elevator


On February 15, 2017, Cornerstone Ag received an 110 car train of Ferromex hoppers. Most of them were nearly new. Occasionally, a Ferromex locomotive comes into Colby, but this is the first for Ferromex cars. Cornerstone Ag 136 was shuttling the cars on the south end of their siding.  ©2017 Larry Dilts

On the Front Range Sub

BNSF's Laurel, Montana to Denver, Colorado manifest traveled down the Front Range Subdivision between Cheyenne and Denver with a BC Rail C44-9WL trailing. The Laurel-Denver manifest trundles down the middle of Atwood Street in Longmont.  ©2017  John Crisanti
The northbound Denver-Laurel manifest led by a trio of standard BNSF GE's is trundling up the middle of Mason Street through Olde Town Fort Collins near the Mass-Transit station, the former C&S Freight Depot.  ©2017 John Crisanti

A visitor from British Columbia


BCOL 4646 on eastbound BNSF Provo, Utah, to Denver train February 16, 2017. Tabernash, CO, shined UP's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision rails.  ©2017 Chip

At the Rocky Club meeting on Feb 15


Ed Dickens, UP Steam Shop manager, provided steam restoration program February 14, 2017 at Rocky Mountain RR Club meeting in Denver, Colorado. Great turnout by members & a few new folks. (Ed note: if you weren't there, you missed a great presentation.) ©2017 Chip

Going back to Transportation Technology Center


EMDX 1605 an SD70ACe-T4 pulled past UP's North Yard 3:05 PM February 14, 2017! BNSF 4163 South off Front Range Subdivision. Units stopped under I-25 at Prospect Junction, Denver 3:30 PM! ©2017 Chip

A rail train on the Joint Line


UP Flag Unit 4877 and UP $151 lead an empty rail train south through Tomah, Colorado on Colorado’s joint line.  The train is likely heading to Pueblo where a welding rail facility is located. ©2017 Tim Tonge

With Pikes Peak in the background


BNSF 9101 on the rear of a southbound coal train, with Pikes Peak looming in the distance ©2017 Tim Tonge

Heading down the hill

Union Pacific 5833 has just passed the East switch at Plainview and is heading towards the West Portal of Tunnel #1 with the Plains of Colorado seen in the background. ©2017 SP8595 Having just exited Tunnel #1, the CP 8922 will follow the train around the horseshoe curve at the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon. ©2017 SP8595

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