Friday, October 21, 2011

UP Goodwill Steam Tour Has Several Colorado Stops

10/21/2011 2:55 PM - As promised, I have a full map of the stops in Colorado with arrival and departure times.

Union Pacific has announced an extensive tour of the southwest US to participate in state-wide centennial celebrations for New Mexico and Arizona. Since Colorado is currently located between those two locations and Cheyenne, perpetual home of UP Steam, several stops have been scheduled in Colorado to give folks a chance to come out and see Union Pacific 844.

My son's first real experience with the 844 was at age 7, standing at a grade crossing south of Colorado Springs only 3 feet outside the "danger zone" of debris and steam. The engine blew through that unprotected crossing at close to 70 miles per hour! His heart in his ears, he said he couldn't believe something that big and heavy could go that fast. Even though he wasn't a railfan, he immediately understood the appeal of railroads and especially main line steam.

The full goodwill tour schedule is available, and the dates for Colorado are as follows:

Location (map)DateArrivalDepartureDetails
Cheyenne, WYSAT Oct 29--:-- --8:00 AMTrip start
9:45 AM10:15 AMService stop
1:00 PM--:-- --Overnight
DenverSUN Oct 30--:-- --8:00 AMDay start
Castle Rock''9:45 AM10:00 AMWhistle stop
Palmer Lake''11:01 AM11:15 AMWhistle stop
Colorado Springs''12:30 PM--:-- --Overnight
Colorado SpringsMON Oct 319:00 AM5:00 PMOn Display
Colorado SpringsTUE Nov 1--:-- --8:00 AMDay start
Pueblo''11:00 AM--:-- --Overnight
PuebloWED Nov 2--:-- --8:00 AMDay start
Rocky Ford
10:00 AM10:15 AMWhistle stop
La Junta
10:30 AM11:00 AMService stop
12:45 PM1:15 PMService stop
Boise City, OK
3:15 PM3:45 PMService stop
Full schedule, including TX NM AZ CA NV UT
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As promised, I have a full map of the stops in Colorado with arrival and departure times.

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