The riders of the California Zephyr are presented with a magical winter wonderland as the previous night's heavy snow blankets the trees and flatirons of Eldorado Mountain.
There is not a lot to see on this day in the BNSF engine servicing yard, but what is there provides a splash of Burlington Northern Cascade Green and BNSF orange.
UP 2543 (ES44AC-H) has just delivered a load of coal to the powerplant south of Colorado Springs and is ready to hit the Joint Line for another run.
UP 7354 (ES44AC) leads a triple header hauling some scrap metal gondolas through Fountain, Colorado.
A fresh layer of snow from the previous day has blanketed the Colorado Front Range, making the orange paint of BNSF 5838 (AC4400CW) stand out as it leads a loaded coal through Fountain, Colorado.
The Moffat Tunnel Sub is active with a pair of Union Pacific freight trains.
BNSF 6228 (ES44AC) and an executive MAC passes an ice fisherman on Palmer Lake.
Amtrak 175 leads the Colorado Ski Train over Coal Creek Canyon Road and will soon make the climb up to Tunnel #1 as it heads towards the Winter Park Ski Resort.
The morning's Colorado Ski Train passes a BNSF freight (with assisting UP engine) which has taken the siding at Big Ten Curve.
It's Warbonnet Wednesday as BNSF 7078 (ES44C4) leads the 'Z' train past Barr Lake in Brighton, Colorado as it races towards Denver.
Warbonnet BNSF 738 (Dash 9) still looks good and brings a bit of color to the otherwise orange BNSF yard in Denver, Colorado.
UP 7080 (AC4400CW) shoves a coal train through the S curve under Highway 93 as it heads towards Denver.
BNSF 2778 (GP39-3) and mates hold station at the downtown Longmont Depot. Behind the engines is the large housing complex being built where the former Butterball processing factory once stood.
A bright sunrise provides the opportunity to get a profile silhouette of BNSF 9295 (SD70ACe) passing Barr Lake in Brighton, Colorado.
AMTK 169 leads the California Zephyr around the Big Ten Curve as it climbs the steep grade towards the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The coal cars you see are parked there permanently as a wind break... (more)