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Photo ID: 641756

After negotiating the loops at Crater, westbound empties pass Crater Siding; Rock Creek Canyon is just ahead.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Crater, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 164
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 07, 1997


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By: Ed Wolfe

Added: Dec 20, 2017

Views: 1,964
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Photo ID: 641570

A pair of AC4400CWs serve as the rear helpers on an empty train leaving Phippsburg, CO. The train will proceed north-northwest along the branch for loading in the Steamboat Springs area.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Phippsburg, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 336
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 07, 1997


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By: Ed Wolfe

Added: Dec 18, 2017

Views: 1,436
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Photo ID: 567186

In 1966, there were only two ways into remote Rock Creek Canyon, between Crater and Volcano on Rio Grande’s Craig Branch in northwestern Colorado. One was to hike along the track from the nearest ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Alco PA-1
Location: Rock Creek Canyon, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 6003
Train ID: Train 10
Photo Date: March 06, 1966


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By: Bill Marvel

Added: Feb 24, 2016

Views: 9,949
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Photo ID: 560335

A Rio Grande signal maintainer does routine maintenance and testing of the east switch at Steamboat, Colorado, on the Craig Branch on the morning of September 9, 1992.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: none
Location: Steamboat, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: n/a
Train ID: n/a
Photo Date: September 09, 1992


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Dec 30, 2015

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Photo ID: 555219

A few years ago UP ran an Operation Life Saver special on the former Rio Grande Craig Branch. A friend and I drove up the night before and took a few night photos in the Phippsburg Yard. The next ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD E9(A)
Location: Phippsburg, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 951
Train ID: OLS
Photo Date: June 28, 2007


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Nov 20, 2015

Views: 3,100
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Favorited: 21


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Photo ID: 515020

A UP coal train climbs through Volcano en route to Phippsburg where they will change crews and continue to the one of the coal loadouts for another load. The scenery is as spectacular as ever but ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Volcano, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 6684
Train ID: Empty Coal
Photo Date: November 23, 2008


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Jan 18, 2015

Views: 2,104
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Photo ID: 514023

In between trips to Alaska in the summer of 2008 I made a few trips to photograph UP operations on Rio Grande's former Craig Branch. An empty coal train has just departed Orestod and is climbing t... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: Bond, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 6047
Train ID: Empty Coal
Photo Date: June 29, 2008


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Jan 11, 2015

Views: 2,824
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Favorited: 18
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Photo ID: 428153

Richard Beal photo: The late great DRGW moving some coal out of Steamboat with a shiny SD50 on the front and some more normally dirty power behind.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5517
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: February, 1993


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By: Beal Collection

Added: Mar 11, 2013

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Photo ID: 417061

With a fine dusting of snow having fallen overnight, Union Pacific 7226 heads out of the P-Burg yard with this Eastbound loaded coal train.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Phippsburg, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 7226
Train ID: CEYPS-16
Photo Date: November 17, 2012


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By: John Shine

Added: Dec 06, 2012

Views: 1,823
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Photo ID: 347821

The Phippsburg Local left Phippsburg with a combination of empty open and covered hoppers. After setting off 22 open hoppers at Edna Mine near Oak Creek, the crew continued west (north) to place t... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40M-2
Location: Oak Creek, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8642
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 30, 1994


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By: Ed Wolfe

Added: Dec 07, 2010

Views: 2,770
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Photo ID: 333144

An empty hopper train on the Craig Branch rolls throught the double S curves (Crater Loops) in route to the coalfields west of Steamboat Springs.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: SD40M
Location: Crater, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 8578
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 02, 1994


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By: Ed Wolfe

Added: Jul 30, 2010

Views: 7,049
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Favorited: 45
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Photo ID: 267868

UP's Craig Local rolls by the former site of the Edna Mine on clear but cold December day.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: Haybro, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 5862
Train ID: LDZ11
Photo Date: December 29, 2008


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Jan 19, 2009

Views: 2,408
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Photo ID: 265869

UP's Craig local departs Phippsburg with loads for Craig. It will be a non stop trip to Craig where then the local will spend several hours switching the local industries on a very cold second to ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: Phippsburg, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 5869
Train ID: LDZ411
Photo Date: December 30, 2008


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Jan 04, 2009

Views: 4,658
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Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 265711

A rare treat is to see a manifest on the Craig Branch. On December 30th the MPHNYX is about to cross hwy 131 in Bond, CO on what was a cold but spectacular winter day.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW-CTE
Location: Bond, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: 5802
Train ID: MPHNYX
Photo Date: December 30, 2008


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By: Frank Keller

Added: Jan 03, 2009

Views: 2,837
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Photo ID: 230937

A rail train holds the Craig Branch mainline awaiting traffic to clear in Bond. A bit of patience on my part helped a little as a glimmer of sunshine briefly lights up the engines.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Bond, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 3759
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 10, 2008


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By: Scott McClarrinon

Added: Apr 10, 2008

Views: 3,684
Comments: 3

Favorited: 5
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