On April 9, 2016, an eastbound Union Pacific loaded oil train pops out of Tunnel 1 into a small pocket of sunshine (literally) on a gorgeous spring afternoon in Coal Creek Canyon.
The sun comes in and out as loaded oil cans from Wash, Utah descend the 2-percent grade as the train negotiates the horseshoe curve in Coal Creek Canyon just west of Denver along the Moffat Road o... (more)
With a new crew on duty, a North Platte, NE to TG Soda, WY manifest departs out of Cheyenne as a BNSF coal train departs as well with a new crew.
UP 5716 charges out of Cheyenne with five on the point and one mid train DPU on this westbound manifest as a BNSF northbound coal train gets a new crew.
A BNSF grain train waits behind an intermodal train which is waiting for a parade of westbounds as a UP train passes on the Palmdale Cutoff.
At 0734, I heard in the scanner: "UP detector - Mile Post 377.0 - Track 1 - 472 axles - No defect - Speed 24 mph". Then at 0740, at Mile Post 379 of the Mojave Sub, I shot my first picture of the ... (more)
UP 5716 southbound meets northbound UP 5010.
The train has crested the summit a few miles back and is now running out from under the storms