Monday, March 31, 2008
Notices of delay like this one is going to be a repeating theme over the next couple of months as crews struggle to clear errant rock slides from the right of way. The melting snows release their water and it flows down between the cracks in the rocks. When the water re-freezes into ice, the odd expansive property of freezing water works to push on both sides of the fracture, sometimes popping off the side of the mountain and falling on whatever (or whoever) is below.
It's the main way that the mountains lose those stubborn winter pounds in time for summer. The rest is just water weight from the snowpack. It's above average this season, which means an opportunity for some good water shots, especially on the western slope--if you can afford a fill-up. Use a telephoto to pull in those rapids next to the rails. Be safe and have fun!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
"They are just absurd in what they are wanting to do," said Stephanie Olsen whoIt's the opinion of this blog that unless the Olsen's want to become very unpopular for putting their interest above the community's, they should just let the EPA dig. It's one thing to make a point about landowner's rights, quite another to put the community at risk because you want a few bucks. The point has been made and they should let it go ahead. Or were Leadville's citizens not in that great a danger to begin with?
co-owns the tourist train, Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, with her
husband. "This is taking property without just compensation." Click here for more from 9News.com
Monday, March 24, 2008
Here's an alphabetical listing of Colorado's scenic and tourist railroads and the scheduled date of beginning summer operation schedules.
- Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow-Gauge Railroad - May 19th
- Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - May 24th
- Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Already open, May 3rd begin service to Silverton
- Georgetown Loop Railroad - May 24th
- Leadville, Colorado & Southern - May 24th
- Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway - Already Open, May 17th begin summer schedule
- Platte Valley Trolley - TBA
- Rio Grande Scenic Railroad - May 24th
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad - Already Open, May 24th begin daily summer schedule
- Ski Train, summer - TBA
Please contact the railroads via their web sites for more information or to book tickets. The announced dates have already been added to the Colorado Railroads Calendar.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Time to buy more tape, more DVD-Rs and charge up the batteries. Opening days are not far away at all!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
"When is Railfest this year?"
"What chapter meetings are coming up in the next month?"
"My railfan friend is coming to Colorado 6 months from now. I wonder what we could do together?"
One of the biggest challenges for the railfan in Colorado is to keep up with all the different events and activities that they can be a part of. Colorado Railroads blog now has its own public Google calendar to give you one place to look for special events and activities conducted by the railroads and organizations in Colorado!
If you want to stay up to date on the latest happenings, click the Events tab the events tab at the top of the page, or you can bookmark this entry and come back often. If you are a Google Calendar user, you can add it directly to your own calendar. Just click the (+ Google) button below the calendar.
If you want to put this up at your own site, here's your links:
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
That must have been an interesting sight coming down I-25!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday morning, in Arvada, 28-year-old Alan Cardenas of Aurora was accused of throwing a chair at a passing train. The train was either on the BNSF branch to Golden or the UP Moffat Tunnel main line near the point where the two lines diverge. The initial report of a rifle being fired at a train prompted police to close down the area, including a portion of Sheridan Boulevard just north of I-76. The police interviewed the man and later arrested him when they found debris of a chair next to the tracks.
There is no reported indication which train was involved (freight, Ski Train or Amtrak) or whether the chair was actually thrown or placed in the path of the train. The charge against Cardenas is throwing missiles and also endangering public transportation.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The $684.4 million, 41-mile line would use BNSF's existing single track and add a second track between Denver and Boulder. The second track would permit RTD to continue commuter service throughout the day while BNSF serves its freight customers.The issue, of course, is capacity. Can RTD pay an estimate $45 Million for a second set of tracks to keep trains moving between Boulder and Longmont or are they going to need to shift passengers to the bus route? Negotiations continue between RTD and BNSF.
But the existing single track between Boulder and Longmont would be closed to passenger service for four hours during the day for freight trains and maintenance.
Friday, March 7, 2008
- Work Session A - May 12-16
- Work Session B - May 19-23
- Work Session C - June 16-20
- Work Session D - June 23-27
- Work Session E - August 4-8
- Work Session F - August 11-15
As one Fred T in Wichita put it, "It's great to see [the museum] honor one of the greats while still alive. Too many fail to get the deserved accolades until they are gone."
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Union Pacific's last un-patched tunnel motor from the Rio Grande, #5371, is retiring. It headed east this morning from Utah presumably to be retired. Kevin Morgan of Coloradorailfan.com got pictures of the train as she came the east. As you can see, someone has already grabbed her number boards.
Her future is in doubt, but this Grande fan hopes and prays she is donated to a good museum.
More posts will follow.