RailPictures.Net Photo: UP 5263 Union Pacific GE ES44AC at Tie Siding, Wyoming by Coloradorailphotographer
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Union Pacific (more..)
GE ES44AC (more..)
UP Laramie Subdivision  (more..)
Tie Siding, Wyoming, USA (more..)
June 21, 2017
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UP 5263  (more..)
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the Granite of the Overland Route

Westbound out of the Hermosa Tunnels into Tie Siding on an early June evening UP #5263 leads a diverse manifest. The Sherman Granite is rich in epidote, a green mineral, and lichens together with the red feldspar imparts to it a mottled red and green color. Although hard when unaltered the Sherman granite breaks up readily into a coarse gravelly soil under the influence of heat, cold, and the action of water, so that it forms smooth, round hills. Where the rock is firm it weathers along widely spaced joints and forms heaps of rounded bowlders. These bowlders are like great faces, rock people, one even called in mythos the Pink Panther.
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