- TOMORROW'S C&TS RUN CANCELLED
Posted Friday, December 6 2013 at 1337 h MST
John Bush announced on NGDF about two hours ago that tomorrow's swap of 484 and 489 between Chama and Antonito has been cancelled. Nathan Z talked to the RR on the phone (when they called to tell us of the cancellation and refund the tickets), and they say the drifts are bit big to bust through easily and they're concerned about ice build-up in the flangeways.
Oh well, it's colder than a son-of-a-!@#$* out there and I think I'm almost happier to stay inside this weekend. That said, my new 5D Mark III arrived Tuesday, so I might have to sneak out for just a bit to try it out. - NDHolmes
- RIDE THE C&TS ON DEC 7
Posted Wednesday, November 20 2013 at 1631 h MST
Want to ride the C&TS in the winter? Here's your chance. They're going to swap locomotives 484 and 489 between Chama and Antonito on December 7, and actually sell some tickets for a rare end-to-end winter ride. Each side will run with a couple cabooses and an open gon, and the Antonito side will also carry a couple coaches. Tickets are a bargain at $65, but be advised if you ride all the way through, there's no return transportation. Also, bring your coat - the C&TS isn't a winter railroad, and heat may be scarce depending on the weather.
You can get tickets [here]. The Chama side is limited to 25 folks so that we can all get inside the cabooses in the event of nasty weather, so if you want that side of the hill, book soon. I've got my ticket already for Chama to Osier and back, so hopefully will see some of you out there. - NDHolmes
- ANOTHER ACS-64 COMING
Posted Saturday, November 9 2013 at 2048 h MST
I saw on Trainorders that ACS-64 #606 is on today's eastbound California Zephyr 6(09). Should be across Colorado tomorrow and into Chicago on Monday. I'd go after it, but I'm down in Texas for the next week. - NDHolmes
- MPI HSP-46 IN PUEBLO
Posted Sunday, October 27 2013 at 2041 h MDT
An example of the newest diesel passenger locomotive in North America showed up in Pueblo today - the MotivePower HSP-46. Unlike previous MotivePower, Inc. (MPI) products, these units aren't built from EMD drivetrains. The units are GEs, equipped with a GEVO-12 engine and AC traction (essentially passenger GEVOs), housed within a full-width carbody and riding on a new design of B trucks.
MBTX 2003 came south on Friday, and will be moving to TTCI over the next few days to complete testing and validation on the design. This isn't the first HSP-46 released - MBTX 2000 (in primer, like 2003) went to GE Erie for testing, and 2001 is painted and on MBTA property out in Boston (but not yet operating).
MBTA has 40 of these on order at this point, with options for more, and they'll be delivered through the rest of 2013 and 2014.
Photos of today's sighting of MBTX 2003 can be seen [here]. - NDHolmes
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