It's just after sunset with temperatures close to zero as Amtrak train no. 6, the California Zephyr, wastes no time descending the grade at Coal Creek Canyon during the cold blue hour.
Having conquered the Big 10 Loops, this BNSF freight train is about to cross the Blue Mountain Road as it continues the strenuous climb out of Denver and into the Rockies.
Heading through light snow flurries and with a temperature of 1 degree outside, the M-K-T Heritage engine approaches Denver leading this Eastbound manifest train.
With the temperature close to zero, Amtrak train no. 6, the California Zephyr descends the grade at Big Ten Curve with the Denver Metro area in the background.
It's just after sunset as Amtrak #6 eases down the grade around Big Ten Curve at dusk with the Denver Metro Area in the background.
Three of the BNSF’s paint schemes are seen on three different types of locomotive models as a trackage rights train heads west along the UP Moffat Tunnel subdivision.
A late Amtrak #5 led by a UP AC4400CW rounds the curve from Eisile towards Coal Creek Canyon west of Denver.
The Denver-Roper manifest grinds upgrade at Tunnel One in Coal Creek Canyon. The steep 2% grade here is evident as the train heavy with Pueblo steel products blasts towards the first Tunnel on t... (more)
Amtrak train no. 5, the California Zephyr winds around curves above Big Ten and heads into tunnel 1 on the climb out of Denver up the Front Range of the Rockies. At this time Amtrak was attempting... (more)
On May 05, 2014, me and Kirk decided to spend most of the day on the Moffat Route in hopes of getting the Central of Georgia Heritage Unit leading BNSF's Provo, UT to Denver, CO manifest. However,... (more)
An SD70ACe and AC4400CW lead a Union Pacific loaded coal train bound for Memphis, TN just west of Leyden near Arvada, CO as it continues to get colder and the rain continues to fall.
An SD70M, AC6044CW, and SD40N lead the North Yard, CO to Grand Junction, CO manifest through Coal Creek Canyon west of Denver as the rain continues to fall.
Rain, fog, and wheel slip. That pretty much sums up of what's happening here. An SD70M, AC6044CW, and SD40N lead the North Yard - Grand Jct manifest as they climb the grade at Big Ten Curve.
Minutes after the sun went away, running over eight and a half hours late, Amtrak #5, the California Zephyr climbs the 2% grade through Coal Creek Canyon up towards Tunnel #1.
An eight and half hour late Amtrak #5, the California Zephyr, led by Amtrak no. 198 round the s-curve at Blue Mountain Road in Coal Creek Canyon west of Denver. Right as soon as the locomotives pa... (more)