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The rumor that Union Pacific is looking to get rid of the Alamosa lines is certainly no secret - the rumor's been going around for years. However, in recent months, the rumor has turned into the near-fact that RailAmerica will be purchasing everything west of Walsenburg, CO, in the very near future. May 1 is being kicked around as the sale date, but so far there's no concrete evidence to support this. No STB filings, no press releases, no anything, nada, zilch, zero. So we wait and see, but in the mean time I figured it was high time I get back to the San Luis. My last trip was in January 2002, and with at least two Grandes being regulars on the runs, I thought it was time I go back for what might be my last look at Grandes in the SLV.

Since MPUAA (the Pueblo-Alamosa Manifest) typically arrives in the early morning (0600h or better), the smartest thing to do is drive down the night before for those like me that live three hours away. So I stayed in Alamosa on Thursday night, and was rattled out of bed by my alarm at 0500h on Firday. In hindsight, I should have stayed in Fort Garland, as then I'd be right where I wanted to be in the early morning hours - on the east end of the valley.

That said, MPUAA suffered some great malady (other than the plethora of slow orders now covering the Veta Pass area) on the trip up from Pueblo on Friday morning. I awok... (Continued)

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