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  Trip Report: UP 1989 at Milliken Madness Day - Chapter 1
  Working the Local
Before going on display, UP 3246 and 1989 first do a little local work from La Salle to beyond Kelim
  From: UP 1989 at Milliken Madness Day Dates: July 15, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
I arrived in La Salle, CO, around 1300h, only to find UP 1989 still sitting around the yard. The trace had shown a call time of 1030h, so this was a surprise and a relief.
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Photo 2
Just a different shot of the nose at La Salle.
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Photo 3
Not seeing signs of anything about to move, I drove up to Greeley to grab a bite to eat, listening to the scanner the whole way. When I got back, I found that the local crew had grabbed a cut of cars and was pulling toward the branch.
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Photo 4
Here's the local slipping out of La Salle under US Hwy 85.
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Photo 5
The first car on the local was MP 15512, an unusual scale test car.
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Photo 6
About a mile east of the Milliken wye, just before crossing Colorado Hwy 60.
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Photo 7
As UP 3246 approaches Milliken, they began to accelerate, not stop as I had expected. Confusion sets in as I wonder where the Heritage unit is going now...
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Photo 8
Is this in Colorado or is it an ex-CNW branch in Iowa? Kelim sure doesn't look like what you usually think of as Colorado railroading.
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Photo 9
At Kelim, they stopped for quite some time and dropped about better than half of their cars, presumably for interchange with the Great Western RR.
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Photo 10
The rest of cars were hauled further north and dropped in some unknown siding. Nathan Z. saw them further up west of I-25, but none of us know how far they went or what track was used for storage.
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Photo 11
After about 40 minutes spent shooting the bull with the other four fans out chasing on Saturday, the light power returned from whereever they went. Note the unusual crossing protection system for US Hwy 34 in the background - the crossing has normal traffic lights, and rail traffic has a signal to indicate that it's protected.
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Photo 12
Crossing a low bridge, just west of CO Hwy 257 and just outside Milliken.
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Photo 13
Only a few hundred yards from the bridge is this private grade crossing.
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Photo 14
Right around 1700h, the light power arrives in Milliken for the Colorado Operation Lifesaver presentation. The OLS event is part of Milliken Madness Day, a town celebration running from 1600-2100h on Saturday, 15-Jun-2006.
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2006 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. This allows and encourages others to copy, modify, use, and distribute my work, without the hassle of asking me for explicit permission or fear of copyright violation. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.