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A "Light" engine move


12 Nov, 2018, BNSF 1826 leads a pair of SD40-2s in the form of the Pikes Peak Local runs light through Larkspur, CO after the second significant snowfall of the season. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

A lucky catch


Northern Sun (ADM) sunflower plant at Carusso, Kansas operates former Kyle SW8 1103. This unit is difficult to photograph in that it spends most of its time on the back side (east side) of the plant. ADM also operates a GE 25 ton locomotive which is generally easily seen on the west side of the plant.  ©2018 Larry D. Dilts

A different work train


SPS Georgetown Rail Equipment Company (GREX) 6000 used by BNSF to remove old railroad ties at Denver, Colorado, 14 November 2018. BNSF did major tie replacement project in Denver area October 2018. Power unit built on SW9 frame ex-MBTA 1900, ex-SCL 141, ex-ACL 659. GREX 6000 handled slot train loaded with discarded ties. ©2018 Chip

Not your usual train!

As reported earlier, Savage Transloaders has opened a facility at Kelker on the southeast side of Colorado Springs for shipping containers. On November 13, 2018, a string of loaded container flats were at the facility. The facility uses a Rail King rail mover to move the cars through the facility. It is on the left. In the right background is L. G. Everist Incorporated's Trackmobile. They unload bulk materials at their facility. ©2018 Larry Dilts The containers and container flats are interesting. The containers are labeled "super heavy." They are smaller than most containers and only six are loaded on each three truck flatcar. The flats appear to be designed for heavier loads. From what I have been able to ascertain, the containers are filled with dore buttons which are bars of gold and silver alloys that require further refining to separate the gold and silver. The buttons are coming from the Cripple Creek and Victor Cresson Mine and being shipped to a refinery the location of which I was not able to find.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

Along the Joint Line


On 12 Nov, 2018, UP 8419 is on the rear of a northbound CSUX coal empty as it shoves into Palmer Lake, CO following the second significant snowfall of the season. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

In the snow

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On 12 Nov, 2018 BNSF 8778 leads a southbound coal train just south of Monument, CO during the last few gasps of the second significant snow storm of the season. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

A little further along the line


Mike Harriman sent this picture of the same train that Larry Dilts saw in Colorado Springs, but on the other side of the divide a few hours later, seen here near Sedalia.  © 2018  Mike Harriman

Action in Colorado Springs


An empty BNSF coal train was headed north passing under Fillmore Street in Colorado Springs November 12, 2018. There were two lead units followed by three distributed power units bringing up the rear.  © 2018 Larry Dilts

Some photos along the Joint Line

 A loaded BNSF coal breaks the silence of a quiet morning in Sedalia, CO as it grinds upgrade just before sunrise. © 2018  Mike Harriman Another loaded coal, this time with the sun up, crosses one of the original ATSF stone culverts in Castle Rock, this was taken right behind Castle View High School. © 2018  Mike Harriman
Wrapping up a great Saturday of trains, a BNSF manifest heads south at Big Lift with an NS visitor GEVO third out, in a few moments, the train will duck under the Titan Parkway road overpass. © 2018  Mike Harriman

The UP's C&NW heritage unit


Union Pacific 1995, Chicago & Northwestern Heritage unit, led Roseville, California, to North Platte, Nebraska, train up Archer Hill east of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sidney Subdivision November 8, 2018.  © 2018  Chip

Waiting for clearance


On November 9, Mike Harriman saw this southbound BNSF manifest waiting for MOW work to be completed at Littleton . The power is  BNSF 6328 leading, CEFX 1042  the blue unit, and BNSF 4000. © 2018  Mike Harriman

Pictures from Durango

The Heritage RailFall Conference special whistles for the Shalona Crossing north of Durango. © 2018 Jerry B. Day

The Heritage RailFall Conference ran a special on the Durango & Silverton November 5th, The train was powered by K-36 number 482 with concession car 212, coach San Juan, glass top car Sky Knight, and parlor cars B2 Cinco Animas, and B3 Nomad. Train was all red except for the 212.

Riders on the Heritage RailFall Conference special enjoy the rear platform of the B3 Nomad parlor car. © 2018 Jerry B. Day
Southern Pacific narrow gauge 4-6-0 number 18 arrives at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad yard. The #18 is from the Eastern California Museum located in Independence, CA, arriving November 3rd. The engine was unloaded on a ramp constructed by the shop crew. The engine will run on the D&S until next June. It will be used to train D&S engine crews on oil fired engines and will be used for D&S crew training. 208  © Jerry B. Day D&S diesel number 1 uses a former D&RGW 6500 series flat car to move the SP 18 off the truck. November 3, 2018. 2018 © Jerry B. Day

Tunnel motors in Limon

A pair of ex SP tunnel motors lay over in Limón during the weekend of November 3-4. ©2018 LimonRail The equipment in the background belongs to the museum but the wedge plow looks like it's ready for this winter. ©2018 LimonRail

A KCS visitor to Denver

KCS 4162 on North Yard Siding going into North Yard, Denver, 12:10 PM, November 2, 2018. 2018 © Chip KCS 4162 pulled into UP’s North Yard, Denver, CO, about 1:00 PM, Friday, November 2, 2018 near 48th Street overpass. KCS 4162 on North Yard track one. UP main on right. Savage Mine, Utah, coal load destined for Memphis, Tennessee. 2018 © Chip

Along RTD's G Line in Arvada

RTD test train was westbound near the Olde Town station  © 2018 Dave Schaaf
Eastbound BNSF beer run and RTD test train at Old Town Arvada Station at mid-day on 1 Nov 2018.  2018 ©  Dave Schaaf

The Joint Line after a snowfall

Tim Tonge was out to take some pictures after the very short lasting fresh snow, Oct 31, 2018. All shots  were taken in the Castle Rock area. 4 pictures  © 2018 Tim Tonge 

Reflections at Palmer Lake

BNSF 8416: Palmer Lake, Colorado, November 1, 2018, 8:40 AM Coal empty E DOCBTM-007 to Black Thunder Mine, Wyoming. ©2018 Chip
Calm water November 1, 2018 at Palmer Lake, CO.  Northbound BNSF 4659 on Clovis, NM, to Denver, CO, train S CLODEN1-31.  Train had intermodal doublestacks and on the rear 14-auto racks for Big Lift.  ©2018 Chip.

On the Joint Line


On 20 October 2018, BNSF 9100 leads a faded H2 MAC and a string of empty coal hoppers north through the Greenland Open Space in Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

MK units on G&W eat of Limon


Kyle leaves Limon to begin the climb to Genoa. The cow birds make an irrelevant fan sideline. ©2018 LimonRail

Two pictures of interest

BNSF's 31st Street Yard Office and Tower are undergoing renovation work September & October 2018. October 25, 2018 at Denver, Colorado. ©2018 Chip 5565 GP38-2 joined the BNSF locomotive fleet in Colorado. She's likely based out of Longmont, Colorado. October 25, 2018 at Denver, Colorado.  ©2018 Chip

Two Heritage painted locomotive on the move to a new home

Former Pan Am Heritage units now RPCX 77 and RPCX 52. The 77 is in Boston and Maine heritage paint and the 52 is in Maine Central paint. Both ex-Boston & Maine GP9s were headed to Utah via BNSF. Heber Valley RR has purchased the GP9’s-no rail connection - they will be moved via highway for thelast leg of their journey. BNSF’s Lincoln, NE, to Denver, CO, moved the units dead in transit past Keenesburg, CO, October 28, 2018. ©2018 Chip

A "monster" empty coal train

David Grothe was trackside to catch this "monster" coal train with Two ACes for lead power. ©2018 David Grothe Mid train power was ACe, SD70MAC, ACe, ACe. ©2018 David Grothe
This was two coal trains combined into one huge one.  
ACe, SD70MAC for rear power. ©2018 David Grothe

An old Santa Fe GP-30


SW 2422 on Denver to Laurel, Montana, train H DENLAU backed across South Platte River 9:05 AM at BNSF's 31st Street Yard, Denver.  ©2018 Chip

MK power at work in Limon on a rainy day


MK ex Utah Railroad power is switching in Limon and the G&W ex Kyle Railroad ©2018 Limonrail

A colorful visitor on The Moffat Sub

UP 1988 leads an eastbound coal load around the bend toward a clear intermediate signal west of Center Bond where the Craig Branch joins with the mainline. ©2018 Kevin Morgan UP 1988, the "Miss Katy" unit, looks out of place in the Colorado High Country! MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas, the railroad that Katy represents) was a plains railroad. Not many grades to found compared to here at Kremmling. ©2018 Kevin Morgan
The eastbound Zephyr is making its way through the siding at Tabernash around an eastbound coal load with UP 1988 on the point. With the sun moving into the western sky, the light is just perfect near the east end of Tabernash. ©2018 Kevin Morgan Coming past the Fraser depot, UP 1988 is rolling east at about 12 MPH. With four units and 78 cars, the train is probably right around 2.0 HPT, which is about the bare minimum to crawl up the 2% grade coming up between Fraser and Winter Park. ©2018 Kevin Morgan

On the Joint Line


A work train splits the grade crossing at first sunrise in Castle Rock.  ©2018 Mike Harriman

Boxcar art

There has been some interesting graffiti art showing up on the Kyle lately from Balcones Recycling. The Santa Claus car was painted for Balcones and is slowly being overwritten by graffitti. The other two cars are painted probably by someone associated with Balcones. The car in Limon has the Balcones Recycling logo painted on the car. The other has Plains Capital Bank which is located in the same area as Balcones in the Dallas-Austin, Texas area. The art of all three cars is associated with recycling.

Photo 1 ATW 95096 Colby, Kansas, October 19,2018.
Photo 2 ATW 95112 Limon, Colorado, October 1, 2018.
Photo 3 ATW 95089 Colby, Kansas, October 19, 2018.
3 pictures  ©2018 Larry Dilts 

On the Joint Line

On October 18, Mike Harriman caught a loaded coal train passing a work train at the Littleton Trench. Then a NB BNSF stack train, followed closely by a (nearly) UP unit “waste train” not sure what to call these yet! 3 pictures  ©2018 Mike Harriman 

On the Moffat Sub

Sunshine met UP 1943 East passenger special and westbound Union Pacific coal empty with KCS 4600 on Tolland Siding, CO, October 11, 2018 ©2018 Chip Union Pacific's 1943 ­ Spirit of the Union Pacific ­ honoring veterans unit led 17-car passenger special from Grand Junction, Colorado, to Denver October 11, 2018.  Train encountered fog on the Front Range as it passed Blue Mountain Drive in Coal Creek Canyon. ©2018 Chip
UP 1943 East passenger special had dome lounge named Harriman.  Coal Creek Canyon, CO, October 11, 2018. ©2018 Chip Union Pacific's track inspection car Idaho was on eastbound 17-car passenger special October 11, 2018 at Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado. ©2018 Chip

On the Joint  Line

Matt Adamski was able to get trackside for the first time in quite a while Saturday, October 13. He  decided to chase an ACe led coal load and see what fall color I could find and made it from Littleton to Larkspur. 3 pictures ©2018 Matt Adamski 

Bad weather can yield great pictures.

On a rainy October 7, Alan Schenkel caught a northbound CENCHE? on the BNSF Front Range Sub along with a couple of  other trains  ©2018 Alan Schenkel A Blade train at Fort Collins North yard, BNSF Front Range Sub. ©2018 Alan Schenkel
A Sand train at Fort Collins North yard, BNSF Front Range Sub. ©2018 Alan Schenkel The Sand train meets the blade train at Fort Collins North yard, BNSF Front Range Sub. ©2018 Alan Schenkel

A couple of action shots on the Moffatt Sub.

On a soggy Tuesday October 9th, Mike Harriman set out in the morning to watch a late Amtrak #5 leave Denver, seen here near 66th Ave.  ©2018 Mike Harriman

 

Not long after, and empty coal bucket followed Amtrak with interesting power. Leading was UP 5450, former atsf Warbonnet SD75, now PPLX #217, and csx dark future #565. Colorful consist for an overcast day. ©2018 Mike Harriman

Some artifacts from abandoned railroads

South of Kit Carson, Colorado some of the grade of the Arkansas Valley Railway is still visible. The Arkansas Valley Railway was one of Colorado's first railroads and the first to abandon surviving less than 10 years. ©2018 Larry Dilts
In Kit Carson is the abandoned pump house and well house built in 1870. Used by the Kansas Pacific and Arkansas Valley Railway, it is the oldest surviving railroad structure in Colorado. It is north of the Union Pacific's Kansas Pacific mainline. ©2018 Larry Dilts In Wallace, Kansas is the former Kansas Pacific superintendents office. It is one of the few remaining Kansas Pacific structures in Kansas. ©2018 Larry Dilts

A blue CN locomotive on the Joint Line

Mike Harriman caught a PPL passing a BNSF train with a  "blue devil” CN, sublettered for Illinois Central, locomotive.  ©2018 Mike Harriman

315 at Chama


Denver & Rio Grande Western RR lettered 315 owned and operated by Durango Railroad Historical Society took on water at Chama, NM, September 30, 2018. The 315 is stabled at Chama, NM, for occasional operation on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR. 315 to remain at C&TS until 2022. Friends of the C&TS operated photo freight(s) late September and early October 2018 with the 315. C&TS uses ex-DRGW Mikados, class K-36, on their passenger runs. ©2018 Chip

After a very successful 2017 season running on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Durango Railroad Historical Society (DRHS), owners of the restored ex-DRGW C-18, #315 and the C&TS announced that the locomotive will remain on C&TS for the next five years until the end of the 2022 season. In 2022 the 315 will be due for its 15-year Federal Railroad Administration major inspection. C&TS has offered to carry out this task and the DRHS have agreed to contract them to do so with help from some of the 315’s regular maintenance crew. (Info courtesy Durango RR Historical Society)

A new rail served industry in Colorado Springs


A new business (Savage Transload Facility) has opened in the Kelker yards on the south side of Colorado Springs. This is where the Fort Carson Railway interchanges with both the BNSF and UP. According to Train Order Board, the containers are gold concentrate from Cripple Creek, however, Savage's hiring announcement says they are hiring a worker to unload railcars to trucks. Either way, something is being transloaded.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

An historic water tower


Abandoned DRGW water tank at Tres Piedras, NM, October 1, 2018. The Chili Line was officially known as the Santa Fe Branch. Its nickname has been attributed to its freight, which prominently featured New Mexico chile peppers.

The Chili Line, officially known as the Santa Fe Branch, was a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW). It ran 125.6 miles (202.1 km) from Antonito, Colorado, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Denver and Rio Grande Railway (D&RG) began construction of the line in 1880.

Despite some local outcry and national media attention the railway was completely dismantled in 1942. (Historical info courtesy Wikipedia)  ©2018 Chip

Some Kansas activity

Nothing has changed on the Towner line since the Colorado Pacific purchased the line from V&S other than the deep well flats west of Crowley, Colorado, have all been removed. At Towner, Colorado, however there is some activity at the Bartlett grain elevator. They are adding more storage capacity which should be good for Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad to the east. Towner is the end of the line for the K&O. There are two Trackmobiles at the elevator. I don't know if one is being replaced or transferred. Both seem to be in use. If and when the Towner line opens once again, this may be good business for shipping grain to the west. ©2018 Larry Dilts

In Sharon Springs, Kansas is a former BNSF SD40-2 acquired by United Plains Ag. Apparently CHS has purchased the United Plains AG elevator and have letter the unit CHS ©2018 Larry Dilts

Amtrak announces Ski Train schedule and ticket prices (Amtrak website)

Amtrak has announced Early Bird price of $29/one way on select departures.  All other tickets are priced at $39, $49 and then $59 respectively. Pricing is subject to availability and only a limited number of seats are available for each train and each price level.. All other tickets will still be priced at $39, $49 and $59.

Service will begin service on Friday, Jan. 4 and will run for 32 round-trips through March 31. The train departs Union Station at 7 a.m.,  arriving at Winter Park at approximately 9 a.m., return will be at 4:30 p.m. with arrival at Denver at 6:40 p.m. Photos ©2018 Walter Weart

C&S 1006 undergoing restoration

On the Rocky Club trip to the GLRR, we also took some time to look at the progress on restoring C&S 1006 at the city shops in Silver Plume. There was much deterioration so the car is being extensively rebuilt.   ©2018 Larry Dilts

On the Bush Sub

BNSF 9221 leads a coal empty across the S Platte River, on the BNSF Brush Sub, at Union, CO.  This is the second location that the BNSF crosses the S Platte River on the Brush Sub, the first at the east end of 33rd street yard. ©2018 Tim Tonge

On the Joint Line


On 10 Sept., 2018 BNSF 8441 leads a southbound coal train over the old DRGW bridge over Hwy 105 in Monument, CO.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus


Some help from the NS on the Joint Line


On 10 Sep 2018, BNSF 8431 leads an eastern visitor and a coal train through the S-curve just south of Monument, CO.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

The power on the PPL (Pikes Peak Local)


On Tue, 11 Sep 2018 The PPL had a green GP39-2 and H1 SD40-2 and 6 cars.  ©2018 David Sheppard

The view at Silver Plume


The engine crew is getting steam up in the 111 to prepare for the day's runs while the Shay gets the day off. While diesel 140 is here, sister 130 is helping out as a really useful engine with Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Railroad Museum . ©2018 Susie Weart

From Rocky's GLRR September 8 trip

The Rocky Mountain Railroad Club excursion September 8, 2018 was very successful with a number of excellent photo runbys. Thanks to the club for arranging this excursion. ©2018 Larry Dilts
The famous over and under shot. ©2018 Larry Dilts
The bridge at the Lebanon Mine stop. ©2018 Larry Dilts GLRR 11 and Westside Lumber 9 sit side by side at the Silver Plume engine house. September 7, 2018 ©2018 Larry Dilts

Some shots from Kansas

The Calhan, Colorado station has been repainted. A former RI caboose and C&S coach are now at the Calhan depot site. ©2018 Larry Dilts Northern Ag (Formerly Cargill) acquired a Shuttlewagon for their west elevator in Limon, Colorado. ©2018 Larry Dilts
UP westbound local crosses a bridge west of Deer Trail, Colorado.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

A Canadian visitor


4:05 PM September 12, 2018-S. Denver-Canadian National 2306 & Progress Rail 629 S. Main track one headed to Eagle Pass, Texas via joint Line-NS 7588 rear DPU-! ©2018  Chip

An interesting train on the Joint Line


On 9 Sept, 2018 not the most common of sights as BNSF 8470 leads a FerroMex unit and a windmill tube train north up the Palmer Divide as it enters Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

A PV passes through Denver


 On Sept. 9, Michael Harriman headed down to Union Station. Amtrak # 5 was just backing in and hooked onto private business car "Chapel Hill" which spent the night after being dropped of on Saturday morning by #5. Interesting portrait of our first president as a drumhead!  ©2018 Michael Harriman

A Canadian visitor


Westbound Canadian National 2306 West of Strasburg, CO, Sunday, September, 9, 2018. Union Pacific empty unit coal train on UP's Limon Subdivision. Second unit is a Progress Rail 629 lessor, ex-CSXT 629. ©2018 Chip

A really useful engine arrives at the Museum

Thomas will get some help from Georgetown Loop 130. This must be a really nice diesel as the ones on the TV program are mean and pick on Thomas. ©2018 Susie Weart Here's an interesting arrangement of locomotives. The 130 is probably a better choice to help Thomas than the Tunnel Motor ©2018 Susie Weart

An NS Heritage locomotive visits Cheyenne


Union Pacific 4625 East moved NS 1066-New York Central Heritage unit-power to the North Platte train September 6, 2018 at Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

A neat switch engine


Watco Swan Ranch Railroad 4155 freshly painted 2018. The SD40T-2 started life as a Denver & Rio Grande Western RR tunnel motor. Southwest of Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 6, 2018. Swan Ranch RR lettering all applied by August 2018. ©2018 Chip

THe Tunnel Motor move from Coors to the Museum

Below are the links the drone footage and the TV coverage.

Rich Kuberski Drone Video

https://youtu.be/Arb6nDeIp2E

KUSA-TV (9news)

https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/next/train-slowly-very-slowly-makes-one-mile-trip-to-colorado-railroad-museum/73-586705004

KCNC-TV (4 News)

https://denver.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kcnctv/3922135-historic-locomotive-moved-from-coors-brewery-to-permanent-home/ 

KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV (Fox 31 & WB Ch 2)

https://kdvr.com/2018/08/22/historic-move-for-locomotive-in-golden/ 

KMGH-TV (Channel 7)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFfaBYsb9o 

Denver Post

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/08/23/tunnel-motor-locomotive-colorado-railroad-museum-golden/ 

On the Joint Line around Colorado Springs

Over Labor Day weekend, Alan Schenkel was in the Colorado Springs area and shared some of his pictures  This photograph is at Palmer Lake and not only shows the coal train but how housing development is occurring in that area. ©2018 Alan Schenkel  A loaded coal train head south passing the local which still has a Ro Grande caboose. ©2018 Alan Schenkel 
Coal train passes the Colorado Springs Depot and the local's switch engine. The second unit is still in one of the earlier BNSF paint schemes. ©2018 Alan Schenkel  This caboose looks really good and it's graffiti free on top of that. ©2018 Alan Schenkel 

A very late running Amtrak #5


On Sunday September 2, 2018, Amtrak #5 was running about 7 1/2 hours late into Denver. I caught the train passing by Leyden headed into the afternoon sun at 4:02 pm. Further up the hill at Pinecliffe, the train met it’s on time counterpart #6. ©2018 Michael Harriman

Commuter cars on the move


BNSF 6275 unit Stadler commuter 4-Car train-Salt Lake City, Utah-Fort Worth, Texas, passed South Broadway at Denver 3:10 PM August 29, 2018- Southbound Joint Line train! ©2018 Chip

A tunnel motor moving to the Colorado Railroad Museum August 23

Not a sight you see every day! A Rio Grande SD40T-2 on BNSF rails in Golden, CO. BNSF is moving DRGW 5401 from the Coors Brewery to the Colorado Railroad Museum, just a few miles away. Note the "M" on the mountain in the distance, representing the Colorado School of Mines.  ©2018 Colorado Railfan About an hour after leaving the rails at the 44th Avenue grade crossing, Hulcher Services has DRGW 5401 hoisted back up off the panel track and is starting to roll west toward the entrance to the Colorado Railroad Museum.  ©2018 Colorado Railfan
Four cranes from Hulcher Services have the nearly 200-ton Tunnel Motor suspended above 44th Avenue and are slowly rolling west toward the Colorado Railroad Museum.  ©2018 Colorado Railfan As Hulcher Services works to transport DRGW 5401 west on 44th Avenue, it was not only incredible seeing it suspended off the ground, but it was amazing see it lightly rock back and forth as the cranes slowly rolled down the road. A few shrubs got a bit of a beating on the right side of the road!  ©2018 Colorado Railfan
Hulcher Service cranes lift the back of DRGW 5401 up high enough to ensure that the trucks will clear the temporary panel track laid across 44th Avenue. Once over the panel track, the cranes will lower back of the Tunnel Motor down to the rails. Not a bad match between the Grande Gold of the fly letters and the center stripe of 44th Avenue!  ©2018 Colorado Railfan DRGW 5401 is almost through the gates of the Colorado Railroad Museum. Took the opportunity to grab a shot of a "Rough Road" sign that the City of Golden put up 5 minutes before I took this picture. Moving a near 200-ton engine isn't exactly kind to an asphalt road. Drivers along 44th Avenue will experience some bumps for a couple of days.  ©2018 Colorado Railfan
A small hole in the trees from Easley Road (north of the museum) revealed a very decent shot of DRGW 5401 as crews work to bring it in through the gates. The Tunnel Motor is reaching the north end of the (temporary) panel track, and the Hulcher Service cranes are moving in to position to lift the unit up once more in order to spot it on the museum track.  ©2018 Colorado Railfan The 5401 is now in its new home next to another D&RGW veteran.  ©2018 Walter Weart

Servicing the 476 on the D&S

A flash flood on July 24th washed out the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks between Hermosa and Rockwood on the 2.5% grade north of Durango. Two trains and four locomotives were stranded north of the washout. The D&S instituted a schedule of running two trains a day from Rockwood to Silverton and return with passengers being bused from Durango. The D&S shop forces and crews have been forced to service the locomotives outside. These photos show K-28 2-8-2 number 476 being serviced on August 21st.   3 photos ©2018 Jerry Day

491 back in service


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91 is back in service. Thanks to our friends at the Durango & Silverton who made her new valve rings, and reprofiled one tender wheel set. To work in the new valves we ran her Saturday with a short mixed train consisting of a tank car, boxcar, 2 rider cars and coach 284. 491 is also 90 years old this month. ©2018 Jeff Taylor


In preparation for the Tunnel Motor move


Hulcher Services http://hulcher.com/ to prepare for the move of the D&RGW SD4OT-2 tunnel motor from Coors to the Colorado Railroad Museum, has gathered an impressive array of specialized equipment. It was renumbered to 9871 by the Union Pacific. The entire area ,including 44th St. ,is closed to the public during this move. ©2018 Walter Weart

At Palmer Lake


On 12 August, 2018, a pair of ACes hauls a coal empty up the final few feet of the Palmer Divide in Palmer Lake, CO on a picture-perfect summer morning. 

An Officer's  Special on the Joint Line

On 20 August, 2018,  David Grothe photographed this Officer's Special train heading south at Tomah Road. 3  pictures ©2018 David Grothe

On the Brush Sub

Shortly before sunset, BNSF 9183 leads an eastbound coal empty at Roggen, CO, on Aug 13, 2018, on the BNSF Brush Sub.  Timothy Tonge

BNSF 3839 leads a westbound Z train at Keenesburg, CO, on the Keenesburg Curve.  Aug 12, 2018. ©2018 Timothy Tonge

BNSF 5728 leads a coal load west between Crest and Roggen, on the BNSF Brush Sub.  Aug 13, 2018. ©2018 Timothy Tonge Shortly before sunset, BNSF 9183 leads an eastbound coal empty at Roggen, CO, on Aug 13, 2018, on the BNSF Brush Sub.  ©2018 Timothy Tonge
BNSF 6900 leads a short westbound manifest train at Keenesburg, CO, on the Keenesburg Curve.  Aug 12, 2018. ©2018 Timothy Tonge

On the Joint Line

11 August, 2018  BNSF 8488 leads a CitiRail leaser and loaded coal south through the S-curve near Monument, CO. Awhile ago, Chris  mentioned that soon the background in this angle would be changing. Well, soon has arrived and now there's a housing development up and running west of the Joint Line. Progress? 

A welded rail train on the Moffat Sub.

On August 12, I saw this welded rail train sitting in Arvada just to the east of Marshall Street. There was also a ballast train parked behind this one but I could not get a picture as the locomotives were under the Sheraton overpass.  ©2018 Walter Weart

An interesting video from a member.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/20L4sDdTBtKth  Hope you enjoy.

Some interesting pictures from Kansas

K&O 3924 and 3923 were parked on a short spur on the east end of the BNSF yards. Attached to the rear of the train was a shoving platform still lettered for the Burlington Northern and sporting its BN number 12301. ©2018 Larry Dilts BNSF 1648 and 1773 were in the BNSF yards still painted in AT&SF paint although renumbered. ©2018 Larry Dilts
ADM Milling next to the Union Pacific mainline uses a trackmobile to move cars through their facility. ©2018 Larry Dilts


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