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Cheyenne Depot Days


Union Pacific 4014 Big Boy is undergoing restoration for May 2019 trips. Cheyenne Depot Days will offer tours of Union Pacific Steam Shop weekend of May 19 and 20, 2018. ©2018 Chip

Some action around Ft. Collins

On May 13, Alan caught a train on the Black Hollow branch.  ©2018  Alan Schenkel BNSF entered  North YArd  and is passing a maroon SW-style switcher.  ©2018 Alan Schenkel  
This is the second unit, an ex UP maybe a lease unit?   ©2018  Alan Schenkel

Do you think there enough locomotives?


Larry Dilts was crossing under Interstate 70 on the east side of Oakley, Kansas, May 14, 2018 was a westbound with UP 5007, 4697, 4575, 6846 and two cars. The Oakley local power is not left in Oakley over the weekends any longer,  but returns to Salina for servicing. It comes back on Mondays. The three front units have been regulars on the local for sometime now. The trailing GE was for a grain train loading at Cornerstone Ag in Colby which was short on power. ©2018 Larry Dilts

One more shot of the UP Engineering Special


The Special passes Greenland with the Red Barn in the background. Chris Paulhamus

A BNSF merchandiser at Greenland


A BNSF manifest-Q, southbound is running on track 2. at Greenland with the barn in the background. ©2018 David Sheppard

UP steam excursion to run Denver-Cheyenne July 22

The Union Pacific Museum Association will host a special passenger trip on Union Pacific historic equipment July 22, from Denver, Colorado, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, pulled by the “Living Legend,” steam locomotive, UP No. 844.

All proceeds generated from the special trip will benefit the Union Pacific Museum Association, a 501 (c) 3.This is an excellent opportunity for the general public to experience the glory days of passenger travel on beautiful Union Pacific equipment. The trip is one way with a bus return.

“The Museum Association is grateful to Union Pacific for allowing us this opportunity,” said Eric Hamilton, Union Pacific Museum Association president. “Events like this allow the museum to offer world-class exhibits and programming to our visitors.”

Union Pacific opened its first museum in 1921. Since 2003, that museum has been operated by a nonprofit. Today, the Union Pacific Museum is a joint partnership between Union Pacific, who maintains the collection, the Association, the nonprofit in charge of exhibits and programming, and the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who maintain the historic building in which the museum is located. Even the museum’s location is significant. With a 23-state system to choose from, Union Pacific chose to site their collection at historic ‘Mile 0’ for the transcontinental railroad, so ordered by President Lincoln in 1863 and reaffirmed in 1864.

 

A UP engineering special on the Joint Line

The Engineering Special along the I-25 frontage road just south of Castle Rock ©2018 David Grothe The bridge at Larkspur. ©2018 David Grothe
At Greenland just south of Noe road . ©2018 David Grothe the train rolling slowly towards Palmer Lake as a coal train was trying to make it over the hill but the coal train would soon stall out and the UP special train would come to a stop for a while.  ©2018 David Grothe
   
 
Timothy Tonge  was also out taking pictures of the Engineering Special ©2018 Timothy Tonge

A special UP car

Union Pacific’s UPP 420 named Fox River, ex-C&NW 420, eex-VIA 1087 Cape Breton, nee-CN 1087, track inspection car The CN 1087 was originally a 2-bedroom - 2-Compartment - buffet lounge. UP engineering special operated April 30 overnight into May 1, 2018 from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to North Yard, Denver, CO. Theater seating. ©2018 Chip

A visitor from Canada

While running errands in Broomfield, I saw this BNSF train parked on the siding. The third unit was interesting inasmuch is it's an older CN motor showing some signs of aging. As it was raining these pictures were taken from inside the car so they're not as good as I would have liked. ©2018 Walter Weart

From my recent trip to and from Phoenix

While visiting Williams Az, I saw a freight train that had originated in Phoenix on its way to join the main line. The branch to Phoenix, nicknamed the "Peavine", branches off just north of Williams. The Peavine name came from route that the track takes. Williams is also the home of the  Grand Canyon Railroad  There is a very large cement plant near Springer Az and I had noticed previously that one of their two locomotives was working on the east end of the plant. While I watched, the BNSF crew spotted their power on the siding as they  were being picked up by a van. The cement plant engine is a Suttle Wagon and seems to do very well moving cement cars. They have another engine that is larger and while I've only seen from a distance. It looks like an EMD end cab switcher.  ©2018 Walter Weart
We spent the night in Las Vegas NM and wanted to check out the station which has been restored. It looks every bit as good as it would have in the Santa Fe days and is used by the Chamber of Commerce as well as the dispatcher for the local bus service. The Harvey House next door is undergoing full restoration and is expected to open in 2019.  ©2018 Walter Weart This has got to be the ugliest amusement park train I have ever seen. We visited the Goldfield Mining Museum and saw this 3 foot gauge train. Locomotive is probably an old mining diesel, therider car is homemade as is the caboose. Thery really ought to be ashamed of themselves except that nobody really cares.  ©2018 Walter Weart

Bridge construction over the UP


UP 3780 East with 7819 passed new bridge girders going up to expand Central Park Avenue overpass @ Stapleton area, Denver CO, April 28, 2018, 2:30 PM. Eastbound 36th Street Yard, Denver to Salina, Kansas, train had only 7-cars departing the Mile High City.

Denver RTD A-Line to Denver International Airport is in foreground. Commuter rail closed last weekend (4/26-27) on account highway bridge construction. ©2018 Chip

A Club outing


A tour group from the Rocky Mountain RR Club was able to visit the Denver shop that repairs Union Pacific maintenance of way equipment. This is the home shop for the entire U.P. system. The tour was on April 28, 2018. ©2018 Dave Schaaf

Action on the KP 

The Salina/Denver manifest, rumbles through Limon, four times a week, twice going east and twice returning, usually 0-dark-30. Recently, it working the elevator and as usual had a collection of engines, six motors. ©2018 LimonRail

A PV on Amtrak

Amtrak with private varnish Colonial Crafts-PPCX 800081, was on Amtrak train 3, the Southwest Chief. Car moved Chicago,IL, to Los Angeles, CA. PV was on BNSF's Boise City Subdivision.

Note the four BNSF trains at the La Junta Yard. Reason-BNSF had fleeted trains south over Joint Line in preparation for major signal upgrade project at Pueblo, CO. General Railway Signal searchlight signals were replaced April 20, 2018-Joint Line closed for signal upgrade.
PV Colonial Crafts on Amtrak; BNSF Boise City Subdivision.  Colonial Crafts, PPCX 800081, private varnish car attendant Brian (appreciated his hospitality).  Car was on Amtrak train 3 the Southwest Chief April 20, 2018 @ La Junta, CO.  Car moved Chicago, IL, to Los Angeles, CA.

COLONIAL CRAFTS entered service on the Pennsylvania Railroad at Chicago on 4 June 1949. The car was one of eight three bedroom, drawing room buffet lounge cars which were part of a 95-car order placed by the railroad with car builder Pullman-Standard.
 
Pullman-built in 1949 to Raymond Lowey’s design for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Used on New York-Chicago and New York-St. Louis trains. Retired in 1971; it became a summer home.  Acquired by previous owners in 1985, restored to main line operating condition and based in southern California. Acquired by current owners Bob & Susan Lowe in 2017.

April 20, 2018 by Chip

PV Colonial Crafts'. Lounge area retains inviting atmosphere. You don't find this riding the rails or flying in 2018!Thanks to Bob & Susan Lowe (owners) for sharing its delights. ©2018 Photo by Chip.

Interesting pictures

The City of Colorado Springs operates a trackmobile numbered 9701(2nd). It is sometimes used to shuffle cars around the yard. It can occasionally be photographed from I25. At one time the City owned three GE locomotives, 65 ton 9701 (1st), 45 ton 9702, and 70 ton 9703. These were sold when the UP began moving large unit trains into and out of the plant.  ©2018 Larry Dilts On a rainy day, UTAH 5004, Kyle 3099 and CORP 4074 were eastbound across Sand Creek April 20, 2018. Bridge 4885 is west of Seibert, Colorado. ©2018 Larry Dilts
West of Vona, Colorado, the train was crossing a dry drainage. The concrete culvert was built in 1897 by the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific.  ©2018 Larry Dilts New on the Kyle is GP38-3 2128 freshly painted in the Genesee & Wyoming company Kyle paint scheme. It was being used as the Goodland switcher.©2018 Larry Dilts

On a rainy day, UTAH 5004, Kyle 3099 and CORP 4074 were eastbound across Sand Creek April 20, 2018. Bridge 4885 is west of Seibert, Colorado. ©2018 Larry Dilts
 
 

1913 Denver & Salt Lake Seam Crane and Boom Car arrived at Granby Muesum

Their 105 year old - 225,000 lb. steam crane and the boom car (circa. 1940's?) has arrived in Granby! It is sitting on the house track behind the museum. This took many people to make happen, most notably, Ed Dickens and his crew with the Union Pacific R.R. who jumped in to save this iconic and rare piece of Grand County railroad history. Jim Klug, Marv Dewey, James McKay, Pat Accord, Mike Geise, Ted Pratt, The Forney Transportation Museum, Greg Larson of the Union Pacific R.R., The Grand County Recreation, Open Space and Housing Foundation, Town of Granby,  and the donors that contributed money, effort, and time, they were all extremely influential in helping to get this done. I would also like to thank Dan Quiat of Marcus Rail who originally collected the crane.

Our next task is to build 4 - 39" long track panels to roll our crane on, to get it into position on the museum grounds. This is a huge job and can use all the help we can possibly get. This will entail several pieces of equipment 5 to six people and 3 to 4 thousand dollars. If you can help us, please email me or call me 970-281-9094 Dave Naples.

Some unusual power on the Joint Line

Two NS units in tow are part of a BNSF manifest in Larkspur, CO. They are former SD70's undergoing DC to AC rebuilding by Progress Rail and are classified as SD70ACC. They are probably heading to the railroad testing and training facility located in Pueblo.  ©2018 David Grothe (Ed note: Interesting paint job, particularly the first unit)
 
   

Traction in action!

Iowa Traction Railway, Iowa Traction 54, at start of snow storm. 8-inches fell by dark at Mason City, Iowa, April 18, 2018.

Iowa Traction Railway Company, reporting mark, IATR, formerly the Iowa Traction Railroad Company is an electrically operated common carrier railroad running between Mason City and Clear Lake, Iowa, United States, and also serving Rorick Park near Mason City. Roots back to the, Mason City and Clear Lake Railway, founded in 1896. The shops were situated in Emery, the midpoint between the two namesake towns. Passenger service began on July 4, 1897. Freight has been the major source of income since the beginning and has been the only source since the charter for trolley service in Mason City expired August 30, 1936. The Mason City and Clear Lake Railway's name was revised slightly to Mason City and Clear Lake Railroad in 1950, when new owners took over.

Name changed to Iowa Terminal Railroad in 1961 when new owners from Michigan took over.
©2018 Chip
 Iowa Traction trolley 50 prepares to work after 8-inch snowfall 4/18/18 at Mason City, Iowa, at AGP agricultural plant April 19, 2018. ©2018 Chip

On the Joint Line


On 14 April, 2018, A pair of winged Armour Yellow units leads a northbound grain or soda ash empty through the Greenland Open Space in Greenland, CO. The big mountain back there is Pikes Peak, 25 miles away. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

On Monday, Apr 16, 2018  Alan Schenkel  found the Joint line was a parking lot. and saw 4 trains parked, 2 coal buckets in Castle Rock, and this UP manifest and BNSF auto rack train in Larkspur with snow. ©2018 Alan Schenkel

News from Pikes Peak

   
   
After hearing about the M&PP closing indefinitely, Larry  thought he would stop by and check it out. on April 16, there was no one working except the shop crew which is still very busy keeping the trains in good condition. One employee said that so far the shop crew is still busy and he is not worried about the railroad closing. Larry was fortunate on his visit in that they were shuffling trains to rearrange them in the shop. Larry was able to photograph several trains. Number 14, 11 and the wedge plow flatcar were on one train. Number 16 was parked on the mainline waiting to be moved to the shop. Number 17 was on the mainline as well. Number 18 was moved out of one side of the shop and moved to the other bay. Larry saw more different trains in a couple of hours than he normally sees in a full day. They are also rebuilding the crane flatcar with a larger crane. ©2018 Larry Dilts

A BNSF Special

On April 17, 2018, the BNSF ran a track measurement train on the southbound main. It was parked near Mesa Ridge Parkway in Widefield, Colorado. Unfortunately, it was not parked very conveniently for photographs. ©2018 Larry Dilts

From Kansas


On April 16, 2017, the Kyle had an eastbound freight parked i n Limon with Utah 5005 and 5001 as power. West of Flagler was a westbound freight parked on the main line In Goodland, was a single unit being used as a switcher. The Kyle has been quite busy. ©2018 Larry Dilts

Tunnel motors soldier on


The SP motors that Kyle acquired have been pretty durable and are still toting the freight on the high-plains. These were westbound entering Flagler. ©2018 limonrail

On the Joint Line


On 7 April, 2018 Chris Paulhamus photographed BNSF 5140 leads a southbound manifest through the oddly-presented scene on the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.

Despite being well into Spring, a winter storm rolled through the Pikes Peak Region the evening prior, and while it laid down very little snow, it did provide enough moisture to fog up the area and when the temperatures dropped below freezing, certain objects, mostly trees, were left with a layer of hoar frost.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

My kind of hotel


Dave Goss was visiting family at the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort and took a photo of the tram that circulates between buildings on the property, April 7, 2018 ©2018 David Goss
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Ed note: This is my kind of hotel!)

Whose train is this?


On April 5, 2018 David Grothe was able to catch this southbound manifest At Jellystone Park with BNSF, UP, CSX for lead power.  ©2018 David  Grothe.

From
Action Alert: Legislature needs to hear from you about funding for rail program

Legislative funding for the Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission hangs in the balance. The Legislature is considering its transportation funding package now!  The Commission is seeking $2.9 million to carry out its legislative mission to facilitate the development of Front Range Passenger Rail.

Please contact Representative Faith Winter, House Transportation Chair, and ask for her support.  Office phone 303-866-2843. 
Also call House Speaker Crisanta Duran.  Please thank Speaker Duran for carrying the Commission request and ask for her continued support.  Office phone 303-866-2925. 
While your at it, contact your own legislator and ask for support as well:  https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators
These calls will make a difference so don’t delay!

From Glenwood Springs

Robert Foster took some pictures Amtrak 130 as it rolled through Glenwood March 29, 2018.  ©2018 Robert Foster (Ed note: We don't get may pictures from the Western Slope area and appreciate Robert sharing them with us.)

From our Kansas member

A few miles south of Mingo, the Colby local was headed back to Oakley with 10 loaded grain hoppers. The train was powered by an SD70AH 9025, SD70Ace 8351 and SD70AH 3046. ©2018 Larry Dilts On April 3, 2018, the Colby local was switching the north end of the Mingo, Kansas yard. Winds were 25-40 mph with higher gusts which created a visibility problem. Blowing dust is a frequent problem in western Kansas sometimes reducing visibility to near zero. ©2018 Larry Dilts

At the Museum 


On March 30, the Colorado Railroad Museum had "Bunny Day" and operated a passenger train. Gary Cable Shot this picture and with careful framing made it look more like the real narrow gauge than the Museum. ©2018 Gary Gable

A freshly painted Amtrak 

Gary found 130 at Denver Union Station.  ©2018 Gary Gable Amtrak 130 with new Phase II scheme. The 130, P42DC, was recently painted Phase II scheme account Amtrak 66 was written off due to a grade crossing incident. First trip for 130 in this scheme on westbound Amtrak California Zephyr in fresh snow at Coal Creek Canyon west of Arvada, Colorado, March 29, 2018.

Amtrak P42 130 was repainted into the Phase II heritage scheme previously worn by unit #66, which has been out of service for quite some time due to a grade crossing collision in Illinois.  ©2018 Chip

In the snow


BNSF 8457 leads a northbound coal empty on Colorado's Joint line, at Castle Rock, CO, after an overnight snow blanketed the area. March 27, 2018.  ©2018 Timothy Tonge

Joint LIne Activity

On 17 March, 2018 NS 4070, a DC to AC rebuild, leads a northbound BNSF coal empty in Palmer Lake, CO.

Well, this was a surprise to see. It's not one of the cool, special-painted AC44C6Ms, but it was a shock to see this pop into view. If you asked me to list things I'd expect to see leading on on the Joint Line, a NS DC to AC rebuild would not have been on the list!  ©2018  Chris Paulhamus
On 17 March, 2018, BNSF 8545 leads a northbound coal empty through the Greenland Open Space in Greenland, CO as Pikes Peak, some 25 miles away, looks on.  ©2018  Chris Paulhamus

 

Castle Rock On 17 March, 2018 pair of CitiRail leasers bring up the rear of a northbound coal empty as they push their way into Castle Rock, CO.  ©2018  Chris Paulhamus

An M-O-W train


BNSF Loram Badger Ditcher moved via Front Range Subdivision. BNSF 3953, ET44C4, Tier 4, hauled Loram DC4; Badger Ditcher and bay window caboose. BNSF train U NAMPUE5-22g North Antelope Mine, WY, to Pueblo, CO, MOW equipment move at Louisville, CO, March 23, 2018.

The Loram Badger Ditcher is a self-propelled system that is capable of moving 1,000 tons of material every hour. It goes where and when it’s needed, under its own power, regardless of wet or dry weather conditions. The ditching wheel cuts a swath that can be varied from 30 to 54 inches wide, at a depth as low as 6 feet below the top of the rail. Because the Badger’s workhead is articulated, the shape of the ditch can be contoured to suit drainage requirements. The ditch can be placed anywhere between 6 and 22 feet from the track center on either side. Loram’s Badger Ditch Cleaning Machine has a powerful swing conveyor that can dump waste-excavated material at distances of up to 35 feet on either side of the track center; or you can discharge the material into an air dump car that can be emptied with the Badger’s own air supply. ©2018 Chip

Big power on the Golden Local

March 22nd's Golden Local had some main line power instead of the usual GP-38-2s. If this is the Beer Train, I've never seem that train doing local switching. ©2018 Walter Weart

In unusual visitor


UP 2340 west with EC-4 track geometry car on Belt Line UP's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision 2:25 PM north of Denver, Colorado, March 21, 2018.  

Older power on the Front Range Sub


BNSF manifest action on BNSF’s Front Range Subdivision. BNSF 573, B40-8W, and 534 on Buck Local; Longmont to Burns Junction at Broomfield, CO. Train then set up 1 x 1 for run up to Lafayette, CO, Lafayette Branch. March 14, 2018 ©2018 Chip

On the Joint Line


David Sheppard lucked out on his drive to work and caught this train between Castle Rock and Tomah. He'd never seen anything like the DMUs which was loaded on the flatcars. This was a new commuter train built by Stadler Rail (Swiss Company) for TEXRail. It will operate between Ft Worth and DFW Airport.   ©2018 David Sheppard

On 10 March, 2018, BNSF 8515 leads a northbound stacks 'n 'racks train north through the Greenland Open Space in Greenland, CO.  ©2018  Chris Paulhamus On 10 March, 2018 BNSF 9326 leads a southbound coal train around the bend and out of Larkspur, CO. ©2018  Chris Paulhamus

Whoops!!


On March 15, a truck managed to knock over the crossing gate at the Ward Road- BNSF crossing in Wheat Ridge. The cement base even came out of the ground!.  As it fell across the track, the Golden local is holding in the background. A large fork lift from the nearby lumber yard was called it to remove the errant signal from the  track.  ©2018 Walter Weart

Some help from Citirail


David Grothe shot this Southbound coal train in Castle Rock with BNSF and CSX for lead power with CititRail helping out. ©2018 David Grothe

End the line for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway?

The line won't open this year and may never reopen

https://m.gazette.com/future-in-doubt-for-pikes-peak-cog-railway-a-colorado-springs-legacy-tourist-attraction/article/1622619

A welded rail train passes through Denver


UP welded rail train action on UP’s Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. UP train Pueblo, CO, to Eagle Pass, Texas, moved over UP's Belt Line north of Denver, Colorado. Upper left; Denver Regional Transportation District North Line "Skyway Bridge" under construction.

The N Line's southern terminus is at Union Station in Denver. It runs mostly on a preexisting railroad right-of-way to its northern terminus at Eastlake / 124th Station. A notable exception to using the existing railroad right-of-way is the RTD designated "Skyway Bridge" whose path takes it over and past several obstacles: it will cross the BNSF Railway railroad tracks (Brush Subdivision), Brighton Boulevard, a Union Pacific Railroad spur track (UP's Moffat Tunnel Subd Belt Line), the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company (FRICO) Ditch, the Metro Waste Water Plant and Suncor oil processing site, Sand Creek, and Interstate 270. ©2018  Chip

Some of these pictures are a little older, your webmaster was in Pennsylvania getting caught in Nor'easter and just got back.

From Pennsylvania


On a cloudy overcast morning, a Gettysburg & Northern local heads north to switch local industries between Gettysburg and Mt. Holly Pennsylvania. The clouds portended the approaching Nor'easter. Your webmaster worked for the G&N just after grading for BNSF engineer school. Nice little short line. ©2018 Walter Weart

From Kansas

"We will deliver" is a common slogan painted on the sides of many locomotives and cars as illustrated on UP 90395 in Colby, Kansas August 31, 2015. What is unusual however, is the "We Will Deliver" slogan with all capital letters painted on the side of UP 90801 in Mingo, Kansas March 1, 2018. I have seen this car several times, however, I have never seen any other cars painted like this. I wonder if this is unique to this car?  Larry Dilts

An old warhorse nears the end

If they haven’t started already, they’re going to start cutting up our big black widow. SD-9, #4327. It last saw service in Longmont, and was taken to the deadline behind their Loveland shops where it has sat for the last two years. Problems inclyde a bad oil pump and a vast array of electrical issues. ©2018 Chips

On the KP Sub


UP 4912 East at Byers, Colorado, before 11:00 AM March 9, 2018.  Five new Siemens locomotives for SEPTA & MARC.  UP’s Limon Subdivision.  Due at Sharron Springs, Kansas before sunset. ©2018 Chip

On the Joint Line

BNSF 4710 South 10:40 AM, March 8, 2018 passed Monument, Colorado, Joint Line. Kansas City Southern 4850 Belle & CSXT 383-rainbow consist! ©2018 Chip


BNSF 9177 and a sister ACe lead a southbound coal train around the bend in Palmer Lake, CO.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

A frosty scene


BNSF 1993 and BNSF 2700 lead the southbound Pikes Peak Local through the wintry scene in Palmer Lake, CO.  About the only thing that doesn't look like winter is the unfrozen waters of Palmer Lake itself! The hoar frost was left by the clouds which have retreated higher up the Rampart Range in the background there and have been replaced by some lightly falling snow. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

The Forney crew


Thanks for everyone’s help in getting DRGW 3006 and caboose DRGW 01447 into their new home. February 18, 2018 and Museum director Christof Kheim is 4th from right. ©2018 Chip

Caboose has a caboose


Caboose Hobbies in Lakewood, CO, now has a caboose They acquired D&RGW 01416 from the Denver & New Orleans Model RR Club in Parker. The club lost it's space and needed a new home for its caboose. The car is in quite good condition and they are fortunate that the windows are still in place. Many cars had all windows removed and steel plates welded in place. ©2018 Walter Weart

A locomotive not often seen outside


Rare outside opportunity - Chicago & North Western 444, 4-6-0 class I-1, outside the Forney Museum of Transportation during DRGW 3006, GP30, donation was underway. Denver, CO, February 18, 2018. ©2018 Chip

The Golden local in the snow


The Golden local was like the postman today, "Neither rain nor snow..." I'm so glad I'm not the ground man today.  ©2018 Walter Wear

A PV repositioned at Forney


During the repositioning of equipment at the Forney Museum, a very unique Private Vehicle saw daylight for the first time in a while. ©2018 Chip

(Your webmaster grew up in Chicago and Polk Brothers was one of the first of the "Big Box" retailers and was also the first discounter. They were equally famous for their "Jolly Polk Santa" which was a blowmolded 4 foot Christmas decoration.  Owner Sol Polk was considered a master pitchman and he ran in-store promotions that offered everything from TVs to Christmas trees. Polk Brothers could not deal with the new "Big Box" retailers that began to take over their share of the market. The chain officially closed its doors in 1992 in a grand "going out of business" sale. )

D&RGW equipment moved to Forney Museum

UP moved Rio Grande caboose & crane from closed DRGW Burnham Shops (UP Denver Locomotive Shop closed February 14, 2016). DRGW 01447 caboose going to Forney Museum of Transportation Denver, CO. The DRGW 029, steam derrick crane and about 20 cars had been preserved by Marcus Rail, LLC, Daniel Quiat. Union Pacific moved equipment from closed UP Denver Locomotive Shop, AKA DRGW Burnham Shops, Denver, CO, to UP's 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, February 17, 2018. Caboose acquired by Forney Museum of Transportation at Denver, CO. Crane DRGW 029 and support car DRGW X3317 will eventually move to The Moffat Road Railroad Museum at Granby, CO.  ©2018 Chip
UP moved Rio Grande 3006, GP30, preserved by Marcus Rail Daniel Quiat. Union Pacific moved equipment from closed UP Denver Locomotive Shop, AKA DRGW Burnham Shops, Denver, CO, to UP's 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, February 17, 2018. Early February 18, 2018 view with UP 1422, GP40-2 parked next to Forney Museum of Transportation at Denver, CO. ©2018 Chip DRGW 3006, GP30, in new home at Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, Colorado, February 18, 2018.  ©2018 Chip

The Joint Line in the snow

BNSF 6370 leads a northbound coal empty through Palmer Lake, CO during the first snow storm of the 2017-2018 season to hit the Pikes Peak Region. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus NSF 3845 leads a pair of KCS Belles and a long manifest south through the winter wonderland of Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

 

BNSF 1993 has a longer-than-usual Pikes Peak Local (although you can't tell here) screaming south entering Larkspur, CO.

The fresh, powdery snow was not match for the PPL as it was running at or near track speed, something that's not a common sight as it's usually coal trains sloth'ing their way up the grade toward Palmer Lake. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

UP 2468 leads the southbound MNYPU (North Yard (Denver) - Pueblo, CO) out of Palmer Lake, CO and through some post-storm beauty. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus
BNSF 8798 and a CitiRail leaser bring a southbound manifest down the grade out of Palmer Lake, CO.©2018 Chris Paulhamus  

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