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|SL&RG PLACED IN RECEIVERSHIP|
Posted Friday, September 13 2019 at 1257 h MDT
An article on Trains Newswire states that the San Luis & Rio Grande - operator of the former D&RGW lines over Veta Pass and throughout the San Luis valley - has been placed in receivership, along with its sister railroad, the Mt. Hood Railroad, in Oregon. The motion was submitted to the court by Big Shoulders Capital, LLC, which loaned the railroads $5M in 2017. - NDHolmes
WASHOUT ON SOLDIER SUMMIT
Posted Friday, August 9 2019 at 1048 h MDT
There's a report on Trainorders that there's a washout on Soldier Summit somewhere between Helper and Provo. The Amtrak status map this morning indeed shows #5 from yesterday holding at Helper, and #6 holding at Salt Lake. The issue is apparently fixed now, or at least one main is open, as both Zephyrs have started to move within the last hour. - NDHolmes
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