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October 1, 2014

Pictures form the Durango & Silverton Rrailroad


D&S K-36 number 482 with the first train of the day crosses U.S. Highway 550 at Hermosa, Colorado (mile post 462.7), September 28, 2014.  ©2014 Jerry B. Day D&S number 473 with the D&S 2014 Fall Photo Special crosses U.S. Highway 550 at Hermosa, Colorado (mile post 462.7), September 28, 2014.©2014 Jerry B. Day
Durango & Silverton K-28 number 473 crosses Mineral Creek bridge at Mile Post 496.15 just south of the Silverton yard. September 28.  ©2014 Jerry B. Day Ex-D&RGW K-27 number 463 rolling fast west bound out of Antonito with a Jay Wimer photo freight train charter at 6:30 am, September 29.  ©2014 Jerry B. Day
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s fall photo special southbound with K-28 number 473 waits on the Elk Park siding for the two northbound regular passenger trains. September 27, 2014. ©2014 Jerry B. Day The northbound fall photo special fills the canyon with smoke for the photographers during a run-by at Whitehead Gulch (mile post 491.95). September 27, 2014. ©2014 Jerry B. Day
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s north bound regular passenger train passes the fall photo special southbound with K-28 number 473 waiting on the Elk Park siding. September 27, 2014. ©2014 Jerry B. Day The southbound fall photo special with locomotive 473 performs a photo run-by for railroad photographers at the famous high line (mile post 469.5). September 27, 2014. ©2014 Jerry B. Day

Some pictures from Portugal

In Porto, Portugal, this sleek tram runs on standard gauge (4’ 8 ½”) as does the few vintage trolleys on other routes in the city.   ©2014 Dave Goss The commuter lines in Lisbon operate on broad gauge (or Iberian gauge) of 5’ 5 21/32” or 1668mm. Many of these lines were converted in the 1950s from standard gauge to Iberian broad gauge to be compatible with equipment from Spain. ©2014 Dave Goss
This vintage trolley in Porto is advertising Jameson Scotch, a popular drink in Europe. A sister (Tram 185) operates in San Francisco as part of their heritage fleet. ©2014  Dave Goss Only four of the historic street tram lines are still operating in Lisbon, Portugal. Many of these cars were manufactured by J.G Brill. The gauge in Lisbon is 2’ 11 7/16 (900mm) gauge.  ©2014 Dave Goss

More Rio Grande signals are being replaced

Union Pacific is preparing to replace former Denver & Rio Grande Western RR signal bridge near milepost 627 with a new signal bridge in late 2014. Project was well underway west of Helper, Utah, September 29, 2014.  ©2014 Chip

A visit to the Cripple Creek area on September 20.

The Colorado Midland depot and section house in Hartsel. The CM has been abandoned since 1918, 96 years old and still standing.  ©2014 Wally Weart The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad operates over part of the old Midland Terminal route. Number 2 engine is a Henschel 0-4-0 built in 1936, in Germany prepares to leave. ©2014 Wally Weart
Another view of Henschel built in 1936 No. 2. ©2014 Wally Weart The Number 1 is a Orenstein and Koppel, built in 1902 as a  0-4-4-0 articulated mallet. ©2014 Wally Weart
This coach used to sit on the edge of town and has been rescued for possible restoration? Could this be an old Colorado Midland coach? ©2014 Wally Weart Rio Grande caboose 0952 sits by the CC&V Narrow Gauge station. ©2014 Wally Weart

A sad end for a 6900

Former Union Pacific Centennial 6925, DDA-40X, sits forlorn at Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Dakota Southern Railway. It was purchased for parts years ago. Images taken September 15, 2014. ©2014 Chip

A light engine move

An interesting light engine move occurred on September 14 when the BNSF moved both Beer train power and the Golden Switcher power as a combined train. ©2014 Wally Weart

Around Colorado

BNSF 8585 and CREX 1211 lead empty coal train E-IOGCKM0-92 North on the Brush Subdivision approaching the siding at Tonville. ©2014 SP8595

Rear DPU engines on the BNSF 8585 were the BNSF 6200 and BNSF 6100, are seen here going away at the West switch at Tonville. ©2014 SP8595

BNSF 6526 and 4705 still in Warbonnet paint head South with the U-SIOMQA0-16,
a 92 car train of empty cement cars heading for the Cement plant at Minnequa which is located just South of Pueblo. This scene was taken at Hudson with the last light of the day.
©2014 SP8595
D&RGW 491 is being a really useful engine has he pushes Thomas the Tank Engine around the Colorado Railroad Museum during  the first of three weekends of Thomas Days. ©2014 Wally Weart

A neat sunset shot

UP's Greeley Local (LDI-04) switches out Norfolk Iron & Metals off of the Gill lead located at the North end of the Greeley siding. ©2014 SP8595

Before and after at LaJara, CO

First photo shows the LaJara depot in April 1971 with dual gauge track still in place. Second photo shows the LaJara depot, which is now town hall, on August 11, 2014 with a Rio Grande & San Luis F unit coming from Antonito with a short train from the perlite mill. ©2014 Jerry Day

Derrick OP in action

The C&TS demonstrated the rebuilt D&RGW Derrick OP on the 11th of August. D&RGW Derrick OP was built by the D&RG from gondola 9562 in December 1911. Flat car 06063 was converted to a boom tender for OP at that time. The D&RG rebuilt OP in 1920. It was part of the sale of D&RGW equipment to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR in 1970. It was used several times over the years but gradually deteriorated and had been completely rebuilt by the Friends of the C&TS RR.   ©2014 Jerry Day

Some Colorado Action

A short Intermodal train heads West over the West switch at Tonville as it proceed towards Denver on the Brush Subdivision. Consist is faded Warbonnet or also known as "Pinkbonnet" number 938 leading along with BNSF 5354 and Canadian Pacific 8853. ©2014 SP8595
The Eastbound Hudson turn has just departed out of Barr siding after having met the BNSF 938. Lead engine BNSF 2854 (ex Santa Fe GP39-2 #3640) is still wearing the Santa Fe scheme that has stood the test of time much better than that of the Red on the Warbonnets!

A class private vehicle

GM&O 50 on Amtrak train 5 September 10, 2014.  Train was running a couple hours late.  The California Zephyr encountered a delay at Utah Junction account switches were out of alignment.  This allowed me to catch it at Blue Mountain Drive west of Arvada, Colorado. The Patron Tequila Express PV now features "Roca on the Rails" lettering.   PV was returning to California. ©2014 Chip

More on the Towner line

SNMR 3518, a Montreal Locomotive Works M420W, was used by V&S Railway to move empty rail trains on former Missouri Pacific Towner Line. A&K Materials had removed spikes up to Sugar City, Colorado, as of September 2, 2014. Telephone pole line had been cut down to milepost 825 where this train was parked. Abandonment & track removal stopped by District Court August 29, 2014. No removal activity noted during visit September 2nd. ©2014 Chip A & K Railroad Materials Inc. Spike Remover was on semi truck at Sugar City, Colorado, September 2, 2014. Former Union Pacific 25471 Caboose on display and distance. ©2014 Chip

A switch move at the Colorado Railroad Museum

On September 2, the crew at the Museum began a switch move to reposition UP coach No. 5442 and relocate it to the roundhouse so it can  be cleaned and prepared to be placed next to the UP diner currently spotted between the office and library. This move culminates many weeks work to remove the car from the track behind the D&RGW F-7s.   ©2014 Wally Weart
The crew moved the car very, very slowly, oiling the track and watching the wheels very carefully.By late afternoon, the car was spotted on the roundhouse lead. ©2014 Wally Weart

Joint Line action

A pair of Citirail lease engines, CREX 1421 and CREX 1418 lead Southbound loaded coal train C-NAMHOH0-14 at Wood Spur located between Palmer Lake and Monument. ©2014 SP8595 Southbound empty Auto train V-BGLKCK4-31 (Big Lift-Kansas City) has Canadian Pacific engine #9575 leading South down the Joint Line near Tomah. ©2014 SP8595
Visiting Canadian Pacific engine 8840 fronts this Southbound Double stack train B- DENLPK4-31 along with BNSF "pinkbonnet" 869 at Larkspur. ©2014 SP8595 You webmaster saw this coal train on August 31 heading south. Not the best picture but was a quick grab shot from the car. ©2014 Wally Weart

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