BNSF 5917 slowly leads loaded coal south through Spruce. After cresting the Palmer Divide, this train's B unit malfunctioned and the crew had to stop between the switches in Monument, thus becomi... (more)
Loaded coal strains through the Greenland Open Space as it ascends the grade toward the Palmer Divide. It only takes a small hike to get this view, but Spruce Mountain is probably the best spot a... (more)
A northbound manifest runs through the Greenland Open Space behind a pair of AC-powered units.
The Jointline was hopping on this Sunday as 2 SB, a coal load and a manifest wait on 4 Nortbounds at Spruce during a down pour. I was hoping the sun would come out before the last of the Northboun... (more)
The Jointline was hopping on this Sunday as 2 SB, a coal load and a manifest wait on 4 Nortbounds at Spruce after a down pour.
Reminiscent of power from a two decades before, a set of three SD40-2s of BN/ATSF heritage begins the descent down the Palmer Divide toward Denver.
Who said you can't see the end of a rainbow! Look at the cart near the center of the photo...looks like the end to me...however, I didn't see a pot of gold! A huge storm front just passed over the... (more)
This pony's a long way from home: NS 2681 leads the charge north through Spruce on Main 2 with a short hopper train while a pair of ACes sit on Main 1 as distributed power.
BNSF will sometimes leave a "just-in-case" helper near the Palmer Divide, either along the northbound track in Palmer Lake or along the southbound main on the siding at Spruce. Here, a picturesqu... (more)
A southbound, which has been waiting in the sag north of Spruce on SP's ex-D&RGW Joint Line trackage, has just received permission to proceed towards Palmer Lake divide .
Coal loads are passing by the remnants of the old flyover and starting the snake-like descent into "the sag" just prior to the Palmer Divide on a gorgeous and unseasonably warm Colorado afternoon.
It took 33 minutes to travel all of 6.8 miles from the Santa Fe bridge in Larkspur, but this southbound loaded coal train has finally made it to the old flyover just north of the Palmer Divide.
A coal load winds its way through the S-Curves located at the "Sag" about two miles north of Palmer Lake along the Joint Line.
A southbound coal load pulls toward the top of the Palmer Divide (at Palmer Lake) on Main One while a northbound empty darts by at track speed on Main Two. An October storm brought an inch or so o... (more)
CSDU hoppers head toward the Joint Line summit at Palmer Lake. The old flyover bridge abutment from the original grade is visible off to the right of the train.