Another late night visit to Kelker found me shooting an older pair of EMD's this time. The Pike's Peak local ran south during the day, and will return to Denver tomorrow morning. For a picture of ... (more)
As we all froze for the 13 second exposure under moonlight, these two SD60M's that power'ed' the Pike's Peak local wait for sunrise to return to Denver.
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.
BNSF 1700 and company continue to sort cars in the ex/ ATSF yard. A few employees shoot the Shhh... Stuff off to the side.
Coasting in with extra power up front is another coal load.
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.
After reaching the top of the hill a few miles back in Palmer Lake, this coal drag can ride its' dynamics down grade to Denver. It gets cold, and stays cold up here at only 6750ish feet.
After exiting a slow order, this manifest rapidly picks up speed on the climb to Palmer Lake.
A long heavy manifest with pool power climbs quickly up the grade in the warm light.
Two veteran 70MAC's weeze under the weight of all this coal they're pulling upgrade.
Amazing what a 5 minute walk can do to a very popular location on a perfect day.
There's nothing like it. A perfect Colorado winter day. Upper 40's; Sunny; trains are rollin'; and i'm out and about doing my favorite thing in my favorite place.
BNSF power is being refueled in the heart of they ex/ ATSF yard in Pueblo CO. The ex/ Virginia Rail Authority GP40PH-2 rebuild is headed to the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway in Canon City that travel... (more)