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Still going strong


Iowa Traction 54 Baldwin-Westinghouse ex-Southern Iowa Railway 400 built May 1923 steeple cab Mason City Iowa 2022 Chip

Around Denver

Amtrak 168 West (2-hours late met BNSF 3678 East at Irondale Siding, Commerce City, CO, 8:25 AM, 23 Nov 2022.2022 Chip BNSF 3678 led the Z DENCHI train out of Denver 7:50 AM, 23 November 2022. 2022 Chip

UP heritage equipment on the move

UP Equipment donation between Odessa and Lexington, Nebraska, 14 November 2022. Westbound manifest on track 1. 
C&NW F-7 401 went to Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. 2022 Chip
Sunset found Union Pacific 3985, Alco 4-6-6-4 Challenger, west of Elm Creek, Nebraska, November 14, 2022. Behind the 3985 was UP 5511, 2-10-2 Baldwin. Special move was the Railroading Heritage of Midwest America donation headed for Silvis, Illinois. 2022 Chip

An Expansion of Scoular Elevator

Nebraska-Kansas-Colorado Railway Scoular elevator expansion dedication November 17, 2022 at Grainton, NE, west of
Wallace, NE. 2022 Chip
Ann Erickson, BNSF and Curt Greiner, Scoular Grain with OmniTRAX OMLX 419 & 420 at Scoular Grain elevator Grainton, Nebraska, expansion dedication 17 November 2022  2022 Chip
OmniTRAX CEO Dean Piacente talked to crowd at Scoular Grain elevator ribbon cutting ceremony at Grainton, Nebraska, 17 November 17, 2022.  2022 Chip .Scoular Grain CEO Paul Maass talked to crowd at Scoular Grain elevator ribboncutting ceremony at Grainton, Nebraska, November 17, 2022.  ©️2022   2022 Chip

UP Being Taken to Surface Transportation Board Over Tennessee Pass sale

 by John_Perkowski

Heres the link: Real estate moguls seek to pry Tennessee Pass line away from Union Pacific

 Real estate moguls seek to pry Tennessee Pass line away from Union Pacific. A firm controlled by billionaire New York City real estate magnates has asked the Surface Transportation Board to order Union Pacific to sell its 228-mile Tennessee Pass route so that the historic Colorado line can be reactivated.

Rochester & Genesee Valley Museum

Otto Vondrak is the president of the Rochester Chapter, NRHS, which operates the Rochester & Genesee Valley Museum. October 29, 2022 at Rush, NY.  2022 Chip
The Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad number 20 is used during the summer.  #20 was put away for the winter  2022 Chip

 

 
Otto kindly took me up the hill for these fine photo opportunities.  2022 Chip  

Sunrise at UP's North Yard

Sunrise at Union Pacific"s North Yard Tower, Denver, CO, Nov 2, 2022 2022 Chip

Historic UPRR equipment being prepared to move to new home

Courtesy: Union Pacific Steam Club

The steam crew has been busy preparing the Challenger No. 3985 along with the TTT-6 steam locomotive No. 5511 and Centennial diesel locomotive No. 6936 for delivery to the non-profit Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA).

The donated equipment will be towed by diesel locomotives from Union Pacific's Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Friday, Nov. 11. The Heritage Donation Special will make periodic maintenance stops along the route. The special train is scheduled to arrive at the RRHMA's shop in Silvis, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 19. A complete schedule can be found on the UPSteam.com web site.

The donation includes the following equipment:   

  • 4-6-6-4 Challenger UP 3985
  • Class TTT 2-10-2 UP 5511
  • The Centennial UP 6936
  • E9B passenger locomotive shell
  • Four 1950s coach cars
  • Diner-Lounge car
  • Baggage car
  • Caboose
  • Two business cars: the Selma, previously Western Pacific's Feather River, and the Stanford, originally the 1928 Southern Pacific Sunset
  • The RRHMA plans a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration of the equipment, including restoring the steam locomotives to operating condition.

    Union Pacific plays a leading role in preserving railroad history and maintains the finest heritage fleet in the world, which includes the world's largest steam locomotive, the Big Boy No. 4014, and the fastest steam locomotive Living Legend No. 844. Each year, Union Pacific proudly sponsors a steam tour, inviting communities and rail fans to whistle stops and displays across its 23-state network to celebrate Union Pacific's rich heritage and learn about modern rail operations.

    Daily work on the UPRR


    UP 3793, SD70M, on Sidney Local after dropping off cars to the Julesburg to Sterling, Colorado, Branch at Julesburg, CO, Sunday, October 23, 2022.  2022 Chip (
    Editor note: In our quest to capture main line action, let's not overlook the daily routine activity Thanks Chip.)

    The GWR station in Longmont


    The old GWR station in Longmont with great adaptive re-use. 2022 Denny Leonard

    The GWR Loveland station


    Great Western Railway Loveland Depot still in place October 17, 2022. OmniTrax 4012 working Loveland, Colorado, yard on frosty morning. 2022 Chip (Editor note: there has recently been interest in moving the station off of the GWR property and restoring it. Stay tuned)

    Amtrak Heritage locomotive in Denver


    Amtrak 160 Heritage 50th Anniversary Unit was on Train #5, the California Zephyr, October 11, 2022 at Denver, CO.  Train was only an hour late.  2022 Chip

    Federal Railroad Administration Car on the Joint Line

    Timothy Tonge caught the FRA test car on the Joint Line on  October 13  Both Pictures 2022 Timothy Tonge

    Why we live here!


    Autumn splendor was reflected by pond along Colorado Highway 72 west of Pinecliffe, CO, 30 September 2022. Aspen gold was about two weeks late account the warm September weather.
    Enjoy your day! 2022 Chip

    PVs on the Moffat Sub


    Private varnish disappeared into Union Pacific's tunnel one in Coal Creek Canyon, CO, October 6, 2022. Patrick Henry Creative Promotions cars Warren R. Henry dome with rear platform, Evelyn Henry sleeper, and SLRG 1 named Caritas business car were on Amtrak's California Zephyr, train #5. PV Caritas was previously owned by Clark Johnson. 2022 Chip

    The Rocky Mountaineer

    Full passenger train -! Full passenger load from the looks of passengers loading at UP's 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, October 2, 2022. 2022 Chip
     
    Rocky Mountaineer locomotives were back on their 11-car train October 2, 2022. Full passenger load from the looks of passengers loading at UP's 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, October 2, 2022. 2022 Chip

    An unusual passenger car


    Seldom pictured Pullman car built in 1882, converted to a safety car by CF&I Steel, at Steel Museum in Pueblo CO 2022 Denny Leonard

    The CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1 was designed by the Wagner Palace Sleeping Car Company in 1882. It remained in service as a sleeping car until 1910 when it was purchased by the U.S. Bureau of Mines and sold to CF&I in 1923. For the next two decades, it served as a rolling classroom promoting mine safety training in an effort to mitigate the dozens of mine disasters that were occurring in mining districts along the Front Range. It later became the Scrapyard Department office at the Pueblo steel mill until the companys bankruptcy in the early 1990s.

    A link to the video which shows a RTD Light Rail  train derailing on a curve.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/celebrity/new-video-shows-the-rtd-light-rail-derailment-that-left-several-people-injured/vi-AA12dQll?category=foryou

    Copy link and paste in your browser. If the video is not on top, scroll down as new stories may be added.

    Ringneck & Western RR get funding for improvements


    Picture Chip 2022

    Ringneck & Western Efficiency and Growth Project (funding up to $1,799,009)The proposed project will improve the economic growth, safety, resiliency, and efficiency of the Ringneck & Western Railroad (RWRR) located just east of Plankinton, S.D. The project includes construction, materials, and support services necessary to construct two 1,500-ft transload tracks to transport lumber and aggregate, and construct a 558-ft industrial lead track and a concrete maintenance pit in an existing locomotive maintenance building. Ancillary project work would include a loadout spur, six turnouts, and a roadway for vehicular and transloading equipment access. The project will improve locomotive maintenance and provide an area to transload goods from rail to truck, improving efficiency for the products being moved and the areas economy. The RWRR will provide a 40% match.

    Two foot gauge in Portland, ME

    During a recent cruise along the Atlantic Coast, one of the Shore trips was to Portland Maine. As we were walking towards our tour bus, I saw the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad train waiting riders for the first trip of the day. They operate about 1 1/2 miles of 2 foot gauge utilizing the right-of-way of the old Portland Terminal line.

    The locomotive in the picture is a G.E. switcher built by the Whitin Machine Shop. The line also has an ex- Monson 0-4-2 locomotive which is out of service. The rolling stock is made up of ex-Maine 2 foot gauge railroad such as the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes and the Monson. Some of the equipment also came from Edaville as well

    The two trips that I saw seem to be reasonably crowded for the middle of a week.

    This is their office, ticket office and gift shop. They had a nice selection of railroad items including books. 2022 Walter Weart This is a side view of the G. E. Whiten diesel taking the place of their 0-4-4 Forney. The Trucks remind me of a little kid with big shoes.  2022 Walter Weart
    This view shows you how truly narrow this locomotive really is. It makes the Colorado Railroad Museum diesels look absolutely huge in comparison. 2022 Walter Weart The caboose from the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes and you can see some of their extra equipment stored in the background. .2022 Walter Weart
    This is another view of the caboose and it has been restored to almost new condition. 2022 Walter Weart I'm not sure of the history of this caboose but it is on display and if you notice there is steps at the rear so the public can look inside..2022 Walter Weart
     

    According to their website, they roster four steam engines, Monson Forneys No. 3, and No.4 both 0-4-4s and a Bridgton & Saco River No. 7 and No.8 both  2-4-4s. Most of their rolling stock is from the Sandy River. & Rangeley Lakes with the couple of pieces from the Bridgton& Saco River. Some of the passenger cars also came from the Edaville Railroad.

    The last day of Thomas at the Colorado Railroad Museum


    Thomas is crossing the Museum entrance September 25 on one of the last runs of this 3 weekend event. My impression was that there large crowds each weekend.  2022 Walter Weart

    At Pueblo

    Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF) #2912 was built in January 1944 by Baldwin Locomotive Works. This engine is one of the "Santa Fe 2900 Class", a series of 30 engines numbered 2900 through 2929. These engines are an example of a “4-8-4” design, with four small leading wheels, eight driver wheels, and four small trailing wheels. The first engines to use this 4-8-4 design were purchased by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1926, and so the design came to be known as the "Northern". Some earlier versions of the 4-8-4 "Northerns" originally ran on coal, and were later converted to use fuel oil. In contrast, the 2900 Class never used coal, only fuel oil 7000 gallons of it.  2022 Chip Pueblo Union Depot (left) with ATSF 2912 as a loaded southbound BNSF coal train passed at right Pueblo, Colorado, September 22, 2022. 2022 Chip  
    The well maintained Pueblo Union Depot is illuminated the evening of September 22, 2022 at Pueblo, CO  2022 Chip

    Pueblo Union Depot is the historic railroad station in Pueblo, Colorado. It was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style in 18891890 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
     
    Initially the station was served by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Colorado & Southern Railway (which was acquired by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1908), the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Today the Union Pacific Railroad and the BNSF Railroad share use of the tracks, and the depot is privately owned. 2022 Chip

    A monument to time

    Comparing Time plaque on bronze statue across from fromer UP Cheyenne, WY, depot. September 20, 2022. Sculptor Joey Bainer. James L. Ehernberger, donor. 2022 Chip Comparing Time plaque on bronze statue across from fromer UP Cheyenne, WY, depot. September 20, 2022. Sculptor Joey Bainer. James L. Ehernberger, donor. 2022 Chip

    A Light Rail derailment

     
       
    On the accident scene at S. Sable Blvd. and East Eexposition Avenue RTD accident looks like excessive speed Three folks injured taken to a hospital  R Line light rail in Aurora, CO. accident happened 3:45 PM Wednesday, 21 September 2022. 2022 Chip

    OmniTRAX, has signed a letter of intent to purchase the bankrupt San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad.
    Courtesy Rail Group News

    The Valley Courier reports that while OminTRAX has signed a letter of intent to purchase the SLRG, the railroad has not yet been sold. William Brandt, the trustee overseeing the possible sale, said that a final agreement has not yet been reached. Brandt said, A deal has been reached in principle, but the deal is still being negotiated. The OmniTRAX offer is $5.75 million, but approximately $4 million will need to be spent on back taxes.

    The SLG is a former Iowa Pacific holdings property, and the line has been operating in bankruptcy for the past three years. OmniTRAX is associated with the Broe Real Estate Group in Denver, and specializes in freight logistics and shipping.

    If OmniTRAX and SLG can reach an agreement, it will be submitted to the bankruptcy court, with a hearing expected sometime in October.

    Colorado Pacific power


    On September 4, 2022, K&O (WAMX) 3824 was parked on the K&O/CP interchange at Towner, Colorado. The Colorado Pacific (WAMX) painted unit apparently still has not arrived on the CP. I have seen photos of it in eastern Kansas but nothing in western Kansas or eastern Colorado 2022 Larry Dilts

    At the Mantau & Pikes Peak

    On September 7th 2022, trains were running on the M&PP. The new modernized depot complements the station area. With the rebuild of the M&PP, a second boarding track was installed at the depot and a pedestrian bridge over the track which makes for nice photos. Only the old rebuilt Swiss units are in operation right now while the new Stadler trains are receiving repairs. 2022 Larry Dilts


     
       

    More miniature trains

    The Flying W Ranch near the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs operates a short circular miniature train using a home built locomotive built by the Flying W Ranch in 1965. Although a short trip, it crosses a small trestle and passes through a tunnel. The gauge is unknown but appears to be somewhere between 18 and 24 inch. The Ranch opens at 5PM. It survived the devastating Waldo Canyon fire which destroyed the rest of the ranch. 2022 Larry Dilts

     
       

     New commuter equipment going to California


    This is the first catch with them running on their own wheelsets, with UP power. Built in Salt Lake City. Tested in Pueblo. Headed eventually to run in California. 2022 Bob Thiele

    Lakeside Amusement Park

    The Lakeside Amusement Park operates an odd 22.75 inch gauge railroad which skirts a lake at the amusement park. They are currently only operating their California Zephyr replica while the steam locomotive sat on the siding. It hasnt been used for a couple of years due to the high fire danger. The sunny Labor Day made for a nice outing. 2022 Larry  Dilts

     

     

    Tiny Town

    Labor Day 2022 marked the end of the Tiny Town season. The Tiny Town Railroad was operating two trains that day. One was an F A&B Rio Grande painted set while the other used a Uhrich Locomotive built Mason Boggie (the locomotive is diesel powered with the exhaust vent through the stack). The Railroad is a 15 inch gauge railroad operating around the perimeter of the park.2022 Larry Dilts

     
       

    The Englewood Belleview Park Railroad

    The Englewood Belleview Park Railroad operates a 24 gauge circular railroad through the Belleview Park. September 5, 2022 was the last day of operations for the season. The train crosses two large trestles and passes through one tunnel.2022 Larry D. Dilts

    A miniature train in Pueblo

    On September 4, 2020 the City Park Railroad in Pueblo was running its last trains for the season. The 15 inch gauge train makes a 2,200 foot circular trip around the park and a small lake. The Rio Grande painted locomotive was built by Bill Daney and has been operating at the park since 1955.   Larry  Dilts

     

    Operations on the Ringneck & Western RR


    Ringneck & Western RR WAMX 4023 with flying pheasant logo was at Chamberlain, South Dakota, September 12, 2022. The Ringneck & Western took over the former Dakota Southern Railway in late May 2021. Line originally built and operated by Milwaukee Road. 2022 Chip

    The Ringneck & Western Railroad (reporting mark RWRR), a subsidiary of Watco, is a railroad that began operations in late May 2021 over 108 miles (174 km) of former Dakota Southern Railway track between Mitchell and Presho, South Dakota. The railroad was formed after Watco purchased the 189.7 miles (305.3 km) of track between Mitchell and Kadoka, South Dakota from the state of South Dakota in 2021. The line beyond Presho, SD, is out of service with the US Highway 83 expressway crossing having been removed in the early 2000s during the years that the line was used only for car storage.


    New power for the Colorado Pacific


    Colorado Pacific RR has purchased two National Railway Equipment (NRE) SD40 locomotives. CXR 1964 was built January 1971 as Penn Central 6270. The other unit is CXR 1923. Both units were refurbished and painted by NRE at Mt Vernon, IL, and moved west by BNSF. Units were at NA Junction east of Boone, CO. 2022 Chip

    On the UP

    UP dispatcher had UP 3057 East stop to assist double coal load with 283-cars to pickup conductor who setout two bad ordered coal cars at Cozad, NE, 26 August 2022. Note 3057 was the only locomotive on unit auto train from Milipitas, California, to Chicago, IL. 2022 Chip UP 1111, SD70ACe Powered by Our People, east of North Platte, NE, sunrise August 27, 2022. UP train M NPAL-27 the North Platte, NE, to Altoona, Wisconsin. ©2022 Chip

    The Employee Pride Locomotive was created to honor the men and women of Union Pacific Railroad. Locomotive's number 1111 -- represents Union Pacific's goal to be the No. 1 railroad with the No. 1 employees who have the No. 1 safety dedication with 1 vision Building America.

    New power for Amtrak

    ALC-42 AMTK 301 leads an all star cast of brand new power including 309, 313, and 314 and test car among the usual consist and not a GE P42 mud-missile in sight. Cold soaking rain at Moffat East Portal beckons Fall under the Great Divide which has played host to the Most Talked About Train in the Country since 1948. 8/25/22   2022 Erik Lindgren

    On the G&W at Limon


    G&W had yet to repaint this old Rail America motor seen working in Limon. 2022 Limonrail

    Off to a new home

    Note BUGX reporting marks are now displayed on former San Luis & Rio Grande RR 1100 at Alamosa, CO. Evidently, Dieselmotive/ Bruggere & Monson has added this sharp looking F-unit to their roster. Heavy rain around Alamosa left puddles on August 22, 2022. 2022 Chip

    Pictures from Kansas

    Looney Toones cartoon characters have been showing up on grain hoppers in Colby and Mingo, Kansas. 2022 Larry Dilts
    Balcones Recycling has quite a variety of graffiti artist. To paint so much, they must paint the graffiti at the recycling facility in Dallas,    Texas. I have seen a large number of cars they have painted.2022 Larry Dilts On August 5, 2022 a Norfolk Southern C44C6M was on a grain train at Cornerstone Ag in Colby, Kansas. It was nice to see a little variety and clean paint. 2022 Larry Dilts
     
     
    On August 20, 2022, a K&O train was parked at Scott City with K&O GP39-2s 3914, 3933, and GP40-2 4010. Number 4010 was the unit on short term lease to the Colorado Pacific stationed at Eads. I have heard that the CP has received their own units now and the leased unit returned to the K&O. 2022 Larry Dilts  

    On the Moffat Sub

    Erik Lindgren caught No. 6 at tunnel 15 and South Boulder Peak stands proud high over the craggy Eldorado Canyon. 2022 Erik Lindgren

    3' gauge in central Michigan

    The Huckleberry Railroad, which is part of Crossroads Village, operates about a 5 mile line with loops at each end. The steam engine operates on weekends and a diesel, once owned by the Georgetown Loop railroad, operates during weekdays. The railroad also owns K_27 D&RGW No. 464, one of only theee  Rio Grande engines narrow gauge engines not in Colorado. (The other is in Knotts Berry Farm in California.)

    The line operates over an old Pere Marquette right of way. I was told that narrow gauge was chosen as when they were constructing the line in 1977, standard gauge equipment was either unavailable or too expensive.

    No. 167 is a Baldwin product, tracing it history back to the Alaska Railroad. 2022 Walter Weart The caboose and coach came from Mexico. 2022 Walter Weart
    A blow down on the first loop. 2022 Walter Weart I guess the conductor is looking at  the "White Walls" for sliding wheels but the land is table top flat. .2022 Walter Weart
    A view on the second loop. The first car was built in their shops. 2022 Walter Weart The 2-8-0 is from Mexico and is thought to be in such poor condition as to make restoration not worthwhile. 2022 Walter Weart
    The Pere Marquette caboose is fully restored and it open the visitors. 2022 Walter Weart This caboose is not in Guide but appears to be well cared for. 2022 Walter Weart

    Every year, the Huckleberry railroad posts a Railfan Weekend. I have attached a link to a PDF file which contains a copy of the 2022 Guide. The pages are not in the correct sequence however it will give you a history of the railroad and an overview of its equipment.

    The Golden Switcher with a caboose, no, I mean switching  platform


    On August 18, I found the Golden Switcher heading home with a switching platform. 2022 Walter Weart

    A UP train on the move


    UP 2757 departed UP's North Yard, Denver, CO, via the Belt Line at Control Point (CP) DS 900 Broadway with the Green River, WY, manifest, rainy August 16, 2022. 2022 Chip

    A new color scheme for the Great Western

    OmniTrax's Great Western Railway has painted one of their ex-Canadian National GP 402LW locomotives into an attractive orange paint scheme. The other three four axle locomotives are being painted into a gray paint scheme. OMLX 4011 was near Windsor, Colorado, August 10, 2022. 2022 Chip OmniTraxs Great Western Railway OMLX 4011 crossed over the new I-25 girder bridge east of Loveland, Colorado, August 10, 2022. 2022 Chip



    Side view of OmniTrax 4011 2022 Chip

    Friends from north of the border


    Canadian Pacific 9839, AC4400CW, was on BNSF's Q-train; Q ALTPTL Alliance, TX, to Portland, OR, moved north on the Joint Line at Sedalia, Colorado, August 7, 2022. 2022 Chip

    G&W at Limon


    G&W at Limon 2022 Limon Rail

     ( Ed note:There have been some comments about the orange paint fading. Another e-mail said that orange pigments tend to fade more quickly in the sun. Speaking from personal experience back in the mid-1980s, we had a locomotive on the Great Western where the orange fated to kind of a soft pink. That locomotive is now out of the Heber Creeper in Utah.I think they are planning on repainting it into the Union Pacific colors if they have not already done so, which was its original owner

    From the dome behind 4014


    UP 4014 North trip view from Colorado Eagle - UPP 8004 dome La Salle, CO, 30 July 2022. UP Museum fund raiser. Train ran north on Greeley Subd. Signal maintainers were working around the new signal bridges. 2022 Chip

    A really great catch


    Eastbound BNSF 4718, C44-9W warbonnet, handled the Provo, Utah, to Denver, CO, manifest across UPs Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. Second unit was Canadian Pacific 8076. Train crew was relieved at Rollinsville and fresh crew boarded for remaining run to Denver. Westbound Denver to Provo, UT, train H DENPVO passed with BNSF 7947, ES44C4 DPU, on the main. 2022 Chip

    On the Joint Line

    Bob Thiele shot the train  at Palmer Lake and at the 105 bridge in Monument 2022 Bob Thiele

    A Canadian Visitor


    Bob Thiele caught a Thursday northbound mega empty Coal train with a last facing out CPACU Unit 2022 Bob Thiele

    Maintenance on the Beer line

    A laser guided tamper was working on the Beer Line on August 2. A Ballast Regulator followed behind. First time I seen MOW equipment on the Beer Line in a few years. 2022 Walter Weart

    Some different trains in Kansas

    July 29, 2022, Sharon Springs, Kansas. The Wallace County Fair in Sharon Springs, Kansas, operates a 15 inch gauge passenger train home built by Larry Sterrett. The manufacture date is unknown but it has an interesting history. The train operated at Loveland, Colorado until 1976 when the Big Thompson River flooded burying the train and the rest of the carnival. The Wallace County Fair Board went to Loveland and salvaged the train and the amusement rides moving them to Sharon Springs where it operates each year during fair week. 2022 Larry Dilts
    July 27, 2022, Leoti, Kansas. The Wichita County Fair in Leoti, Kansas, operates a 16 inch gauge passenger train built by the Miniature Train Co. Located near the K&O in Leoti is the Wichita County Fair grounds. One of the fair amusement rides is the 16 inch-gauge streamliner built by Miniature Train Company with SP Daylight colored passenger train using an EMD F unit replica. The 16-inch gauge was introduced in 1946 becoming the companies most popular gauge. Leotis train was built by Miniature Train Company probably before 1955. The company was sold to the Allan Herschell Company in 1956 who continued to built the Miniature Train sets until 1963 when they introduced their own train model. They preferred the 24 inch-gauge. 2022 Larry Dilts 

    4014 in Denver

     
    UP 4014 moves north from Denver Union Station on 30 July. This special passenger train was a fund-raiser for the Union Pacific Museum, destined for Cheyenne.2022 Dave Schaaf


     
    UP 4014 Big Boy 10-car train backed in Denver Union Station track 5 on Friday, July 29, 2022 past Coors Field. Onlookers were everywhere for the occasion. Three dome cars were on the UP Museum Special; Colorado Eagle - UPP 8004 dome diner, Challenger - UPP 7015 dome coach, and Walter Dean - UPP 9005 dome lounge obs. The Colorado Eagle was built by American Car & Foundry in 1955 as dome diner No. 8004. It was reacquired by Union Pacific in 1993 and named the Colorado Eagle after the synonymous streamliner, which began service on the Missouri Pacific railroad on June 21, 1942. 2022 Chip A rainy morning on 28 July 2022 as the Big Boy rolls south through Ault, Colorado. 2022 Dave Schaaf
    UP 4014 Big Boy, Alco 4-8-8-4, backed 10-car UP Museum Special from UP's North Yard, Denver, CO, at Prospect Junction into Denver Union Station. 29 July 2022. Amazing how Union Pacific arranged for their train to use BNSF rails to access Denver Union Station after cancelling California and Portland, Oregon, trip in June 2022. 2022 Chip UP 4015, SD70M, the diesel equipped with Positive Train Control (PTC)>2022 Chip
     
    Denny Leonard found 4014 on its way to Union Station. 2022 Denny Leonard
    Chip caught an aerial view 4014 passing over I-70 inbound to Denver Un0in Station. 2022 Chip UP 4014 Big Boy, Alco 4-8-8-4, was on the North Yard Lead near C&S Junction northwest of Denver, CO, early 29 July 2022. The UP Museum Special had overnighted at Utah Junction storage yard near Pecos Street bridge. Train back from C&S past UPs North Yard and used BNSF Buck Main (same used by Amtrak) to access Denver Union Station for display on track 5.2022 Chip

    A tired looking locomotive on its way home


    Hollis Eastern 8170, GP10, ex-Illinois Central 9170 GP9, was at Union Pacific's North Yard, Denver, Colorado, July 22, 2022. Locomotive used by Mountain Cement Company at Laramie, Wyoming, in recent years and returned to Laramie about July 23rd. 2022 Chip

    The Rocky Mountaineer at night


    Rocky Mountaineer 8021, GP 403, idled at Union Pacific's 36th Street Yard, Denver, Colorado, after evening showers July 24, 2022.  2022 Chip

    A power move with some older locomotives

    Bob Thiele caught a power move with older locomotives. 2020 Bob Thiele  

    A Cement unit train with a Warbonnet

    Bob Thiele caught a cement train Lake with a Warbonnet at Palmer Lake. 2020 Bob Thiele   

    Getting ready for the day


    While running errands today, July 20, I watched the Golden Switcher make up it's train. 3 man crew with two on ground, makes it a little easier. 2020 Walter Weart

    One of Amtrak's newest locomotive


    New Amtrak 301, ALC-42, 50th Anniversary unit was dropped off at Denver Union Station by train number 5, the California Zephyr, Saturday, July 16, 2022.  Unit was basking in Sunday morning light July 17th on track #5.  2020 Chip

    A Milw Observation  is going to a new home

    Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway (ACRW) 3311, purchased ex-Milwaukee Road 15 - named Coffee Creek, from the Iowa Pacific bankruptcy sale back in 2020. Car had been stored at San Luis & Rio Grande RR Alamosa, CO, shop building in recent years. Car moved via Union Pacific's North Yard, Denver, CO, to North Platte, NE, at Utah Junction north of Denver, CO, July 12, 2022. ©2022 Chip
    ACWR 3311 Skytop sleeper (ex-Milwaukee Road 15 named Coffee Creek) was at Platteville, CO, July 12, 2022. Union Pacific's North Yard, Denver, CO, to North Platte, NE, train M NYNP-12. ©2022 Chip

    They're gone


    The regular power is back on the Golden Switcher. Sorry about the sign, shot this from a moving car. 2022 Walter Weart

    Retro power for the Golden Switcher


    BNSF 1638, SD40-2, and BNSF 2854, GP39-2 nee-ATSF 3640, 'bluebonnets' matching paint schemes - rare power lash in 2022-! Golden Local at Golden, CO, July 7, 2022. 2022 Chip


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    fter receiving a tip that older SF power was being used on the Golden Switcher I went to Golden to see for sure. I haven't seen the paint scheme for a while. Not sure how long these will be around so plan to see them soon.2022 Walter Weart

    318 on the move


    with some help from a friend 2022 Walter Weart

    An Amtrak motor


    Amtraks future motive power arrived at Denver, Colorado, Tuesday, July 5, 2022 awaiting California Zephyr crew familiarization. 2022 Chip
     

    BNSF motors on the Denver & Rock Island


    BNSF 1736, SD40-2, picking up Denver Rock Island RR interchange Denver Stockyards, CO, 8:05 AM, 5 July 2022. Rare daylight move 2022 Chip The massive National Western Complex Denver Stockyards
    redevelopment is evident in the distance.

    July 1st at Coors Field

    Fireworks exploded over Coors Field after Colorado Rockies baseball game July 1, 2022 to kick off Fourth of July weekend around Denver, Colorado. Note inbound Denver RTD commuter rail train lower right. 2022 Chip Fireworks over tracks leading into Denver Union Station. Coors Field after Colorado Rockies baseball game July 1, 2022 kicked off Fourth of July weekend around Denver, Colorado. Crowds were out for the post COVID opportunity. 2022 Chip
    Fireworks exploded over Coors Field after Colorado Rockies baseball game July 1, 2022 to kick off Fourth of July weekend around Denver, Colorado. Had hoped to catch late running Amtrak California Zephyr in foreground but it fell down coming
    across the Colorado Rockies (4-hours late that night). 2022 Chip
    Fireworks exploded over Coors Field after Colorado Rockies baseball game July 1, 2022 to kick off Fourth of July weekend around Denver, Colorado. Note inbound Denver RTD commuter rail train (blurred movement) lower right. 2022 Chip

    Ft. Collins Birneys

    This photo came attached an Intermountain Chapter NRHS e-mail and Keith Kirby may have taken the photo. If he is not photographer, let me know who they are, I will give him/her credit. This shows both Ft. Collins Birneys, both in correct colors.

    A visitor going home?


    Coming out of the TTC after spending some time there. Not sure direction it's headed tho. Photo attached taken today, June 27 2022 at Pueblo Co. 2022 Ben Helsel

     Klondike Kate


    Georgetown Loop  No. 4 gets a boiler wash at Silver Plume. 2022 Denny Leonard


     

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