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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 UP’s 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. Leoti’s 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 UP’s 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

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

Amtrak‘s 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.

Union Pacific Steam Club Update No. 24 - June 30, 2022

We're sorry to announce that we're unable to reschedule the Big Boy No. 4014's West Coast Steam Tour in 2022 as we continue to focus on efforts to improve network operations. We will look to reschedule this tour in the future.
Instead, No. 4014 will head south to Denver on Thursday, July 28. The Big Boy will be on display in Denver on Friday, July 29 along with the "Experience the Union Pacific" rail car, a multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse of the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. There will also be a live Q&A with the Steam Crew. Admission is free to Friday's display.

On Saturday, July 30, Big Boy No. 4014 will pull the 2022 Museum Special, a special passenger trip from Denver to Cheyenne, hosted by the Union Pacific Museum. This excursion is the annual gala fundraiser for the Union Pacific Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization, and passengers must be 18 years or older to ride. This is a rare opportunity for the public to travel behind this historic locomotive and on Union Pacific's historic heritage passenger equipment. Before returning to Denver via motorcoach, passengers will have the option to visit Sherman Summit via motorcoach.

Patrons of the Union Pacific Museum will be able to take advantage of a special presale of tickets for the 2022 Museum Special beginning on Friday, July 1 at noon central time. Public ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, July 5 at the Museum's ticketing web site: .

A full schedule of the Big Boy's roundtrip excursion to Denver with specific times and locations will be posted at in the coming days.

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

A DOT inspection vehicle visits Denver

While leaving the National Garden Railway Convention,  we saw this FRA high rail inspection vehicle. This may replicate many of the functions of the larger rail only cars These include Track Geometry Measurement System (TGMS) to measure gage, alignment and track surface and calculate safe train speeds in curved track, Ride Quality Measurement System (RQMS) to measure truck and car body forces in g's, Differential Global Measurement System and (DGMS) to provide high accuracy GPS coordinates for exceptions and for each foot surveyed  along with Rail Profile Measurement System (RPMS) Both pictures   Susie Weart

A Heritage unit in Colorado

Norfolk Southern 1070, Wabash Heritage unit SD70ACe, was the rear DPU on Union Pacific's Savage Loadout, Utah, 105-car coal load parked at Pinecliffe, CO, June 22, 2022. Eastbound coal load was parked in accordance with UP's Level One Heat restriction - temperature at 85 F or higher and train had over 9,000 tons between Rocky Siding and Pinecliffe, CO. This train was over 14,000 tons! ©2022 Chip

On the Joint Line

BNSF 8547 leads a sister ACe south through the S-curve just south of Monument, CO.  ©2022 Chris Paulhamus BNSF 6150 leads a northbound coal empty through the Greenland Open Space in Greenland, CO while a snow-covered Pikes Peak rises to the sky some 25 miles away. ©2022 Chris Paulhamus
 On Jun 18, 2022, Jim Griffin captured this train at Palmer Lake.  ©2022 Jim Griffin

PVs on the Moffat Sub

Patrick Henry's private varnish dome lounge featured drumhead for Paul Soreson birthday trip. Amtrak''s California Zephyr, train #5, passed Gross Dam at Crescent, Colorado, June 16, 2022. PV's Warren R. Henry and sleeper Evelyn Henry had laid over at Denver Union Station June 14 and 15th. ©2022 Chip

A Beer train waiting for clearance

On June 16, an eastbound Beer train is waiting for clearance in Arvada just east Marshall. While most of the cars are covered hoppers, note the white Cryogenics boxcar which Coors may be using to ship beer.  ©2022 Walterr Weart

A Warbonnet

Not the best picture but a catching a Warbonnet, even trailing, is worthwhile. Susie shot this picture from the car near Cheyenne. ©2022 Susie Weart

The Silvis shops

Donated Union Pacific RR historical equipment will be housed at the massive former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR Silvis Shops in Silvis, IL. View of Railroading Heritage of Midwest America Silvis Shops west end next to the administration building June 9, 2022. Iowa Interstate RR 505 was outside the huge erecting building. ©2022 Chip Donated Union Pacific RR historical equipment will be housed at the massive former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR Silvis Shops in Silvis, IL. View of Railroading Heritage of Midwest America Silvis Shops east end June 6, 2022. Lower right; Norfolk Southern Genset 3GS21B outside the huge erecting building. ©2022 Chip

A Meet at Colorado Springs

On the way to the Lake yesterday after noon, early evening, we stopped to get shots of the Loaded Ray Nixon on BNSF by the Olympic-Paralympic Museum. BNSF ES44AC 6094 with BNSF ES44AC 6301 leads and surprise, BNSF ES44DC 7942 meets and passes. Believe the 7942 was the SB Q SPOALT. Sometimes timing is great. ©2022 Ben Helsel

Iowa Interstate steam engine

Iowa Interstate 6988 QJ 2-10-2 was steamed up June 10, 2022 at Newton, Iowa. Plan was to run mixed train two coaches
and empty tank cars to Silvis, Illinois, on Saturday. June10, 2022. ©2022 Chip
Iowa Interstate RR 6988 steam locomotive crossed the Iowa River at Iowa City,  IA, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Train operated from Newton, Iowa to Silvis, Illinois. ©2022 Chip

The ILCAD special on it's way to Pueblo

he BNSF provided a special train to transport attendees to the ILCAD convention for a visit to TTCI. The group is International Level Crossing Awareness Day and is an organization devoted to not only grade crossing safety but trespassing and suicide prevention. The U.S. member is Operation Lifesaver and I was able to attend this conference but declined to take the train as I had other commitments. With so many pictures, I won't try to caption them as you know this area very well. I will make sure the photographer gets credit.

The consist: BNSF 7529, BNSF 4240, Mt San Antonio (BNSF 53), Valley View (BNSF 29), Flathead River (BNSF 41), Powder River (BNSF 45), Fox River (BNSF 40), Colorado River (BNSF 44), Mountain View (BNSF 28), Missouri River (BNSF 4), Canyon View (BNSF 35), Lake Superior (BNSF 10), Trinchera Pass (BNSF 67), Topeka (BNSF 6), Eagle Pass (BNSF 69), Glorieta Pass (BNSF 63), Snoqualmie Pass (BNSF 62), Mt. Bearhat (BNSF 54), BNSF 7986.  Thank you Wesley.Greer.

eTrain symbols were ODENPUE 910 morning  OPUEDEN 910 evening

©2022 Erik Lindgren  
©2022 Scott Whitney And  bonus, a Warbonnet on an Intermodal train. ©2022 Scott  Whitney
©2022 Matt Kool ©2022 Matt Kool

Pictures from Kansas

At Calhan, the railroad park has acquired another caboose number 17085. I believe this is the one that was used on a number of excursions on the Cadillac & Lake City in the 1980s. Also RI wooden caboose 17658 has been repainted. So far only one side
 has been stenciled.
©2022 Larry D. Dilts
On June 7, 2022 at Eads, the Colorado Pacific was switching tank cars with leased WAMX 4010.  ©2022 Larry D. Dilts
On June 7, 2022 at Pultney siding west of Olney Springs was a string of tank cars. These may be ones that were recently cleaned
 in that the number of stored cars east of NA Jct. have been reduced.
©2022 Larry D. Dilts
At Sharon Springs, Kansas, June 7, 2022 was a westbound crude oil train lead by UP 5402. It was pulling onto the mainline after a loaded eastbound coal train had arrived. ©2022 Larry D. Dilts
Pulling up the rear of the crude oil train was distributed power unit UP 8621. It was passing by CHS’s SD40-2 former BNSF 7264.
©2022 Larry D. Dilts
On the K&O, June 7, 2022, at Towner, was K&O 4026 and two other units moving grain hoppers through the Cargill elevator loading chute. ©2022 Larry D. Dilts

Snow on the Moffat sub

Erik Lindgren caught this coal empty just after our last snowstorm  ©2022 Erik Lindgren  

Georgetown Loop No. 8 at the Moffat Museum

Ex Georgetown Loop No. 8 shay is now on display at the Moffat museum in Granby CO. ©2022 Denny Leonard

Canadian power on a unit grain train

David Grothe shot this at Castle Rock at 17:45m Ay 31, 2022.  ©2022 David Grothe

Union Pacific's Siemens special train

S-FLCB-24 to Council Bluffs, Iowa. UP 5655 & 4881, SD70M, 8-cars for Amtrak. Train arrived West
Cheyenne 11:55 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2022.  ©2022 Chip

The Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer 8021 and 8020, GP40-3 sport Rocky Mountaineer scheme, was eastbound with 10-car passenger train. Union Pacific train North Yard, Denver, CO, to Grand Junction, CO, train ID M NYGJ, was making a set out. Colorado River at left. Single UP unit was DPU on train M NYGJ. Trains were just east of Bond, CO, May 27, 2022. ©2022 Chip

Rocky Mountaineer 8021, recently painted GP40-3, encounter made great time Friday, May 27 2022 between Glenwood Springs, CO, and Denver. The Rocky Mountaineer met late running Amtrak train 5, the California Zephyr, at Winter Park. ©2022 Chip Storm  clouds added a nice touch!
Eastbound Rocky Mountaineer was perfectly matched consist had RMRX 8021 and 8020, GP40-3, up front just east of Radium, CO, May 27, 2022. This was the first round trip to Moab, Utah, for this fine looking train. ©2022 Chip Rocky Mountaineer action RMRX 8021, GP40-3, Rocky Mountaineer 10-car passenger train amongst red rocks May 27, 2022 crossed the Colorado River east of Sweetwater, Colorado. First trip for RMRX 8020 & 8021 with the passenger train made round trip Denver to Moab, Utah. Units just had positive train control (PTC) installed. The May 29, 2022 Denver departure these units were taken off for additional PTC troubleshooting. ©2022 Chip
Rocky Mountaineer (RMRX) 8020 & 8021, GP40-3 equipped with positive train control (PTC), made their first trip on the passenger train from UP''s 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, to Moab, Utah, on May 25, 2022. Train rolled across I-70 and headed west via the Belt Line and UP's Utah Junction Bypass. ©2022 Chip Fresh snow overnight on May 25th at Nederland, official and this late in the year that flock doesn't last long! Still i had some nice snow to compliment this splendid blue, gold, and white wonder. The first westbound with proper leaders of the amazing Rocky Mountaineer and its all magic are running about an hour behind due to Amtrak's untimely departure from Denver. ©2022 Erik Lindgren

Rocky Mountaineer power

Rocky Mountaineer power, RMRX 8020 and 8021, were moved around Union Pacific's 36th Street Yard, Denver, CO, on May 23, 2022.  ©2022 Chip

After the blizzard

May 21, 2022. ©2022 Erik Lindgren 

Warbonnets in Service

Colorful BNSF power lash up happened with the Denver, CO, to Laurel, Montana, train at Longmont, CO, May 12, 2022. Warbonnets BNSF 766 and 782, AC44CW, bracketed CSXT 368. Train had work at Longmont that morning. ©2022 Chip

Colorado Railroad Museum Colorado Crossings May 14-14, 2022

Oil train for cleaning

Colorado Pacific RR (former Missouri Pacific RR Towner Line) received two CBTX empty unit tank trains starting in April 2022.  Cars are stored and cleaned at new three track yard east of NA Junction near Boone, Colorado, May 9, 2022  ©2022 Chip

A BNSF Officer Special

BNSF's President and CEO Katie Farmer inspected BNSF between Gillette, WY, and La Junta, CO, on May 10 and 11, 2022. The BNSF 3680, ET44C4, handled the 9-car special. On the rear were dining car Fred Harvey and BNSF 32 theater inspection car named William Barstow Strong. ©2022 Chip

From Kansas and Colorado

At Wallace, Kansas on May 9, 2022, a UP tie train was parked on the siding. The locomotive was a Relco PU3200A-6 built in 2019. ©2022Larry Dilts

On May 9, 2022, the Colorado Pacific GP40-2 leased from WAMX went out for a short outing. Hayden Soloviev, one of the railroad owners, was visiting and was taken for a short ride to the east end of the yard and back. It was good to hear train sounds in Eads once again. . ©2022Larry Dilts

Although the Mopac has been gone for a long time and their line into Pueblo abandoned in favor of the AT&SF, a short section remains between Fountain Creek and South La Crosse Ave. The track east of La Crosse has been removed. The bridge across Fountain Creek is partially missing isolating this small three-yard track.. ©2022Larry Dilts On May 9, 2022, a BNSF empty coal train was waiting in Colorado Springs for the track to clear to the north. The two BNSF distributed power units were parked in a good location to photograph from the new Olympic Museum pedestrian bridge that crosses over the yard. There is a fine mesh chain link fence which makes it difficult to get some photos but there are still a few good spots for photographs.. ©2022Larry Dilts
At Stewart, Colorado on the CP, Weskan Grain is building a new grain elevator. This will be a much needed new business for the CP.  ©2022Larry Dilts  

At Canon City

On May 7 Royal Gorge 603 SD-40, shut down for the night, awaiting tomorrow's operation ©2022 Walter Weart On May 8, 603 is ready to lead the first train on the day. Mechanical problems required that the cab car be cut in behind the B unit. ©2022 Walter Weart
Because of mechanical problems  GP-40 728 is added to the consist to supply additional head in power. ©2022 Walter Weart  

An interesting NS locomotive

Norfolk Southern (NS) 4544, AC44C6M, was in Colorado on a BNSF train. This AC44C6M rebuild was delivered in April 2022 to NS: 4544 (former NS Dash 9-44CW 9264) rebuilt by GE Wabtec at Fort Worth, TX. Unit was on BNSF's Denver, CO, to Amarillo South, Texas train H DENAMS1-30. Train was southbound on the Joint Line next to Chatfield State Park south of Littleton, CO, 1 May 2022. ©2022 Chip

A PV visits Denver

PV Cyrus K. Holliday was on Amtrak's California Zephyr, train #5, at Denver Union Station, CO, April 28, 2022. Car was returning to its home in San Diego, California. Kennebec Financial Corporation is the current owner and does not allow charters. ©2022 Chip PV Cyrus K. Holliday, ex-Soo Line 52, on 2-hours late Amtrak train 5, the California Zephyr at Keenesburg, CO, April 28, 2022. Amtrak 800039 on BNSF Brush Subdivision. ©2022 Chip

A Golden Switcher panorama

While on my way to the Museum on April 28, I noticed that the Golden Switcher was backed in a siding and had a caboose on the tail end. He was waiting for a eastbound Beer train to pass. I thought a panorama might be an interesting way to capture this. ©2022 Walter Weart

A CN visitor

Colorado Pacific RR has leased WAMX 4010, GP40-2 ex-Canadian National, and moved it from Kansas to Eads, Colorado, as of April 22, 2022. The locomotive was parked on the former Missouri Pacific Towner Line at Eads, CO, where it was found April 25, 2022. ©2022 Chip

UP steam club Facebook page.

We're pleased to announce that we have donated a small portion of our heritage fleet to the non-profit Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA). The donation allows Union Pacific to focus on our remaining fleet, which includes the world's largest steam locomotive, the Big Boy  UP 4014, and the fastest, the Living Legend UP 844.

The donation includes the following equipment from Union Pacific's Steam Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming:

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

Two business cars: the Selma, previously Western  Pacific's Feather River, and the Stanford, originally the 1928 Southern  Pacific Sunset

"Union Pacific is proud to be the only Class I railroad with steam locomotives on its roster, part of the finest heritage fleet in the world," said Scott Moore, senior vice president – Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer. "We are pleased with RRHMA's plans to restore the donated equipment for the public to enjoy. Union Pacific remains dedicated to the maintenance and operation of our remaining heritage fleet, including hosting future tours and sharing UP 4014 and UP 844 with the rail community."

Union Pacific will move the equipment to RRHMA's shop in Silvis, Illinois, later this year. RRHMA plans a multi-year,  multi-million-dollar restoration of the equipment, including restoring  the steam locomotives to operating condition.

"The RRHM is a wonderful home for this historic equipment," said Ed Dickens, steam locomotive engineer and Steam Program manager. "Railfans will look forward to seeing UP 3985 and UP 5511 return to the rails, as well as enjoy the opportunity to experience the various cars being donated."

More information about moving these locomotives from Cheyenne to Silvis, Illinois will come later. As always, we'll keep Steam Club members updated.

(Editor's note" I believe this group also owns Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 265)

Tank car storage

Colorado Pacific RR (ex-Missouri Pacific line) is storing CBTX unit tank car train at their newly constructed (December 2020) three track yard east of NA Junction (BNSF-Colorado Pacific RR interchange). That is located about 5-miles east of Boone, CO. The CBTX tank cars were being cleaned by Tactical Cleaning Company April 25, 2022. ©2022 Chip

Union Pacific has postponed its planned tour this summer for Big Boy No. 4014, citing a need to “focus on efforts to ease supply chain congestion.”

The trip to the Pacific Northwest via Northern California had been scheduled to begin June 26. The railroad said it would announce updated plans once service performance levels return to normal.
Intermodal traffic on the move

BNSF 3898 and CN 5780 handled Denver, CO, to Willow Springs, IL, train ID B DENWSP4-12A at Sand Creek, CO, April 13, 2022.  Train had 66-cars running east via Brush, CO.  ©2022 Chip

The Salt Mine job

BNSF's Salt Mine Job used BNSF 2854, GP38, on Friday, April 8, 2022 to switch 31st Street Yard, Denver. Crew member was riding in the locomotives’ cab account a fatality early in 2022 on this job. Remote Control Operator (RCO) employee was standing on the platform of the locomotive operating locomotive. Apparently employee wasn’t expecting or anticipating the slack to roll in causing him to fall off locomotive into the gauge of the rail February 9, 2022. Power in the distance was moved by herders into Denver Diesel Shop. ©2022 Chip

Heavy metal on the move

Northbound BNSF unit train from Beaumont, Texas, to Fort Lewis, Washington, moved Army containers and vehicles through Denver, CO, on April 6, 2022. BNSF 7419, ES44DC, handled the Joint Line move. Train was on main track one. Hogans Alley siding is the track at the far left. ©2022 Chip

A military train passes RTD, note the car with ad as the train passes

Army National l Guard "Ready to Respond" advertisement was on Denver light rail car April 6, 2022. Parked on the BNSF/UP
 Joint Line was regular army equipment headed to Fort Lewis, Washington. Train action at Sheridan, Colorado.
©2022 Chip

Denver RTD D Line train passed BNSF train with heavy-metal at Sheridan, Colorado, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. BNSF train is headed to Fort Lewis, Washington. ©2022  Chip

Denver RTD 234 with’ "I  got my Vaccine" D Line train passed BNSF train with heavy-metal at Sheridan, Colorado, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. BNSF train is headed to Fort Lewis, Washington. I


Kyle on the move

Kyle Railroad operated Utah Railway 5005, MK 50­3, and Buffalo & Pitttsburg 3333 west through Flagler, CO, towards Limon,
CO, April 4, 2022. © 2022 Chip
Utah Rly 5005, MK50-3, approached Limon, CO, April 4, 2022. Copyright 2022 Chip

A visitor from the East

Ben Helsel caught the MARC locomotive on its way to TTCI on 03-28-2022  ©2022 Ben Helsel

PVs on No. 5 passing through Colorado

Private varnish graced Amtrak's California Zephyr, train 5, on March 24, 2022, during stop at Denver Union Station, CO.  ©2022 Chip
Two Northern Pacific dome cars; one is a dome sleeper (bedrooms under the dome area) NP 313 and the other a dome coach Northern Pacific 549.  Photo at Fraser, CO, during smoke break stop. ©2022 Chip
Bringing up the rear was ex-New York Central car named Babbling Brook. Car had bedrooms, lounge and round end observation area. All three cars went to the West Coast and returned east on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, train 4 in late March 2022
. ©2022 Chip
Erik Lindgren  caught the PVs heading west.  ©2022 Erik Lindgren
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