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  Trip Report: Colorado Grande Locals - Chapter 1
  Cañon City Local
20-Feb-2003
  From: Colorado Grande Locals Dates: Nov 02 - Feb 03 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Thursday's Cañon City local run started out at a mildly foggy 1000h here at the west end of the Pueblo yard.
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Photo 2
Wasting no time, the crew brings the local uphill at Goonight, CO.
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Photo 3
Through the Goodnight switch, 3109, 3118, and 3111 head out onto the single track. I thought about trying to catch them again near Swallows, but radio chatter confirmed they were moving much too fast (or I was moving much too slow) for that.
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Photo 4
Passing the CP145.5 signal, 3109 West approaches the Holcim cement yard at Portland, CO.
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Photo 5
I couldn't decide which Portland bridge shot I liked better, so I didn't figure anyone would mind if I put in this one, too.
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Photo 6
A sight not to be seen much longer - pure D&RGW power on one of those classic silver truss bridges (crossing the Arkansas River at Portland, CO).
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Photo 7
One of the other two occupants of the line, Rock and Rail 301 and 401 were sitting at Florence, CO. 301 is an ex-SP GP30, and 401 is, surprisingly enough, ex-DRGW GP40 3140.
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Photo 8
The crew only did a minimal amount of work at Portland, dropping off the empties for the day. Within 15-20 minutes, they were again westbound at Florence with the coal loads for the Cañon generating station.
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Photo 9
With several traffic delays between Florence and Cañon City, I barely made it into town ahead of the local. Here it is coming through the siding, since the Cañon City & Royal Gorge's passenger cars are occupying the main line. Also, the generating station is served from a spur off the siding.
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Photo 10
Pushing the incoming loads into the west end of the plant, under the watchful eyes (or rather, cameras) of fellow fan Ken Graczyk and myself.
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Photo 11
It just won't be the same next year when it's a UP geep on the front.
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Photo 12
With the loads dropped, 3111, 3118, and 3109 sit near the west end of the siding.
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All the images here are Copyright 2003 Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net)
Note this doesn't mean you can't use them - In fact, I encourage people to use and enjoy them.
I'm placing them under the same license as RailARC images. Please feel free to copy, use, and distribute anything you find here, as long as I'm given credit for its creation.
All shots in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS D30 with a Sigma 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.