21, 1999 railfanning
EC-4 | Action in Glenwood Springs
Gypsum Crossings | TP End of
the Line & In the Weeds
||UP EC-4 is 'a full-dimension test car,
just like the Sperry cars the D&RGW / SP contracted," according to
Bruce Collins. It left a number of slow orders in its wake until
the track is repaired. Here the EC-4 passes through the east end
of Glenwood yard right behind a ZDVRO I failed to get a shot of as it flew
|Here is UP EC-4 passing through the Chacra
siding west of Glenwood Springs. The logo on the side below the UP
shield says "Today's Data, Tomorrow's Technology." It looked like
quite a good ride with captains chairs and a nice view.
||A Santa Fe C44-9W slowly leads a eastbound
BNSF trackage rights train through the siding in front of the Glenwood
Springs depot. This train had a BN C30-7 as the third unit.
This unit is probably being leased by Norfolk Southern to repay horsepower
Below, is the westbound manifest that the
BNSF train met. There are five SP AC4400s on the point of this train.
Unfortunately, I was unable to get a clear shot of this train.
|This train was hauling mostly containers,
which the top of can be seen in the gondolas. These were not typical
containers but were almost like the garbage containers with fabric covers
I have seen up on the UP in Cheyenne, WY. The containers were on
both flatcars and in gondolas. If anyone knows what they are hauling,
am curious to know.
||Here is what UP signal crews have been
working on for the past few months - new crossings between Gypsum and Sage
on the under utilized Tennessee Pass line. This is the new crossing
AND road at MP 334.65. The sign on the signal hut notes this as the
B&B Excavating crossing. As far as I could tell, no train has
ever gone across this crossing since it was completed.
|This is the new crossing recently installed
at MP 334.25 at an existing road to the Schmidt Ranch which is also a gravel
pit. In the distance you can see the other new crossing to the west
towards Gypsum. The end of the line used to be just a 1/4 mile
behind us but that rail was replaced when the crossings were installed
and another section removed a half mile farther to the east near Sage.
||The end of the line coming east from Dotsero
and Gypsum. This is roughly MP 333.50. It looks like the rail
was hastily removed and throw off to the side unlike the previous break
where the rail was just rolled over on the ties.
|Plenty of rust has formed on the top of
the rails. This is the joint where the rail was removed.
||This is what a good portion of the Tennessee
Pass line is beginning to look like in Eagle County. I don't believe
any weed control has been done this summer and the weeds are starting to
take over. Here the tracks kind of disappear before they go around
the curve but I guess that is the point of the image.
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