BNSF 3137, still in BN Green, leads a short Pikes Peak Local as it passes iconic Castle Rock on Colorado's Joint Line.
On a magnificent day, a clean ACe is yanking on 122 loads of the Powder River's finest as it roars up the grade towards Palmer Lake.
Your standard coal lash up leads 121 loads up grade out of Castle Rock through some nice 'sharp' curves.
Southbound coal slogs along south of Castle Rock on the climb to Palmer Divide, not giving the motorists on the parallel interstate much of a challenge. Three SD50's lead the way, and SD50/T-2 sho... (more)
Just over 1/3 of Rio Grande's fleet of SD50's roll a northbound hybrid piggyback/coal empty train up the front range past the landmark Castle Rock in the summer of 1985. Dig that 5-chime!
Flexing its long symmetrical consist with the curves of the terrain, this coal load is fighting the grade to the summit of the Palmer Divide in Palmer Lake.
Sunset finds one of the many BNSF coal trains that traverse the Joint Line heading north toward Castle Rock and Denver.
Another proper leader on this weeks Pikes Peak Local. BNSF GP40M 3020 leads the short local passing the sweeping curve with iconic Castle Rock in the background.
In the first rays of sun of a new day, The Pikes Peak local speeds north to Denver with 2 SD60Ms as this weeks power.
Due to a broken rail on main 1 in the vicinity of Larkspur, BNSF ran most of the afternoon southbound traffic on main 2 on the Joint Line. After getting a warant, BNSF 7569 departs MP 38 for Palme... (more)
BNSF 4086 has a lenghty manifest train in tow as it heads South towards Colorado Springs.
BNSF 9598 still looks good in the Grinstein scheme with the "Wagon wheel" logo as it heads North with a unit train of empty Gas tank cars.
Your average power setup leads this day's DENAMS through Castle Rock. The train is passing near the old yard/station of Castle Rock, now reduced to nothing more then spur tracks.
This is the back up locomotive put here by BNSF so assist a stalled coal train on the climb to Palmer Lake if needed.
BNSF 1923 in Santa Fe paint leads a stack of hoppers and and some flats south along the Joint Line.