BNSF 8794 SD70ACe muscles an empty coal towards Denver, Colorado, whos skyline can be seen in the background.
Grinding up the Palmer Divide.
Pikes Peak Subdivision
Still in the shadows moments before a fast moving northbound coal leans into the curve at MP36.
Ice and Beaver Dams
Crawling up grade near dusk at Larkspur a southbound loaded coal makes its way across the classic Santa Fe bridge over Carpenter Creek. Ice and a delightful... (more)
Northbound at track speed the last light of the day still strikes the face of Castle Rock and my subject.
Looking more like the transcon than the unit coal train ridden Pikes Peak Sub. A 4-pack of GE’s stretch out between Sedalia and Castle Rock. The train had a large group of mostly Fed Ex Trailers u... (more)
Just before noon and with a fresh crew on board, 6017 leads a southbound coal down the Joint Line at the Oxford/City of Sheridan Light Rail Station.
After receiving a crew change at Englewood, 6017 and train cross over to track 1 and proceed south down the Joint Line just before noon.
The Smell of Fresh Paint
I can still smell the paint curing as 6017 the 25th Anniversary BNSF Heritage locomotive passes me south of Spruce.
BNSF 6017 stands out from the rest of this train as the newly painted unit leads a unit coal train south down the Joint Line.
One of the 25th anniversary units leads a Southbound unit coal train down the Joint Line on a Saturday afternoon. Definitely one of the cleanest units I’ve ever seen on a coal train!
2 GE’s lead a unit grain train southbound down the Joint Line, whole 4 more GE’s assist on the rear.
Rio Grande Heritage at Acequia
Southbound MNYPU is southbound on a pleasant early Spring day on the Colorado Joint Line through the meadows of Acequia, CO.
An empty coal train continues downhill rolling off the last few miles to Denver passing by the tranquil Spring Gulch Pond.
A rebuilt 70MAC leads loaded coal buckets Out of Castle Rock. A MACe leading on the Joint Line is a fairly rare sight, so this was a nice treat to chase.