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So, the Rio Grande Heritage SD70ACe had been unveiled for nearly a month, and due to other commitments keeping me away from home, I still hadn't gotten the chance to photograph it. When I heard it had been moved north to La Salle, CO, on 11-Jul-2006, and would be used as part of an Operation Lifesaver run, I figured I'd miss that as well, since they tend to be during the week. Eventually, however, the truth came out - it wasn't to be an Operation Lifesaver run, but rather a display at Milliken Madness Day, a town celebration on Saturday, 15-Jul-2006. As part of the display, 1989 would be open to the general public for tours. This was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

I headed north a little later than expected, due to last minute maintenance at home. The trace indicated that 1989 was expected to leave La Salle at 1030h, and since I didn't leave Colorado Springs until around 1100h, I figured the best I'd be able to do would be some static shots in Milliken. When I arrived at La Salle, though, the unit was sitting sitting around the yard, and was paired with UP "snoot" SD40-2 3246. I snapped off a few photos, and then, seeing no sign of action and hearing nothing on the radio, headed up to Greeley to grab some lunch.

Just as I came into Greeley, I started hearing chatter that sounded a lot like a crew starting to switch cars. Having sat out in 100+ degree heat for the entire morning a... (Continued)

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