With their dynamic breaks howling, UP coal loads fight gravity descending the horse-shoe shaped Gilluly Loop at a crawl speed after setting off their four pack of manned helpers at Soldier Summit.... (more)
Utah Railway 9006 descends Gilluly with a loaded coal train. Seeing the F45 in the head end consist was a bit rare. It spent most of it's day sandwiched in the helper set. (Tom Ellis photo).
The grade involved in descending the Gilluly Loops is evident in this view of a westbound Rio Grande freight approaching the Route 6 overpass.
BNSF 5368 leads a Dash9 and SD75M in native colors on an eastbound manifest climbing the grade to Soldier Summit as it passes the west end of Gilluly on a summer morning.
BNSF's Provo,UT - Denver,CO manifest works hard up the 2% grade leading to the upper Gilully Loop near Soldier Summit.
Arriving at Gilluly, Utah, the Rio Grande Zephyr enters the first horseshoe curve and is about to duck under Route 6.
A loaded Union Pacific coal train eases down the 2% grade at the lower Gilluly loop after cresting Solider Summit.
Four Tunnel motors, with a loaded coal train coming off Gilluly, with dynamics brakes screaming. SD40-T's 5363, 5406, 5390, and 5345 are doing the honors. Tom Ellis photo.
Riding with dad, chasing the Zephyr, I was six at the time. Time is running out for the Zephyr over the Rio Grande main.
A Union Pacific officer car special from Helper to Sparks descends the loops at Gilluly, Utah.
With a relatively shorter empty coal train. These four units flew right up the Gilluly Loop with their train.
The Roper to Helper Manifest. Is on the west end of the Gilluly loop. UP 6392 is of Southern Pacific heritage.
Front and back, the whole train. UP 5973 flies up the Gilluly loop with it's empty Long Beach to West Elk coal train.
Gilluly loop is the go to, for turning around an evening eastbound, on the old Rio Grande. Three BNSF ES44AC 6103, 6011, and 5948 and DPU 9245 7701 move this trackage rights train across the Union... (more)