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    Posted Friday, March 14 2014 at 2134 h MDT
    Two GE Tier 4-compliant prototypes arrived in Pueblo today - GECX 2023 and 2024. They're headed into the Transportation Test Center out at Avondale in the next couple days. The pair came west on Tuesday's ZDENCHI out of Chicago, and then worked down the Joint Line this morning before the crew went dead and tied up at Bragdon. I got a heads up on them after lunch, but couldn't get away from work before the next crew moved them into the yard. So, one far off backlit shot is all you get for now...

    Also seen today was MPI's HSP-46 unit that had been in the test center since October. MBTX 2003 appeared at the interchange today, and will be going back to Boise to be completed.

    The most interesting thing of the day was actually a freight car. DODX 39475, one of their heavy-duty 12-axle flat cars set up to haul nuclear material casks, was parked at the Pueblo yard. These cars are used to safely and securely move around spent fuel and other radioactive material. Given that there wasn't the usual security caboose and visible security presence that travels with these cars and that there were other unusual heavy DODX flats at Avondale, I suspect it's not a load but rather has been out at the test center for some sort of testing.

    Photos are posted [here]. -

    Posted Thursday, February 27 2014 at 1552 h MST
    The new Price River Terminal - transloading Uinta Basin crude oil into railcars at Wellington, UT - shipped its first complete unit train of oil on Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014. The facility came online in December of last year and has been shipping blocks of cars, but this is the first solid unit train being moved. Most Uinta oil is moved to the nearby refineries in North Salt Lake, as it's a very heavy, waxy oil that will solidify if not kept warm. Most likely, that's where these units trains are headed.

    With the general lack of traffic moving over Soldier Summit these days, it's a nice change to see something new. One of these days I'll get back over there and hopefully photograph some of these moves. -

    Posted Wednesday, February 26 2014 at 1701 h MST
    Matt Darling sent me five photos taken by his father, Wayne Darling, of the two new Amtrak ACS64s being transported by the eastbound California Zephyr today. Matt and Wayne hail from Grand Junction, and Wayne caught them as they passed through town around 1300h today. I've put them in an album [here]. Thanks to both of you for sending these over! - NDHolmes

    Posted Tuesday, February 25 2014 at 1631 h MST
    A report on Trainorders says that new ACS64 units 607 & 608 will be sandwiched into the consist of today's eastbound Zephyr out of Emeryville, CA. That means they'll be crossing over the former D&RGW tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 Feb 2014) during the day. If anybody gets shots, I'd appreciate a few to post. - NDHolmes

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