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  • D&RGW 168 TO BE REBORN ON THE C&TS
    Posted Sunday, March 29 2015 at 0030 h MDT
    The Colorado Springs city council, in a rare moment of sanity and agreement, approved a series of three 15 year leases that will take D&RGW T-12 #168 out of the Antlers Park downtown and send it to Chama for rebuilding and eventual operation. The press release can be found [here]. (Fixed the link - thanks to Steve Walden for letting me know it was busted.) - NDHolmes

  • MINNESOTA ZEPHYR F7s FINALLY HERE
    Posted Saturday, March 28 2015 at 2319 h MDT
    Given that their trek began with loading onto flat cars in Minnesota just before New Years, it's taken forever for the two - MNZX 787 and MNZX 788 - to finally move down the Joint Line. They arrived in Denver last week, but it took until this morning to get them moving southward towards their new home in Alamosa.

    Thanks to a heads up by Nathan Z this morning, I managed to go outside and suffer through some of the sunny, 75 degree weather today in my convertible to chase these guys. The results of the chase between Palmer Lake and Pueblo [are posted here]. -
    NDHolmes

  • SKI TRAIN RETURNS - BRIEFLY
    Posted Wednesday, February 25 2015 at 1146 h MST
    Amtrak has announced that for one day - Saturday, March 14 - the spirit of the old DRGW/Ansco Ski Train will return in the form of the Amtrak Winter Park Express. For $75, the train will leave Denver Union Station at 0700h and arrive at Winter Park two hours later at 0900h. You'll then have most of the day ski or wander around town. The return trip loads up at 1615h and arrives in Denver two hours later.

    There are only 400 seats available, so for those interested, get all the details and book your tickets here. I would suspect, given the popularity of the train over the years, that the tickets will sell quickly.
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    NDHolmes

  • FORMER MINNESOTA ZEPHYR F7s TO ALAMOSA
    Posted Tuesday, December 30 2014 at 1148 h MST
    The former Minnesota Zephyr passenger cars showed up in Alamosa in the summer of 2013, but the former dinner train's power - two F7As - remained behind in Stillwater, MN. The city has been trying to get rid of the locomotives for several years now by declaring them public nuisances, despite their private ownership and storage on private property. (Don't ask how riled up this gets the strong property rights side of me...) I detoured through Stillwater on the way back from a fishing trip in 2013 to shoot them, as I thought for sure they'd be scrapped in the coming months.

    Turns out, both units will be saved, at least for the moment. They were moved on December 23 to an active railhead in Randolph, MN, and loaded on flatcars. They're now on their way to Alamosa, to join their former train. We should be seeing them in Colorado in the coming weeks.

    I've uploaded a few photos of them sitting around in Stillwater [here]. (Update: Fixed broken link.)

    Update (1/1 1902h): Per a post by Jeff Carlson, one of the reporting marks for the flat cars is ITTX 941920. I would anticipate all three staying together unless there's a mechanical issue, so anybody who wants to follow them, follow that number. -
    NDHolmes

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