Loading complete, the train awaits the swing shift crew to take it west.
The morning empty returns to the Deserado Mine loadout. Unfortunately for us, there would be no afternoon train today as the longwall was having problems.
The Front Range of the Rockies on a pleasant March morning. BNSF6403 has this manifest well underhand as it heads towards a Utah destination.
The northwest corner of Colorado is easily characterized as rugged; it's a tough place for anything to survive, and as the scrub brush adorning the rocky ridges attests, precipitation is a scarce ... (more)
It took two years of waiting for the opportunity to get back to the summit of Holum Pass, but when I finally was able to set up there once again I couldn't have arranged for better light. Storms ... (more)
I made the 80 mile trip east from my home in eastern Utah to the Deseret Power Railway’s loader in western Colorado yesterday. I was hoping to catch their freshly painted, ex NdeM unit, but it was... (more)
The Deseret Power Railway's Pettibone crane drags freshly-painted DPR 4 into daylight for the first time. Unit 4 sports essentially the same paint scheme as Units 1 & 2, delivered new to the Dese... (more)
Tucked away at Blue Mountain Energy's Deserado Mine, the east end of the Deseret Power Railway, is this old speeder used by maintenance-of-way forces. The logo on the flank remains that of Wes... (more)
Golden sunlight breaks through scattered clouds on a summer morning at Deserado Mine in the northwest corner of Colorado. The Deseret Power Railway yard and mine loadout are quiet for the moment,... (more)
BNSF 7435 leads a WB trackage rights train over UP's Moffat Tunnel Route as seen just west of the siding at Clay.
DPR-1 and its two sisters have just crossed the apex of Holum Pass, the summit of the steepest grade on the Deseret Power Railway. Every single one of the three motors' 6,000 horsepower are neede... (more)
The Westbound Zephyr is dwarfed by the surrounding scene at Blue Mountain.
BNSF 7750 eases down the grade at Blue Mountain crossing with a long sting of tanks still decending the hill.
Two GE motors climb at Blue Mountain to recue a stranded coal train in Cliff siding. The stranded train had braking problems and needed addition power for a safe trip down the hill.