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  Trip Report: Grande Finale - Rio Grandes Depart Colorado - Chapter 1
  The First Two Departures
  From: Grande Finale - Rio Grandes Depart Colorado Dates: April 6-21, 2002 Author: Nathan Holmes

Photo 1
The beginning of the exodus from Burnham's dead lines - D&RGW 3060, one of the last GP40s retired, departs Utah Junction on 6-Apr-2002 as one of the trailing units on MNYNP (North Yard - North Platte)
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Photo 2
Another look at 3060.
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Photo 3
Misery loves company, and 3060 gets 3084, another dead GP40 bound for National Railway Equipment in Silvis, IL.
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Photo 4
3084 and 3060 depart Denver one last time.
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Photo 5
Starting the second round of departures, UP 3498 leads MNYNP on 21-Apr-2002. DRGW 5353, 5386, and 5406 are being hauled out on this train.
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Photo 6
The first dead unit in the set, DRGW 5353 heads northeast on MNYNP just east of Utah Junction. Forgive the color - my camera felt like overexposing today.
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Photo 7
DRGW 5386 is the second dead tunnel motor in the consist.
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Photo 8
The other end of 5386 from the same location.
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Photo 9
Bringing up the rear, DRGW 5406. 5406 is separated from the other two motors by UP 3562, an inoperable SD40-2.
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Photo 10
The four units powering MNYNP and the four dead trailing units head out onto the Belt Line just east of Utah Junction.
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Photo 11
The first set of motors is about to duck under the bridge and exit the Belt Line for the Greeley Sub.
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Photo 12
Normally I wouldn't have included it, but somehow it seemed odd that the rolling dead line was waiting on this shining new SD70.
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Photo 13
After letting the southbound manifest pass, DRGW 5353 trails along through Adams on its trip north.
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Photo 14
Just a shot of DRGW 5386 passing through Adams.
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Photo 15
The train approaches the south end of Brighton, CO, which will be my last stop for the day. The evening is wearing on, and I can only take so many shots of inoperable tunnel motors running through corn fields.
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Photo 16
Heading on in to Brighton...
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Photo 17
Even potentially on their way to the scrap pile, that Grande gold still looks good in the evening sunlight.
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Photo 18
Passing through downtown, this was my parting shot of these three, and quite possibly the last I'll see of them.
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All the images here are Copyright 2002 Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net)
Note this doesn't mean you can't use them - In fact, I encourage people to use and enjoy them.
I'm placing them under the same license as RailARC images. Please feel free to copy, use, and distribute anything you find here, as long as I'm given credit for its creation.
All shots in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS D30 with a Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3.