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  • NdeM ELECTRICS ARRIVE DENVER
    Posted Wednesday, October 13 2004 at 1033 h MDT
    The Colorado Zephyr reported on Trainorders this morning that the three NdeM E60C electric units have arrived in Denver. Word is they'll apparently go west to Phippsburg today (though some reports are that they're not scheduled to move until 19-Oct-2004), and then be hauled to Craig sometime later this week. From Craig, they'll be placed on trucks for the haul west to the Deseret Western's shops. Update (10/13 - 1651h): They're dead-in-tow on a westbound (empty) coal train up the Moffat right now. A post on the Railspot list spotted them through Arvada at 1323h today. - NDHolmes

  • C&TS ACQUIRES TWO FRAMELESS TANK CARS
    Posted Wednesday, October 13 2004 at 1026 h MDT
    The Friends of the C&TS has been given two frameless tank car bodies (no trucks), thanks to Mr. Fred Gibson, who delivered them to Antonito, CO, yesterday (12-Oct-2004). This joins their fleet of six narrow frame tank cars picked up from the White Pass & Yukon, and are two of only four known surviving frameless narrow gauge tankers. See the Friends press release here. - NDHolmes

  • GLENWOOD MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE TODAY
    Posted Sunday, October 10 2004 at 1005 h MDT
    Sorry I didn't get this posted earlier, but this weekend has just been nuts. Today, Sunday, 10-Oct-2004, the Glenwood Railroad Museum will be showing off their latest acquisition - a 44-ton diesel switcher donated by Xcel Energy. This was the former switcher from the Cameo, CO, generating station. It'll be fired up between 3-5pm.

    Jan Girardot provides the following directions for finding it: "In case you don't know how to get there:
    in Glenwood Springs, turn west on 8th Street,
    continue past the Garfield County Court House and City Hall,
    continue straight ahead toward the railroad tracks (don't follow the pavement that goes left up the hill to the ball field), you should now be able to see the locomotive parked next to the north Orrison building." -
    NDHolmes

  • NEW TRIP REPORT - LAST DAY ON THE GEORGETOWN LOOP
    Posted Saturday, October 9 2004 at 0745 h MDT
    After months of hoping it wouldn't come to pass, it finally did last Sunday. 3-Oct-2004 was the last day that the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc. would operate their namesake line. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to both photograph and ride the line one more time, I headed up there early Sunday morning (along with every other fan around, I think...) The results I've posted in a new trip report called End of the Line for the Georgetown Loop. Enjoy! - NDHolmes

  • NdeM ELECTRICS TO CRAIG
    Posted Thursday, October 7 2004 at 1014 h MDT
    At least one NdeM E60 electric locomotive, possibly more (details not yet forthcoming) is making its way to Craig, CO, for service on the Deseret Western. That means at least for part of the trip, they'll be passing over ex-DRGW trackage. They're in Winslow, TX, today, and are expected in Craig by the 20th. If I see more, I'll post it. Update (10/8 - 1307h): The units in question are EA012, EA017, and EA028, previously stored in Texas. See here for a photo of them being brought out of storage. Update (10/10 - 2130h): The units have now made it to Fort Worth - see here.
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    NDHolmes

  • PUEBLO DEPOT DAZE - OCT 2-3
    Posted Friday, October 1 2004 at 1606 h MDT
    Just a reminder that the Pueblo Railway Museum will be hosting its two day Depot Daze event this weekend, 2-3 Oct 2004, behind the west end of the Pueblo Union Depot. Included will be displays, food, and rides around their chunk of the yard by both speeder and a train pulled by Colorado & Wyoming GP7 104. There's a good write-up in the Pueblo Chieftain here. - NDHolmes

  • NARROW GAUGE PHOTO FREIGHTS
    Posted Friday, October 1 2004 at 1054 h MDT
    Due to various problems, I completely overlooked the two narrow gauge photo freights running in Colorado last week. Sorry, folks, the webmaster isn't on the ball. Fortunately, as with any photo freight, they did get quite a bit of coverage. The first was the D&S's fall trip on 25-Sep-2004 between its namesake towns of Durango and Silverton. The second happened a couple days later, with the Trains Unlimited photo freight http://www.trainsunlimitedtours.com/rio-grande-photo-freight.html">special over the Cumbres & Toltec on 27 and 28-Sep-2004.

    William Diehl has a good number of photos of each posted here. Jay Wimer also has posted some excellent coverage of the C&TS special here. My thanks to both of them for sharing their photos, from all of us who couldn't make it down to either participate in or document either special. -
    NDHolmes

  • ON THE GROUND IN GLENWOOD CANYON
    Posted Friday, October 1 2004 at 0955 h MDT
    Robert Harmen reports via the DRGW list that UP dropped a couple cars on the ground at East Allen, down in Glenwood Canyon. It happened around 0930h. Sounds like it's going to be a very slow day on the Grande here in Colorado west of the Divide. (Update 10/1 - 1900h): Tyler Eaton got photos for us all - they're posted over at RailroadForums in this thread. Quite frankly, Tyler's been absolutely amazing in covering Colorado railroading for the last year, and I'd like to publicly thank him for that right here. Wish I still had that much time and energy... - NDHolmes

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