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|USFS BLAMES D&S FOR 416 FIRE, FILES SUIT|
Posted Tuesday, July 2 2019 at 1451 h MDT
The US Forest Service has officially found that the 416 Fire last summer was caused by cinders off the D&S's locomotives. As a result, the US Attorney's Office has filed suit against the railroad, seeking $25 million for direct costs for fighting the fire and for land remediation afterwards.
There is a separate lawsuit filed in September 2018 by nearby landowners affected by the fire (largely from mud flows, since no structures were lost from fire) and from a few businesses, alleging negligence on the part of the railroad by running in such dry conditions. It's unknown how this announcement will affect that suit, but I can't see how it would be good for the railroad.
The Denver Post has a more detailed article [here]. - NDHolmes
SLRG GETS NEW LEASE SD70MACs
Posted Thursday, June 27 2019 at 1018 h MDT
According to a post on Trainorders, the SLRG has received two former CSX SD70Ms as leasers - 4685 and 4687 - now both with PRLX reporting marks. - NDHolmes
Posted Wednesday, December 12 2018 at 1128 h MST
Due to Union Pacific's move towards Precision Scheduled Railroading (yes, that one, the "brain child" of E Hunter Harrison at CN), they have announced that the former Rio Grande Roper Yard in Salt Lake will be downgraded and that it will no longer switch general manifest traffic.
A consequence of that move is the elimination of the last through manifest freights over the former Rio Grande system. MNYRO / MRONY (North Yard - Roper manifests and vice versa) have been cancelled, and all through traffic will travel via Wyoming. The last trains ran last week. Kevin Morgan caught the last MRONY coming into Denver on Saturday, and his pictures are posted on Wally's . For those who are members of Trainorders, SP8595 posted photos of the last MNYRO crossing the desert on the 6th in this thread.
Aside from the Potash Local running out to Brendel and down the branch, there will no longer be any UP manifest freights between Grand Junction and Helper. Apparently UP has been running some export coal westbound from GJ, so that may continue, the BNSF manifests will still run (typically ~2-4/day), and of course the two daily Amtraks. The desert just got a little quieter. - NDHolmes
SO LONG, DRGW 3080
Posted Tuesday, November 20 2018 at 2239 h MST
D&RGW 3080, now Wheeling & Lake Erie 304 and upgraded to a GP40-3, was wrecked in a head-on collision with WE 106 (a high-hood GP35 built as Southern 2661) outside Akron, OH, yesterday. Fortunately, none of the crew were injured, but the wreck will almost certainly be the end of 304 / ex-3080. The frame appears to be significantly bent, and the front end is demolished. My guess is that 106 is also a lost cause as well, given its advanced age and severe front end damage.
For those who are Trainorders members, there's photos of the incident [here]. - NDHolmes