GEC #E002 (Expert)

Stourbridge Lion Apr 27, 2008

  1. gvcborders

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    I'm searching here at work......this is driving me crazy....I've searched pretty much all of the Amtrak stations in the US...doesn't seem to be any of those....that round object seems to look like a silo of some sort, but doesn't make sense sitting over the track like that with passenger trains beneath it. Not sure exactly what I'm looking at there. Time to keep looking.....
     
  2. Another ATSF Admirer

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    Hmm...
    Assuming it is the Continental USA, which by now it should be given the friendly Little Red Box, the shadows should run something like up-down; which has lead me to rotate the picture until the tracks run east-west, with the "station" south of the river.

    Personally I think the big round thing to the right is/has a construction crane atop it; I believe that's scaffolding I can see sticking out over the river.

    It's interesting that the first Expert was The Pope's Train Station. I'm wondering if this is similarly some sort of 'special' location; meaning all we have to do is guess what the definition of 'special' used here was. Or, Darren is just being mean and this is a completely random location :D

    It's getting so I'm tempted to post a list of places where it's Not.
    It's Not:
    • Topeka, KS
    • Manhattan, KS
    • Kansas City, KS/MO
    • Springfield, MO
    • Saint Joseph, MO / Elwood, KS
    • Atchison, KS
    • Rulo, KS
    • Nebraska City, NE
    • Lincoln, NE (about the limit north)
    • Colorado Springs, CO
    • Pueblo, CO
    • La Junta, CO
    • Albuquerque, NM
    • Santa Fe, NM
    • El Paso, TX
    • Wichita Falls, TX
    • Tulsa, OK
    • Little Rock, AR
    • Pine Bluff, AR
    • Greenville, MS (about the limit east)
    • Saint Louis, MO (ditto east)
    • Washington, MO

    Mmm...
    For me, I think the next clue should be something like Who Owns The Rails; rather than a red box change. Some obscure factoid that might tangentially help without giving it away or narrowing the search area excessively.

    Feel free to add locations It Aint. Maybe we can set an alphabetical list up someplace? ;)
     
  3. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes & No

    More Clues to come...

    Hint #1: So far ATSF list of where it's not is correct.

    :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:​
     
  4. gvcborders

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    Addition to list

    Added to list.
     
  5. gvcborders

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    Ok, the more I search the Great Plains, the more I'm thinking that this is probably on a fairly busy shipping channel due to many silos with booms/cranes/whatchamacallits that come that are next to a station. BUT, I haven't found the right one. :(
    I am also second guessing that because there have been numerous fields that are so finely plowed that they LOOK like the water and that color. I'm still looking!

    Searched most of Missouri, Colorado, and central Kansas so far.
     
  6. Scott Stutzman

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    Could be a small town grain elevator/silo anywhere on any line in the midwest..... I'm not so sure it's a passenger station.
    It's not anywhere near Newton, KS. :tb-rolleyes:
     
  7. Stourbridge Lion

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    ROTFLMAO

    :rn-laugh::rn-laugh::rn-laugh::rn-laugh:
     
  8. Another ATSF Admirer

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    You're right; there are a couple of places where the field is the right colour / texture to be mistaken for that "water".
    Not many over the whole of the lil red box; but enough to make it a somewhat harder search space.

    And now Darren is laughing at us :(

    Still no clues here. I could add some more town's that it's not - but if it's really a silo in the middle of nowhere, that doesn't help anyone.

    Darren: What's the approximate population of the nearest town? - might make for a nice clue :p
     
  9. Stourbridge Lion

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    Hint #2: Darren and Lisa both have traveled on this passenger train many years ago and it was at this depot that we got on board.

    :tb-rolleyes: :tb-rolleyes: :tb-rolleyes: :tb-rolleyes:​
     
  10. Another ATSF Admirer

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    Oh, Hanging Bridge, Royal Gorge, Colorado.
    Guess you can't see the yellow car sides from above?

    But you'd pick that train up in Pueblo, CO; which we agreed it wasn't (and doesn't match)
    Or Cañon City, CO; which probably packs out from 38°26'18.77"N 105°14'25.31"W - guessing by the passenger train parked there. but that's not it.

    So either I'm wrong about the depot, or I'm wrong about the trip. either way I'm late for work :)
     
  11. gvcborders

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    Darren, I'm guessing that it's not in your Blog's or your RRAdventures site either! At least that I haven't found yet! Hell, I even went to Mexico on your international travels to see if it was down there!

    I'm running out of ideas on where it might be...I think I've searched every rail line so far and I haven't found it yet. I even searched Tiny Town!

    My luck, GE version 4.3 that I have probably doesn't show the trains or is in a different color now! Oh well....back to the search.
     
  12. Stourbridge Lion

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    Just a casual observer here, but since the engine looks like maybe an F unit, a tourist line perhaps?
     
  14. Another ATSF Admirer

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    I'm looking for one solitary building somewhere near the state of Colorado... Has anyone seen it?
    I mean, how hard can this be? ;)
    Google obligingly hands me every Amtrak station in the red box; and it's none of them. That was easy. Let's start following tracks:

    From Dodge City (KS), west through Howell, Cimarron, Charleston, Garden City, Lankin, Syracuse, Holly (CO), Kornman, Lubers. Flat land, not very touristy.
    From Holly west through Grenada, Lamar (Hedley?), Las Animas, La Junta (already ruled out). Still flat and not overly touristy.
    Now things get interesting. South to Trinidad? All the way to Raton NM? Although that's probably off the map. No sign down that way anyway
    Or West to Pueblo? Still nothing

    From Pueblo, west via the pre-dam and the post-dam routes, Canon City, and then every little town, all the way to Leadville; and that's the west end of the map.
    Maybe the southern crossing? Past the junction at Walsenburg, through La Veta and Alamosa - there's a tourist train from there to Chama NM (off the map and too low res besides).

    Still no hits, so that only really leaves the Northern path heading west from Denver, hiding behind the minimap...
    Oh, and let me spend a while ruling out Denver itself.
    There's a nice museum at Golden, but no river and no depot and no round crane thing.
    Heading west. Pay close attention to "Plainview" - with a name like that, the depot could be, well, in Plain view... <ducks>
    Tunnel to Winter Park - that saves searching, Fraser, Granby and Kremmling at 106.22W by 40.03N is probably the top-left corner of the Map.

    So that's it, I still have no idea where it is; instead I've got about four hours of my life I'll never get back; a rather more extensive knowledge of Colorado rails; and the feeling that I've fallen for the trap Darren has set!

    Let's see how y'all get on! :tb-cute: :tb-biggrin:

    Maybe we can convince Darren to tell us how wide the "river" is? No pictures, just a measurement.
     
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  15. Stourbridge Lion

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    Hint #3

    What river, I see no river?

    :tb-tongue: :tb-tongue: :tb-tongue: :tb-tongue:​
     
  16. Scott Stutzman

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    39°46'47.88"N 105° 3'18.08"W
     
  17. Scott Stutzman

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    Looks like an amusement park in Denver/Lakeside. Thank god!:tb-wacky:
     
  18. Hytec

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    Again Darren shows he is capable of thinking outside the box, this time to a more SINISTER level! :tb-hissyfit:

    Well done Scott, though I now am beginning doubt your mental state. Your thought process is becoming more like Darren's every day......:tb-shocked:
     
  19. gvcborders

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    WOW!

    Congrats Scott! I can honestly say I don't think I would have EVER found that one. Now we know the gloves are off and EVERYTHING is in play. This is going to get interesting on the next one!

    Darren, That was just plain mean :) Is that still an active amusement park? Is it a static display or does it loop around the lake?
     
  20. Stourbridge Lion

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    This was actaully a hidden hint to say that you were all way of cource and I used the Clown laughs for the "amusement" park aspect.

    Lisa and I both have ridden this train as young children (before either of us had a cameras; hence no RRAdventures listing) and yes it's still in operation running around the lake.

    In the early games my Tiny Town game (Google Earth Contest #58) was found quickly but my Lakeside Amusement Park had you going for awhile now. The park openned 100 Years ago this season, yes another "Special" spot picked.

    http://www.lakesideamusementpark.com/History.php <-- Includes history about the train
     

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