It is only five minutes after sunrise at 5:45am as the eastbound MPVNY winds through the curves at Blue Mountain, 22 miles west of Denver on UP's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision.
Amtrak 5 the California Zephyr climbing the front range approaching Tunnel 1.
UP 6668 West rounding the base of Blue Mountain
UP 5765 west winds through Coal Creek Canyon. That little tiny cloud at the top of the mountains turned into a thunderhead in about an hour, had me scrambling down the hill.
Spanning the base of Coal Creek Canyon, a westbound train with empty hoppers crosses over Colorado Route 72.
The Great Plains and Downtown Denver fade in the background as this BNSF freight begins its ascent of the Rocky Mountains at the base of Coal Creek Canyon.
The Rio Grande Heritage unit (UP 1989) is aglow as it heads westbound at the base of Coal Creek Canyon on the Moffat Tunnel route.
The Ski Train snakes away from Tunnel 1 as it continues westward.
The Ski Train climbs away from the Great Plains as it enters the base of Coal Creek Canyon.
The Ski Train is about to enter Tunnel 1 on its morning run up to Winter Park. Heavy snow the previous day closed I-70 and will make mountain road travel slow on this day. A great day to take the ... (more)
Under crystal clear skies, UP 1989 makes a rare appearance on the point of the Ski Train. The train is approaching Tunnel 1 on its way toward Winter Park.
High winds led to several snow drifts across the rails along the Front Range. The Rio Grande Heritage Unit leads the Ski Train through one such drift.
East bound coal drag heads for Denver near 80th street grade crossing, Arvada, CO.
This westbound California Zephyr was more than seven hours late getting to the Rocky Mountains. Usually a morning train, it left Denver as the sun went down.
A quiet Colorado morning the day after a foot of snow fell in the second blizzard in 9 days. UP coal load is tied down on the siding at Leyden amongst the fog that has set in due to chilly early m... (more)