Rio Grande News

    Posted Friday, August 9 2019 at 1048 h MDT
    There's a report on Trainorders that there's a washout on Soldier Summit somewhere between Helper and Provo. The Amtrak status map this morning indeed shows #5 from yesterday holding at Helper, and #6 holding at Salt Lake. The issue is apparently fixed now, or at least one main is open, as both Zephyrs have started to move within the last hour. - NDHolmes

    Posted Tuesday, July 2 2019 at 1451 h MDT
    The US Forest Service has officially found that the 416 Fire last summer was caused by cinders off the D&S's locomotives. As a result, the US Attorney's Office has filed suit against the railroad, seeking $25 million for direct costs for fighting the fire and for land remediation afterwards.

    There is a separate lawsuit filed in September 2018 by nearby landowners affected by the fire (largely from mud flows, since no structures were lost from fire) and from a few businesses, alleging negligence on the part of the railroad by running in such dry conditions. It's unknown how this announcement will affect that suit, but I can't see how it would be good for the railroad.

    The Denver Post has a more detailed article [here]. -

    Posted Thursday, June 27 2019 at 1018 h MDT
    According to a post on Trainorders, the SLRG has received two former CSX SD70Ms as leasers - 4685 and 4687 - now both with PRLX reporting marks. - NDHolmes

    Posted Wednesday, December 12 2018 at 1128 h MST
    Due to Union Pacific's move towards Precision Scheduled Railroading (yes, that one, the "brain child" of E Hunter Harrison at CN), they have announced that the former Rio Grande Roper Yard in Salt Lake will be downgraded and that it will no longer switch general manifest traffic.

    A consequence of that move is the elimination of the last through manifest freights over the former Rio Grande system. MNYRO / MRONY (North Yard - Roper manifests and vice versa) have been cancelled, and all through traffic will travel via Wyoming. The last trains ran last week. Kevin Morgan caught the last MRONY coming into Denver on Saturday, and his pictures are posted on Wally's . For those who are members of Trainorders, SP8595 posted photos of the last MNYRO crossing the desert on the 6th in this thread.

    Aside from the Potash Local running out to Brendel and down the branch, there will no longer be any UP manifest freights between Grand Junction and Helper. Apparently UP has been running some export coal westbound from GJ, so that may continue, the BNSF manifests will still run (typically ~2-4/day), and of course the two daily Amtraks. The desert just got a little quieter. -

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