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A PV repositioned at Forney


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

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

D&RGW equipment moved to Forney Museum

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

The Joint Line in the snow

BNSF 7335 leads a southbound manifest through the wintry, hoar frost'y scene on the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus UP 2468 leads the southbound MNYPU (North Yard (Denver) - Pueblo, CO) out of Palmer Lake, CO and through some post-storm beauty. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus
BNSF 6370 leads a northbound coal empty through Palmer Lake, CO during the first snow storm of the 2017-2018 season to hit the Pikes Peak Region. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus BNSF 3845 leads a pair of KCS Belles and a long manifest south through the winter wonderland of Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

 

 

On the Joint Line


On 9 Feb, 2018 BNSF 8549 leads a Wagon Wheel MAC south down the Palmer Divide as they descend out of Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus 

Private vehicles in Denver

Private varnish (PV) Silver Solarium action on UP's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. PV Silver Solarium, Vista-dome Sleeper Lounge Dome Diner built in 1948 by the Budd Manufacturing Company for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q). Silver Solarium was one of six dome/sleeper/observation cars specifically built for the California Zephyr. Operating between Chicago and San Francisco, CA, for over 20 years, the car provided an elegant end to an elegant train. In May 1971 ownership of the car transferred to Amtrak and the car was retired in 1980. Put in storage by Amtrak, time and the elements soon took their toll on this once magnificent car. Vandals broke out windows, nature began to reclaim what once belong to her as trees and mushrooms took root in the once elegant lounge. A new life for this once grand car awaited just around the corner when Amtrak sold her to a private owner. Several years later, all new mechanical systems and a lot of elbow grease, the grand lady of the California Zephyr was reborn. California Zephyr Railcar Charters PV in the snow on Amtrak train 6, the California Zephyr at Winter Park/Fraser, Colorado, station stop. ©2018 Chip PV’s came off at Denver, CO, for weekend stay.  They depart on Amtrak train 5 Monday, February 5, 2018 back to California. ©2018 Chip
Private varnish (PV) Silver Solarium action; UP Moffat Tunnel Subdivision.  PV Silver Solarium, Vista-dome Sleeper Lounge Dome Diner built in 1948 by the Budd Manufacturing Company for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q).  Silver Solarium was one of six dome/sleeper/observation cars specifically built for the California Zephyr.  Operating between Chicago and San Francisco, CA, for over 20 years, the car provided an elegant end to an elegant train.  In May 1971 ownership of the car transferred to Amtrak and the car was retired in 1980.  Put in storage by Amtrak, time and the elements soon took their toll on this once magnificent car. Vandals broke out windows, nature began to reclaim what once belong to her as trees and mushrooms took root in the once elegant lounge. A new life for this once grand car awaited just around the corner when Amtrak sold her to a private owner. Several years later, all new mechanical systems and a lot of elbow grease, the grand lady of the California Zephyr was reborn.  California Zephyr Railcar Charters PV's in the snow on Amtrak train 6, the California Zephyr.  Other car is Silver Rapids sleeper. ©2018 Chip
 

 

Interesting activity in Colorado

Amtrak137, P42DC, on train 963Chicago, IL to Avondale, CO (TTC). Right Amtrak9 on the Southwest Chief during an on time stop. The thrid unit was IDOT 4617, SC-44, BNSF's Boise City Dub,La Junta, CO February 1, 2018.  ©2018 Chip
Left; Amtrak train 963 Chicago, IL, to Avondale, Colorado. The Talgo train set is the ex-Wisconsin train set going to the Transportation Technology Center.  Right-Amtrak 9 on Amtrak train 3, the Southwest Chief arriving La Junta, CO, February 1, 2018.  Photo by Chip

Talgo train set backgound; Under Gov. Jim Doyle and a Democrat-controlled Legislature, the state agreed in 2009 to a no-bid contract to buy two train sets from Talgo for Amtrak's Milwaukee-Chicago service for $47.5 million, as well as additional trains for a planned Madison-Milwaukee high-speed rail line.

Wisconsin won an $810 million federal stimulus grant to build the high-speed rail line. But Gov. Scott Walker was elected in 2010 after vowing to cancel the Milwaukee-Madison project, saying its operating expenses would be too high for state taxpayers. The federal government later canceled the grant.

Meanwhile, a contract dispute occurred between Talgo and the state over the Milwaukee-Chicago trains.

In 2015, Talgo's lawsuit against the state was settled. Wisconsin taxpayers paid Talgo roughly $50 million, with the company also keeping the two trains.  (info courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 14 July 2017)
 ©2018 Chip
Amtrak passenger action on UP's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. Amtrak 184, P42DC Phase IV scheme, led train 5 the California Zephyr west of Granby, Colorado, February 2, 2018. .

On the Joint Line


On 28 Jan, 2018,  a pair of ACes leads a northbound coal empty by the namesake lake in Palmer Lake, CO. The snow is left over from the week prior.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus 

News from Kansas

On January 26, 2018, at Tribune, Kansas were two fallen flag covered hoppers. Conrail and Penn Central are not common fallen flags out in this part of the world. The cars are owned by RFMX (Caldwell-Baker Co. (Robert F. Miller).  ©2018 Larry D. Dilts
With the V&ST selling their line to KCVN under the name Colorado Pacific Railroad, I thought I would check to see if anything had changed yet. The only change I saw was several miles of stored container flats west of Olney Springs were removed. There are still about four miles of stored container flats between Olney Springs and Crowley. The V&ST's locomotive is still stored on the west side of Ordway. It cannot be moved until the stored cars to the west are removed or the burned bridge to the east near Haswell is rebuilt. The sale of the line was completed January 5, 2018. ©2018 Larry Dilts
On January 26, 2018 westbound K&O 4034, 4010, and 3838 were on the east side of Leoti, Kansas near the Seaboard Grain elevator. The train had just arrived from Scott City and was tieing up for the day. ADM and Seaboard both have large grain elevators in Leoti. Their sidings were filled with hoppers waiting for shipment east. ©2018 Larry Dilts

In Eastern Colorado


Cold night in Goodland with Kyle RR working Goodland Yard, January 24, 2018. ©2018 Chip


Kyle RR’s busiest Colorado elevator is the Seibert Equity Coop at Seibert, Colorado. Kyle RR Central Oregon & Pacific RR lettered 4075, SD40T-2, was covered in snow after snow drift busting trip from Goodland, Kansas, January 24 & 25, 2018. Kyle conductor Dalton talked with grain elevator employee. Note tractor used to move covered hoppers at right. January 25, 2018. ©2018 Chip

Stratton Depot along the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR line at Stratton, CO, January 25, 2018. First westbound train after January 21, 2018 snowstorm cleared drift on northwest side of abandoned depot. Kyle RR Central Oregon & Pacific RR (CORP lettered) 4075, SD40T-2, was clearing snow. Farmers and ranchers need more snowstorms in eastern Colorado! ©2018 Chip Kyle Railroad freight action along Kyle's Goodland Subdivision. CORP 4075, SD40T-2, was westbound with Kyle 6843 passed snow covered ranch land and horses along ex-Rock Island west of Stratton, CO. ©2018 Chip

Joint Line trains


On 21 Jan, 2018 BNSF 6370 leads a northbound coal empty through Palmer Lake, CO during the first snow storm of the 2017-2018 season to hit the Pikes Peak Region. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus 

Tim Tonge got two shots of the Pikes Peak local, looking good, at Tomah and Greenland. ©2017 Tim Tonge
A Q train is running wrong way at Castle Rock. ©2017 Tim Tonge

Ft.  Collins Action

Alan Schenkel photographed a Denver to Donkey Creek, WY stack train, apparently they'll be adding this to another train and sending it to Tacoma. ©2018 Alan Schenkel

News from Kansas

 
January 20, 2018, K&O (WAMX) 4010 and 4034 were parked on the old Santa Fe mainline on the east side of Scott City, Kansas. Both the old Santa Fe and the old Missouri Pacific yards were filled with grain hoppers. 4010 is a former CN GP40-2LW while 4034 is a GP40-3 last owned by HLCX. ©2018 Larry Dilts The track on the left is K&O's former MP mainline while the track on the right is the K&Os former Santa Fe branch mainline. The two railroads crossed twice in Scott City. The Santa Fe came up from Garden City, Kansas crossing the MP on the west side of town (now abandoned). It then turned east heading for Great Bend, Kansas. On the east side of town it crossed the MP once again. The MP headed northeast. This use to be the MP's Pueblo to Kansas City mainline. This line today ends at Healy, Kansas about 20 miles northeast of Scott City where it serves several grain elevators. The signals protecting the crossing are no longer in service but protected by a stop sign.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

Photo 573-72 With the shipping of canola seed to Colby, several different hoppers are showing up. SAMX has a number longer length 4 bay covered hoppers. I think these might be 60-65 foot length cars but the gross weight is only 263,000 pounds. Three bay hoppers are the norm with an occasional 4 bay hopper, but these longer cars are new for this area.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

On the Joint Line


On 14 Jan, 2018, BNSF 8994 leads a northbound coal empty up the grade in Palmer Lake, CO as seen from the famous railfan hump on the south side of town. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus 


On 14 Jan, 2018, BNSF 9336, a non-isolated cab'd ACe, and a GEVO are on the rear of a southbound coal train and are applying the dynamic brakes as the train descend off the Palmer Divide south of Palmer Lake, CO. ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

The two signal heads in either direction is because this signal is the approaching signal to a control point, Palmer Lake to the north and NE Monument to the south.  Since it is an approaching signal to those control points where a train can possibly take a diverging route off the mainline, these two signal heads act as an indication to the crew as to what route they are going to be taking, either the normal main to main route, or main to siding route.  In CTC applications these signals are referred to as "distant signals" or "approach signals". Explanation of courtesy of Frank Orona


David Sheppard shot the southbound manifest-Q taken from the Castle Rock Parkway bridge. This train was moving fast and had a DPU on the rear. ©2018 David Sheppard 

Kyle on the Plains

Kyle going through the dead signals of the former RI, at Mustang. ©2018  LimonRail Heading east on high plains. ©2018 LimonRail

Along the Royal Gorge Route

Cańon City & Royal Gorge Railroad, AKA The Royal Gorge Route, CRRX 403, F7A, and CRRX 1503, F7B, moved 5-car train west along the Arkansas River headed for the Royal Gorge and Parkdale, CO, January 12, 2018. Train was west of Cańon City, Colorado. ©2018 Chip CRRX 553 Buena Vista full dome repainted 2017 approached Parkdale, Colorado on UP’s Tennessee Pass Subdivision January 13, 2018. Arkansas River in foreground. ©2018 Chip
Royal Gorge Route, Canon City and Royal Gorge Railroad 4011, CRRX 4011 named Leah Jean, open air car/control cab for reverse moves noted at Parkdale, CO, January 12, 2018.  Leah Jean Ashby Greksa, 48, was born in Golden on Feb. 14, 1964, and died May 16, 2012, in Georgetown due to complications of a bone-marrow transplant following a diagnosis of a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  ©2018 Chip

Some help from a friend


NS7018 at OZ siding on the old Kansas Pacific mainline. It is an SD60E. Along with a number of internal upgrades to the locomotives, the NS built and applied these odd looking wide-nose cabs to their SD60 fleet. The unit was working on a UP grain train headed for Colby, Kansas January 9, 2018.  ©2018 Larry Dilts

Very interesting foreign power on the Joint Line


On 1 Jan, 2018, BNSF 7258 leads an eclectic mix of foreign power (the DPU was a Norfolk Southern GEVO) and a manifest through the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

Some action on the D&S

Durango & Silverton Polar Express Train crosses Main Street in Durango on its way to the North Pole (Event Park). December 30, 2017 © Jerry Durango & Silverton Polar Express Train rolls over the Animas River bridge in Durango. December 31, 2017 © Jerry B. Day
Durango & Silverton Winter Train passes the Hermosa water tank on its way to Cascade. January 4, 2018 © Jerry B. Day 

Rail-truck transfer


Cornerstone Ag is receiving small shipments of Canola grain from North Dakota. The hoppers are spotted on the siding at Cornerstone Ag's former Cooper elevator for loading into trucks. The trucks transport the grain to a dairy near Scott City, Kansas. Cornerstone Ag has a contract to haul the grain for the next nine months. ©2018 Larry Dilts

An update on 844 and 4014.

https://www.up.com/aboutup/community/inside_track/steam-update-01-03-2018.htm

Foreign power on the Joint Line

David Grothe spotted this train just outside of Castle Rock approaching Tomah Rd about 1250L. BNSF 7258, KCS 4174, FXE 4691, NS 8097. The power is a BNSF GEVO leader, KCS ACe and a FerroMex GEVO. DPU is a NS GEVO.  David Grothe

On the Joint Line


Not much was running on Saturday, but I managed to catch a northbound manifest in the last sliver of light illuminating Main 2 entering Larkspur.  ©2018 Chris Paulhamus

Wind power on the move


BNSF 6318 southbound unit wind  blade train to Garden City, Kansas, via Joint Line passed Littleton, Colorado, 3:30 PM, January 2, 2018  ©2018 Chip

Action in Arvada 

Westbound Denver RTD 2-car commuter rail train 4002 & 4001 testing on Gold Line at Arvada, Colorado, January 2, 2018. ©2018 Chip ©2018 Chip BNSF 5001 & 4555 East on 21-car Beer Run at Arvada, CO, 11:45 AM January 2, 2018. BNSF 5001 & 4555 East on 21-car Beer Run at Arvada, CO, 11:45 AM January 2, 2018. ©2018 Chip

KCS power helping out.


BNSF’s Denver to Laurel, Montana, train had KCS 3969 Southern Belle as 3rd unit. BNSF Front Range Subdivision December 31, 2017. Train passed new Denver RTD Pecos Junction Station... Denver RTD G line to Arvada, CO, will begin full schedule tests starting January 3, 2018.  ©2018 Chip

On the Kyle Railroad


Kyle RR manifest action on Kyle's Phillipsburg Subdivision. Kyle RR 9330, SD45T-2, and Utah Railway 5001 & 5002, MK50-3, westbound train was west of snow covered Phillipsburg, Kansas, Dec. 26, 2017. This portion of ex-Rock Island was known as Rock Island Subdivision No. 8; milepost 284.5 to milepost 424.3 at Goodland, Kansas. ©2017 Chip

Interesting power on the Joint Line.

On December 21, 2017 the Pikes Peak Local heading south at 1300 in Castle Rock with A B-40 for lead power, (Note: Note patched number on the lead unit)   ©2017 David Grothe

Coming at ya!


On 19 Dec, 2017, BNSF 8493 is climbing up the grade into Larkspur, CO with a load of coal destined for some power plant down south. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

Christmas Chicago style

While not a Colorado picture, having grown up in Chicago and ridden the "L" I had to share this picture of the CTA's Santa Train with Santa on the flat car. Courtesy Tarrell Colson Not to be outdone, Metra got with the season and wrapped in the locomotive and all the cars of a commuter train. Nothing says Merry Christmas like a wrapped locomotive. Courtesy Tarrell Colson
Action in Colorado Springs
On December 19, 2017, Larry caught the Colorado Springs local switching the industrial complex off Drennan Road on the north side of the mainline near Kelker. These pictures show UP 1370 spotting cars at the Bio Pappel International facility. They are in the business of collecting recycled materials for their paper plants in Mexico. Thompson lumber also unloads building products at this location. There are a number of industries that use rail service in the area, but they are all difficult to photograph due to accessibility issues. One interesting thing about this spur into Bio Pappel is it crosses the only diamond in Colorado Springs. (That I am aware of) ©2017 Larry Dilts
After completing switching UP 1376 reattached to its train for the trip back to downtown Colorado Springs. Notice the shoving platform. The shoving platform had been put out to pasture, but the UP once again requires the platform to be use where the crewman previously rode on the side of loaded flatcars. This is no longer permitted. ©2017 Larry Dilts The UP local picked up two units at Kelker before returning to Colorado Springs. The short five car train was crossing Sierra Madre which is one of three grade level crossings in Colorado Springs. ©2017 Larry Dilts
On December 20, 2017, the UP switched industries on the Templeton Gap Spur. UP 1370 was pulling a string of empties out of Foxworth Galbraith Lumber in Colorado Springs. The loaded flatcars were spotted on the remainder of the old AT&SF mainline north of Fillmore Street waiting to be moved into Foxworth Galbraith Lumber. The signal control box is interesting. Although the UP now services this track, the signal control box is still lettered for the BNSF and AT&SF mile marker 666.25. It is also interesting that Fillmore is spelled incorrectly. ©2017 Larry Dilts UP 1370 was shoving six empties down the old Rock Island mainline west of Beacon Street. ©2017 Larry Dilts

An unusual power combination


On 18 Dec, 2017, an unusual leader in the form of BNSF 8798 leads the southbound Pikes Peak Local through the Air Force Academy, CO in the waning moments of sunlight. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

On the Joint Line


On December 16, 2017 David Grothe photographed a Southbound auto rack train being assembled at Big Lift with BNSF and KCS southern belle for lead power ©2017  David Grothe 

A neat glint shot


Southwestern RR SD50’s moved via BNSF train out of Pueblo, CO, January 26, 2017. Units left to right; Southwestern RR 5103, 5102, 9861 ex-DRGW 5517 and 5111. BNSF 8037 up front east of Pueblo Airport. The Southwestern RR units were dropped off at Dodge City, Kansas. ©2017 Chip

V&S Colorado Pacific and the Towner Line

http://www.rockymtnrrclub.org/rmrrcnews/pictures/244834.pdf

Click here to read the final decision

An unusual visitor


BNSF 5254 North had BCOL 4620 rear DPU passed Utah Junction north of Denver, CO, December 10, 2017 on Front Range Subdivision. Unit frac sand train for Fort Collins, CO. ©2017 Chip

Empty autoracks on the move


On 2 December, BNSF 5315 leads a long string of empty autoracks south through Larkspur, CO. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

On the Kyle 


On December 4, 2017, Kyle (Utah) 5001 and Kyle 9345 were parked on the mainline on the east side of Colby airing up the brakes before proceeding west with 81 cars. ©2017 Larry Dilts

On the Joint Line

On 17 November Chris saw BNSF 9093 bringing a southbound coal train over the Palmer Divide in Palmer Lake, CO. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

 

On 25 Nov 17, BNSF 9093 leads a southbound coal load through downtown Colorado Springs, CO and by the old Rio Grande Depot. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

Some activity on the Great  Western

Santa wears sunglasses! Windsor Wonderland @ Windsor, Colorado, December 2, 2017. OmniTrax Great Western Railway business car Yellowstone #1. ©2017 Chip OmniTrax Great Western Railway was installing grade crossing signals on Eastman Park Drive near former Kodak Windsor Industrial Park December 2, 2017. Midsouth Railroad Services Ron Doremus doing the work. ©2017 Chip
OmniTrax Great Western Railway along Eastman Park Drive near former Kodak Windsor Industrial Park December 2, 2017. Windsor, Colorado.  ©2017 Chip

New power on its way to their new owner.


EPTA 901 Siemens ACS-64 & MARC 82 SC-44 at Denver, Colorado, December 4, 2017 sunrise. Setting moon over the eastbound UP train. Siemens new locomotives moved from California via Colorado to East St. Louis, Illinois and on to eastern commuter rail operations.©2017 Chip

Our local short line at work


Denver Rock Island RR 1083, SW1500, used lead across BNSF Jersey Line December 1, 2017 Denver’s Stockyards, Denver, Colorado. Denver Rock Island Railroad does serve several customers in the Denver Stockyard. ©2017 Chip

On the Joint Line


On 25 November, 2017 BNSF 9093 leads a southbound coal train through the Air Force Academy in Colorado as seen from the South Gate Bridge. This spot is directly over the north siding switch at Academy. The searchlights that used to stand guard here are gone, replaced with PTC-compliant signals, but at least the code line remains...for now.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

More foreign power helping out


BNSF Denver to Laurel MT; BNSF 4690, CSXT 5266  & KCS 4114 passed Broomfield, CO, 12:25 PM Thursday, November 30, 2017 moving north on Front Range Subdivision.  Chip ©2017

Foreign power on an oil train


On November 28, Kevin Morgan  photographed ta unit oil train with KCS power in the consist. Alas, the KCS units were 2nd and 3rd out and a BNSF SD70ACe was on the point. Still, the train looks mighty fine as it rolls east in between Rocky and Leyden (UP Moffat Tunnel Sub). Back in 2015, it seemed that oil trains might replace coal trains as the staple on the Moffat. However, that changed quickly when oil prices dropped. Now, one only shows up once every few months (at best). ©2017 Kevin Morgan

KCS power on the Local


On November 28, Tim Tonge caught the Pikes Peak Local with KCS power. This was the power from the military train a few days ago and added at Kelker. ©2017 Tim Tonge

A little engine and a Big train


A Trackmobile certainly has it's work cut out for it as it moves cars at a warehouse in Golden. ©2017 Walter Weart

CSX lends a hand


Eastbound Union Pacific coal load had CSX 3202 and 529 departing Denver, Colorado, November 28, 2017. Train on Kansas Pacific (UP Limon Subdivision). ©2017 Chip

A private owner locomotive


SSRX 605 works the Frontier Ag dry fertilizer facility located on the east side of Ginnell, Kansas. ©2017 Larry Dilts

Glenwood Springs museum to close on November 27(From Trains Newswire)

The Glenwood Railway Museum will close its doors permanently Nov. 27 after failing to renegotiate its expired lease. For the past five years, the museum had been renting space in the Union Pacific-owned Seventh Street Amtrak depot. That agreement expired at the end of 2016 and required the museum to pay only $250 per year. 

The museum had switched to a year-by-year contract during negotiations, but was unable to work out terms that allowed them to stay. 

"It's just sad that we're unable to raise the funding necessary to preserve what I think is a very important part of the history, the story of this county and this community," said Pat Thrasher, the museum's manager. The Post Independent, Glenwood Springs' newspaper, reported that Union Pacific wanted to begin charging the museum market rates, which would have cost $25,000 annually. 

Thrasher told the newspaper that the museum staff will spend the Thanksgiving weekend trying to find homes for the artifacts. The museum might possibly find a new location in the future, but Thrasher says that the attendance will suffer without the visitors from Amtrak California Zephyr trains who stop at the town. 

"I would like to think we're more than just a place where Amtrak passengers hang out while they're waiting for a train," he said.

A private owner locomotive


SSRX 118 rebuilt EMD GP10 Built as Milwaukee Road 2379, GP9, Serial Number 21203 Order Number 5428, Frame Number 5428-2 Built 5/1956. Formerly Tacoma Rail 2006 now repainted and part of S&S Sales and Leasing. Eaton, Colorado, November 24, 2017 along Union Pacific Greeley Subdivision at fracing sand unloading facility. ©2017 Chip

Action along the Joint Line

KCS 4192 SD70ACE & 4114 on BNSF unit train passed Pueblo Depot, Pueblo, Colorado, November 25, 2017. ©2017 Chip Northbound KCS 4114 & 4194 arrived Pueblo, CO, 12:15 PM, November 25, 2017. Passed ATSF 2912, 4-8-4, steam locomotive
KCS Southern Belles 4192 & 4114 on northbound BNSF unit military train approached Kelker, CO, November 25, 2017 just before sunset. ©2017 Chip CN 2977 rear DPU on UP 7091 south passed Prospect Junction, Denver, CO, 8:57 AM November 26, 2017 going to Nixon Generating Station south of Fountain, CO. ©2017 Chip

A UP special locomotive


On November 17, 2017  Nathan Zachman photographed a westbound Union Pacific Council Bluffs Iowa to Oakland California passenger extra. Lead locomotive #1943 is the recently released custom painted SD70ACe that honors Veterans and celebrated the B-17 “Spirit of the Union Pacific” that flew in WWII. Also recognized the creation of the US Air Force. VERY VERY LUCKY to catch this train on its journey through the Heartland. Fowler Ks November 17, 2017  ©2017 Nathan Zachman

Some local action

UP 7354 west was a North Yard, Denver to Phillipsburg, Colorado, extra train November 18, 2017. Moffat Tunnel Line was busy!   Chip
Canadian Pacific 9757 moved from the BNSF’s service tracks to BNSF‘s 31st Street Yard, Denver, Colorado, November 19, 2017.  Power went to west on the Denver to Provo, Utah, train that afternoon.  ©2017 Chip

 

BNSF 9144 S. with Q-train headed to Alliance, Texas, passed South Denver, Colorado, 12:05 PM, November 19, 2017.  ©2017 Chip

On the Joint Line at Greenland


On November 4,
BNSF 8772 leads a pair of ACes with a southbound coal train down the backside of the Palmer Divide and out of Palmer Lake, CO. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

A Private Car visits Denver

Private Varnish Sierra Hotel dome lounge moved from California to Chicago, IL, on Amtrak's train 6, the California Zephyr, passed through Denver November 3, 2017. Views at Prospect Junction and Denver Union Station.

Sierra Hotel started out as Silver Lounge built by the Budd in 1948 for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. CB&Q Silver Lounge was designed for and was part of the consist of the California Zephyr traveling the same route that had conceived the Vista-Dome. The Silver Lounge was a mid-train dormitory/coffee shop/lounge car which included the Cable Car Lounge. Car was a crew dormitory and the rooms of the train's Chef and Zephyrette hostess. Sierra Hotel has been modified with a rear platform. ©2017 Chip

Two views of the Georgetown Loop

David Conrad took this unusual view of the Silver Plume yard and buildings. ©2017 David Conrad No. 111 leads a train towards Devil's Gate. ©2017 David Conrad

Action on the Joint Line

Alan Schenkel was north of Sedalia on October 29 and caught some of the action such as a north bound QALTPTL train.  ©2017 Alan Schenkel A north bound coal empty. ©2017 Alan Schenkel
Another shot of the northbound coal empty. ©2017 Alan Schenkel A pair of SD40-2s brings in cars from the Kyle on the UP Limon Sub at Tower Road test of Denver. ©2017 Alan Schenkel

A drawbar pulled

Chris Paulhamus was in the right place to get pictures of a pulled drawbar on a BNSF coal train.  Certainly not a good day for the crew. ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

The PPL near Castel Rock


BNSF 2549, a GP39-3, leads the October 27th PPL north into Castle Rock. The train had two boxcars that were picked up from Acme Brick in Castle Rock on the previous day's southbound trip along with a handful of covered hoppers. ©2017 David Grothe

A preserved Rio Grande caboose


Marcus Rail owned former Denver & Rio Grande Western RR caboose 01447 to be preserved once it leaves closed Burnham Shops, Denver, Colorado, November 2017.  ©2017 Chip

A painting from Joe Priselac


Looking back to the early 1950's, Union Pacific three cylinder 4-12-2 steam engine No. 9029 with refrigerated cars passes UP gas turbine No. 55 approaching Sherman Hill in Wyoming.  painting and photo by Joe Priselac.

A complete set of CSX power on the Moffat Sub

Kevin Morgan saw CDRWE9-15 as it rolls westbound through Arvada on October 19. It's very unusual to see a complete set of foreign power on the Moffat Sub. ©2017 Kevin Morgan The train rolls across the  Coal Creek canyon bridge which still proudly displays the Rio Grande name. ©2017 Kevin Morgan
On the way  up the hill. ©2017 Kevin Morgan Nearing Tunnel #1. ©2017 Kevin Morgan

On the Royal Gorge 

Royal Gorge Route full dome Buena Vista CRRX 553 has been freshly painted at Canon City during 2017. She will join full dome Rio Vista. Canon City, CO, October 20, 2017. ©2017 Chip
Canon City & Royal Gorge F-unit 403 has been repainted. She is expected to return to Royal Gorge Route service in late 2017. Canon City, CO, October 20, 2017. ©2017 Chip

A different view of the Light Rail

I was attending a meeting at the Hyatt Regency on October 23 and took an opportunity to take a couple pictures of Light Rail cars with a view not often seen. ©2017 Water Weart

On the Joint Line


On 15 Oct 17 Chris Paulhamus found BNSF 9227, A rough-looking ACe and an Exec MAC lead a northbound manifest into Larkspur, CO. An odd power duo for a manifest, for sure, but Chris isnot complaining.

Looks like the lead ACe has seen better days, and, surprisingly, the creme and green on the Exec MAC has held up quite well.  ©2017 Chris Paulhamus

Real heritage locomotives

BNSF 1773 & 1648, SD40-2, Raton Subdivision at Model, Colorado, October 19, 2017. Santa Fe lettering still graces these work horses. The two Santa Fe built units came out of La Junta to Mindeman Siding to move stored grain cars. Cars were moved west to Model, Colorado, to make room for maintenance of way equipment at Mindeman Siding.  ©2017 Chip

Several different paint schemes


David Grothe saw four different paint schemes represented in this locomotive consist including two Warbonnets as this train is on the south end of Castle Rock approaching Larkspur. The Locomotives are 4247, 635, 4134 and 719. ©2017 David Grothe 

A neat piece of track machinery


Caterpillar 329E with drill attachment was on rail sled positioned at Pinecliff, Colorado Union Pacific‘s Moffat Tunnel Subdivision installing pole line October 13, 2017. Amtrak train 5 passed and Nesco electrical subcontractors went back on the main. ©2017 Chip

The Golden local at work


The Golden Local reassemble its train after picking up some cars set out previously. Too far to away to be seen in tbis picture, the conductor is on the ground guiding the engineer to a joint.  ©2017 Walter Weart

Two interesting pictures

BNSF 267 SD75M, ex-BNSF 8267, 16-710-G3 engine 4300 horsepower, painted by Mid-America Car & Locomotive at Kansas City, Missouri earlier in 2017. BNSF Clovis, New Mexico, to Denver, CO, train S CLODEN, passed South Denver October 12, 2017. ©2017 Chip  BNSF westbound auto train on Kansas City Terminal's Argentine Connection Flyover used Track AC1. KCT High Line is track below that swings off to the right (north). September 28, 2017 Kansas City, Missouri along Kansas State line. ©2017 Chip

It must be Fall


Large pumpkins delivered to Palombo Farms Market at Hazeltine Siding near East 112th & US Highway 85 NE of Commerce City, Colorado. Union Pacific 4979 (UP 8390 North) was getting empty auto rack train together October 7, 2017 ©2017 Chip

 

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