Help on the Hill

slimjim375 Jul 3, 2000

  1. slimjim375

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    Here are some shots taken 29 May 2000 on my road trip to Helper, Utah. The first is 6 units cut into the middle of a UP coal train at Utah Railway Junction heading west up Price River Canyon. The head end power was two UP SD90/43AC's and a SP C44AC.

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    Another shot at the same location.

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    This shot was taken as the help was heading into Nolan Tunnel. I caught them at both sides as the tunnel is only 400+' long but was in the shadows.

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    Manoman.....all those tunnelmotors....in black and gold......with no UP in sight....where's that plane ticket to Utah?!?! [​IMG]

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    Y-Bob,

    This one was loaded out at Savage in Wellington on the CV spur.



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    Mankind,

    They run that way everyday. Just hop a plane to SLC, rent a car and head 110 miles south [​IMG].



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  7. Ron Carlisle

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    Hey Jim, what a beautiful sight, and fairly clean for a change.
    I am going to have to rob a bank or win the lottery soon and get back out there again.
    (I last visited in 1993)

    Keep up the good work
     
  8. Alan

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    Like Ron, the rest of us Brits can only drool over such awesome sights! We can only get over there once in a while, and then it is difficult to know where to go [​IMG] - No it isn't, I'm going back to Southern California, must have more of Tehachapi and Cajon [​IMG]

    Matt then wants to go to the North West, but those DRGW trains sure look tempting [​IMG]

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  9. Ben

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    Anywhere in Colorado, Utah or California would be fantastic but a couple weeks railfanning on the Moffat Line or the Joint Line would be sheer heaven - don't suppose I shall ever get there though; so keep those fantastic photos coming; tunnel motors sure beat HSTs and Thameslink electrics for interest!

    Ben
     
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    Outstanding photos, nice job!!!

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  11. Ron Carlisle

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    Oi Ben, Leave Thameslink electrics alone. I have to drive the darn things to earn holiday money. If you want to pick on anyone, pick on Connem er Connex. The've got as much idea of running trains as I have flying the space shuttle. And the trains are not much better.
    Still if I win the lottery, I will be spending a long time on the Moffat Line and the Joint Line.
    That is, if I can get she who must be obeyed to agree as well.
     
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    O K Ron, I suppose its just a question of what you are used to, but a bit more variety on some of the UK railways would help to keep interest levels higher. I know they've got to make money and you (and I) have to make a living doing what we know best.

    I'm actually very fond of what I still like to call the Midland railway and am old enough to remember 2-6-4 tanks and trains of maroon suburban coaches and 8Fs and 9Fs that used to terrify me as they rumbled over the bridge at Mill Hill Broadway c1956.

    Sorry, I've got off subject a bit; I would love to see more photos of DRGW motive power.

    Ben
     
  13. Alan

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    There is a lot of non-Rio Grande action on the Moffat Tunnel line between Denver and Bond. For true Rio Grande, the only place is Helper, Utah. there are 11 SD40T-2's there as of 0900MDT today. I post a list of all Rio Grande units in the states of Colorado and Utah every day on the Daily Trace page on my site. As far as sheer beauty, you can not beat Colorado.



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  15. Ben

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    Alan, I'll lend you my "Trains on Location" "Moffatt Line" video next time we meet and you can get some idea of the best train watching spots and other relevant information.

    Ben
     
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    To Alan & Ben

    Ben - I too can remember numerous kinds of steam engines throughout the country!!! - So we are both giving our age away.

    With reference to the Rockies and where the best place to see them in Colorado is, see if you can get hold of the following videos:

    "Rails along the Rockies" for the Joint Line
    "Rio Grande Odyssey" for Colorado and Utah
    "Rio Grande Today" for the Moffat Road

    I got these from Steam Powered Video.

    "Rails along the Rockies" deals mainly with trains during the late 1980s, but it does give an idea where the best locations along the Joint Line are situated.

    Another set of videos is the SPV "Cab Rides"
    between Denver and Grand Junction. This is a set of 4 tapes but you do get a good look at the Moffat Road and the old Rio Grande Road from Dotsero to Grand Junction. These should help in conjunction with the new Joint Line video from Kalmbach.

    Hope this information is of some use to you.

    Rio Grande - Main Line thru the Rockies
     
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    Thanks Ron, I'll keep a look out for those videos. I'm not worried about how old I am - I wld have missed an awful lot of interesting stuff on the railways if I had been younger.

    Ben
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by slimjim375:
    There is a lot of non-Rio Grande action on the Moffat Tunnel line between Denver and Bond. For true Rio Grande, the only place is Helper, Utah. there are 11 SD40T-2's there as of 0900MDT today. I post a list of all Rio Grande units in the states of Colorado and Utah every day on the Daily Trace page on my site. As far as sheer beauty, you can not beat Colorado.

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    BINGO! You hit on the ONE main reason why I moved back out West after 32 years! And to me, not only Colorado, but Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and the other states of the intermountain West.
    I miss the shortlines and Class 1s I chased & shot down South, and will treasure those memories & photos all my life, but I'm
    having a ball acquainting myself with the local RR scene.




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