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Helper is, of course, home to the last of the D&RGW locomotives. DRGW 5371, an SD40T-2, is the only remaining Grande unit that has not been patched nor painted for UP. A few days before I made my way out for the D&S's second annual Winter Photo Special in Durango, CO, I got word that I should swing through Helper, UT, on the way - 5371 had escaped patching, and there might be a work extra up from Helper to the summit on Friday, 17-Feb-2006. It only narrowly escaped a patch in early February, and any opportunity to see it still running as 5371 was worth the extra miles out of the way.

So, I left a day early (which conveniently got me across the mountains before a snowstorm) and stayed Wednesday night in Grand Junction. Thursday, I planned to take my time working west and spend a few hours trying to find the old narrow gauge RGW right of way between Mack and Whitehouse. While I did do that, I also caught up with a westbound manifest - presumably MNYRO - at Mack. I figured I have very poor luck catching trains actually running on the Utah desert section of the Grande, so I should skip the century-gone roadbed and follow it instead. I cheated a bit - I did drive 6 from Mack westward and got a general feel of it from the highway, but I didn't spend a whole lot of time poking around on the side roads. Arriving at the other end of the realignment near Cisco, I found UP 4039 and train just coming up out of the Ruby Canyon stretch. So I continued chasing ... (Continued)

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