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This page shows interesting railroad happenings as well as breaking railroad news.   Check it often as you may learn the location or schedule of some interesting equipment in time to go out and get some great photographs! If you do go photo 'fanning, please share your pictures with and contact News Page Webmaster Wally Weart.

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The latest in motive power

Wabtec / General Electric GECX 2012, ES44AC, with natural gas container car GECX 3100 was at Union Pacificís North Yard, Denver, CO, August 7, 2020. The 2012 had been modified to burn natural gas. This set was headed to the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad by way of Walsenburg, CO. UP 1865, SD40N, was a remote control job working North Yard. ©2020 Chip

RGS 20 Weekend at the Colorado Railroad Museum

A series of picture by Eric Lindgren taken during the RGS 20 Celebration weekend August 1 and 2   All pictures ©2020 Erik Lindgren
Dennis Haefele shot these pictures during the RGS 20 Celebration weekend  ©2020 Dennis Haefele

Action on the UP

Union Pacific hustles PCBDV 27 with number 4222 on the point at Lasalle, CO on July 27th 2020. 92 degrees and dry fields and sunflowers are a stark contrast from the Colorado high country this train will travel tomorrow. ©2020 Erik Lindgren PCBDV 27 near Fort Luptin 7/28/20. ©2020 Erik Lindgren
Maintenance train works eastbound out of tunnel 9 through daylighted tunnel 8 on a vibrant summer morning deep in the tunnel district of the Moffat Road. ©2020 Erik Lindgren

On the Joint Line

On 18 July, 2020 Another eastern visitor in the form of CSXT 712 leads a southbound tube empty through the s-curve in Monument., CO. ©2020 Chris Paulhamus


On 15 July 2020, BNSF 5787 descends off the Palmer Divide in Palmer Lake, CO with a short geometry train bound for El Paso,,.©2020 Chris Paulhamus


On 19 July, 2020 BNSF 9239 leads a light power move south as seen from the North Gate Bridge on the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.  ©2020 Chris Paulhamus

Scroll down for video of RGS 20 on a shakedown run

RGS 20 at the museum

Engine #20 has been under restoration for more than a decade. Celebration weekend at the Colorado RR Museum is on August 1-2 in Golden, Colorado. This locomotive was purchased from the Rio Grande Southern by the Rocky Mountain RR Club in 1952 at a court-administered sale.  ©2020  Images by Dave Schaaf

UP delivers coal to the Nixon power plant near Colorado Springs

The sequence start with arrival at N. Nixon and then a broad-side view with the plant in the distance. Note that the next following shot, where you can see the rear of the train in the distance, is the exact opposite vie of the previous broadside. The train then climbs the grade around the earlobe up and over I-25 and Track 1 and then enters into the plant going clockwise around the balloon. Lastly we see the DPU's.  ©2020 Scott J. Whitney

A meet at the Hall Tunnel passing siding on the Georgetown Loop

On July 18, the Georgetown Loop was running two trains, one with the 40 and the other with diesel 130. These trains met each trip at the Hall Tunnel Passing Siding making for some interesting photography opportunities. With social distancing the capacities of each train were probably cut in half so by running two trains they could accommodate the passengers. Wally Weart

On Klye Railroad

Kyle Railroad operated their two Utah Railway lettered MK50-3 units in eastern Colorado July 11-14 2020. Train was just east of Stratton, CO. Utah Railway 5003 and 5002 were noted July 12th on the Goodland, Kansas, to Limon, CO, train. ©2020 Chip

On the Moffat Sub

Tunnel #7, scared, stained, and sans a concrete portal reveal its venerable steam era history in the morning sun along the Moffat Road. #9771 an EMD SD70MACe, another veteran in modern times handles the HPVODEN1 handily through the tunnel district with some GE friends high above Boulder County on Eldorado Mountain.
©2020 Erik Lindgren

RGS 20 is back in service

On July 10 ,RGS 20 was under steam and operating around the loop. As you can see from the pictures, the locomotive looks absolutely perfect and seems to run as well as it looks. The formal dedication will be Saturday, August 1. I'm sure that the 20 will be hauling a great consist and well worth a visit to see this veteran in action again. ©2020 Wally Weart

Click on the link   Video of 20 in service  when the pop up window opens, "click" on "Open", when the blue panel pops up, "click" on the icon and the video will play. When finished, "click" on the "x" in the upper right corner to close the panel.


On the Joint Line

BNSF 5902 leads a northbound coal empty through and out of Palmer Lake, CO. (Ed note: There several cars of cement tines set out for the MOW crews)  ©2020
Chris Paulhamus

In Silver Plume

1934 arrives in Silver Plume with Noon train on July 9. ©2020 Wally Weart 40 and 111 are undergoing service for the weekend  ©2020 Wally Weart

On the Joint Line (Not all FedEx freight moves on Purple airplanes)

BNSF 6707 leads the B-DENLAC (empty trailers and containers) south through the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.  Chris Paulhamus

Under stormy skies

July 4th Stormy night on Barr Lake   ©2020 Erik Lindgren

On the Joint Line

Chris was Greenland saw this coal train. passing a old GMC truck and the John Deere tractor:  ©2020 Chris Paulhamus On July 4 , MNYPU had three locomotives with flags  which Chris photographed in the S-curve near Monument   ©2020 Chris Paulhamus

New track in Como

Denny Leonard shot this June 21 at Como 

New power for the White Pass & Yukon

The new locomotives will replace the railway's aging fleet of locomotives from the 1960s and were  built by National Railway Equipment Company in Mount Vernon, Ill.  Mark Taylor, superintendent of operations for White Pass & Yukon Route, says the 3,000-horsepower will provide power for longer trains. "We were lucky enough to coordinate with some narrow-gauge locomotives being built for Australia, so we tacked on to their order," said Taylor. The new engines are not cheap, coming in at around at $2.5 million each.



A Siemens SC-44 Charger in Amtrak Cascades paint

Chris was at Woodmen Road to get my shot;and saw a Phase 2 UP SD70M with a brand-new Siemens SC-44 Charger in Amtrak Cascades paint:
This was headed to the TTCI in Pueblo but these units have been in service with Amtrak Cascades for a while now.  
©2020 Chris Paulhamus

Something different in the sky

While Matt was waiting on a southbound earthworm and a couple of coal loads, He was pleasantly surprised by the Colorado Army National Guard conducting fire bucket training at Chatfield Reservoir. Two UH-60M Blackhawks and a UH-72 Lakota provided nice shooting opportunities with the southbound BNSF Trains. ©2020 Matt Adamski

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