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    Posted Thursday, May 27 2004 at 2138 h MDT
    I got my first look at one of the upcoming N scale Intermountain Railway D&RGW SD40T-2s at the big N scale meet up in Denver several weeks back, and they looked good. For those of you that saw the earlier SP and UP motors, the Grande units are a notable improvement, with better shell detail (no obscenely huge rivets, etc) and better overall alignment between pieces. Rumor was a ship date in late May. Now I see Intermountain has put them on the front page. That's probably a good sign they're coming soon. As would be expected from your N-scaling webmaster, I'll get my grubby little hands on one (or maybe a few) as soon as possible for a full review. - NDHolmes

    Posted Thursday, May 27 2004 at 2127 h MDT
    Just a reminder that opening day for the 2004 Cumbres & Toltec Scenic season is this coming Saturday, After a long winter's rebuild, 484 went over to Antonito on Tuesday to pick up a round of passenger cars. 487 should be the other unit expected to be up and running on Saturday, as it's the other K-36 close to finished. Sometime mid-season, a third K-36 should emerge to provide power coverage should something go wrong with 484 or 487, or just to spread the work around. I have no idea which will lead from which end of the line on Saturday, though. I'll probably be down there on Saturday for opening day, and so count on a full report sometime Sunday.

    In other C&TS goings on, the Friends just completed a work session, where one of the major goals was brush removal along the RoW. Photos from the first work session (A) can be seen here, and more pictures from the B, or second, work session can be seen here.

    Congratulations are in order to everyone involved in getting the C&TS to this point. After a tough year and a tough winter, it looks like it might be the start of the comeback season. -

  • UP 9859 (ex-DRGW 5515) AT MONUMENT
    Posted Sunday, May 16 2004 at 1338 h MDT
    Just a heads-up for anybody in the Monument area. UP 9859 (ex-DRGW 5515, one of the SD50s) has reported being in the area of Monument/Colorado Springs for the last two weeks in relation to the track rehab project near Monument. I spotted it first on 2-May-2004 as the middle unit in a work train. Unfortunately, it was too far away and obscured to get a decent shot. This afternoon, however, was right downtown Monument (Photo #1, #2) moving work cars around. Not sure how much longer it will be around, though, as the work looks to be nearing completion. - NDHolmes

    Posted Friday, May 14 2004 at 0641 h MDT
    Yesterday brought not only weird weather to Colorado, but also a pair of derailments. The first was a BNSF mixed, supposedly M-DENLAU (Denver-Laurel, MT, manifest) that string-lined a few empty centerbeams into the South Platte river. This occurred at about 1300h as the train passed around the tight curve that brings trains off the southbound BNSF and turns them around to head for the North Yard area. 9News.com has that story and pictures here. The Denver Post story can be found here, and the Rocky Mountain News article here.

    Then, possibly triggered by the wet weather yesterday, a suspected rockslide derailed the CSMMH-11 near Tabernash yesterday afternoon. UP 6277 was in the lead, and reports indicated that the crew was trapped for a while, as the unit rolled over. There's not much news coverage of this one yet, aside from another story from 9News.com here. -

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