Running on the wrong left-hand main is the South Seattle-Alliance merchandise/intermodal train that can be seen through a stone arch bridge at Spruce just north of Palmer Lake, Colorado on March 1... (more)
Thick smoke from numerous wildfires fills the sky creating hazy atmospheric conditions. A loaded BNSF coal train waits in the sag at Spruce just north of Palmer Lake, Colorado on Main 1 as the Bel... (more)
An unusual for this local exSanta Fe B40 leads the twice a week southbound on the normal northbound only main two Pikes Peak Local towards Palmer Lake adjacent Spruce siding located on main one.
On top of the bluffs on Spruce Mountain, a coal load and coal empty make a perfect meet at Spruce just north of Palmer Lake, Colorado on January 24, 2016. The coal empty has just crossed onto form... (more)
Looking high above at the bluffs from Spruce Mountain, one can see southbound Mill, Texas coal loads working up the grade on Main 1 at Spruce just north of Palmer Lake, Colorado on January 24, 201... (more)
BNSF coal loads grinding up grade en-route to Texas.
A northbound coal empty makes the transition from ex Santa Fe trackage to ex DRGW trackage passing a waiting southbound coal load that is half on exDRGW track in forground and ex Santa Fe track in... (more)
BNSF's twice weekly southbound Pikes Peak Local was passing Spruce siding a couple miles north of Palmer Lake
BNSF 9029 sits on the rear of a southbound coal train stopped in The Sag at Spruce, CO as freshly-fallen snow blows off of Pikes Peak as a harbinger of what's to come. The Pikes Peak Region was u... (more)
Southbound BNSF coal load climbing toward top of Palmer Divide adjacemt to Spruce siding on normal northbound only main #2
From this vantage point it's easy to see how much elevation change this tank train has undergone as it moves off the original Santa Fe track and onto the ex-Rio Grande right of way. What isn't se... (more)
After getting a clear signal at Palmer Lake, a loaded coal train starts up out of the sag at Spruce before completing their climb up the grade to the Palmer Divide.
Northbound BNSF manifest routed on normal southbound only main #1 snaking through the "sag" two miles north of Palmer Lake
As the sun continues to lower in the west, the BNSF's Laurel, MT - Pueblo, CO manifest enters the sag at Spruce and continues up the grade to Palmer Lake, CO.
Stacks on the Joint Line...something you don't see every day! Actually, these are empties and this is a "repo" train, meaning the railroad is repositioning these empty containers to ano... (more)