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Paul Birkholz posted the following irresistable tidbit to the DRGW list on Thursday, 21-Jul-2005: "I received information that a hi-railer arrived in Buena Vista via rail on Monday morning from the east. They stopped briefly in town for gas (off the rail) and then got back on the rail and continued west. Other than the Buena Vista sighting I haven't heard how far the vehicle may have gone." Since I've heard from several people that UP doesn't make a regular habit of hyrailing the Pass, with it having been out of service for some eight years, the possibility that something was about to happen was too good to pass up. I'd taken Friday off work for a Helper, UT, trip originally, but I decided it was too darn hot. So, instead, I decided to head up into the high country in order to substantiate the report and get a better idea where the run started and ended.

I started the morning in Pueblo, CO. The TP main is still very active between Pueblo and Parkdale, with three different railroads operating it. The best known is probably the Canon City & Royal Gorge, which runs a first class tourist train from Canon City west through the Gorge to Parkdale. Rock & Rail, a shortline operator, used to run rock trains from the Parkdale quarry over to Pueblo and then up to Colorado Springs. However, lately all I've seen them do is switch the Holcim cement plant at Portland, and the rock train has been running with UP power - specifically, the ex-DRGW GP6... (Continued)

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