Generally speaking, UP's daily North Yard, CO to Roper, UT manifest is called at 3:30am. The process from call time to departure is typically 3-4 hours for the MNYRO. The result is usually an earl... (more)
UP 1996 descends into Arvada, Colorado with the MRONY 27 in tow.
Making a rare appearance in Colorado, UP 1996 (the Southern Pacific Heritage Unit) leads the MRONYX-28 in to Denver. The train is leaving the east end of Rocky and headed for the west entrance to ... (more)
As quickly as it came to Denver, it left Denver! UP 1996 came in on the MNYRO the day before. After a night in Denver, it was setup as the sole DPU on the tail end of the MNYRO. Back to Utah!
On a frigid December morning, an eastbound BNSF manifest winds its way through the S-curves at the base of Coal Creek Canyon. You can see the back half of the train, descending from Tunnel One in ... (more)
An eastbound UP manifest meets a westbound BNSF manifest at Plain. Sadly, coal traffic on the Moffat has decreased by 80% (yeah, that is not a typo!) since 2005. That translates to an average of o... (more)
The hum of dynamic brakes fills the air as two Union Pacific AC4400CW's ease a loaded coal train from West Elk Mine down the grade near Leyden in Arvada, Colorado on this sunny and chilly Christma... (more)
A westbound manifest pulls the grade in early morning sun at Tunnel One on the Moffat Road. The new heavy GE is at home pulling the grades of the Moffat Road....
This 73 car sand train is climbing the Leyden Mesa and making every use of available horsepower on the 2%+ grade. Sunday boaters are making good use of Stanley Lake in the background. The large to... (more)
Twisting thru the horseshoe curve in Coal Creek Canyon this westbound sand train stacks over itself on the 2+ percent climb up the Rockies.
This sand train is one of the heavier trains I have witnessed climb the Moffat Road. The trains power is distributed 3x3 with the swing DPU just out of sight in a cut to the left of the photo. The... (more)
A pair of KCS engines are visiting the Moffat Tunnel line as they head West of Denver between the sidings of Rocky and Eisele.
Two former Southern Pacific AC4400CW's, now patched for the UP lead an eastbound loaded coal train down the 2-percent grade into the suburb of Arvada, Colorado at Leyden on September 14, 2015.
Amtrak #5 heads west rounding the 10 degree curves at Rocky, Colorado. A wet summer has left the grass fairly green for early August. Passengers have a gorgeous day to enjoy the views....