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  Trip Report: UP Wimmer Engineering Special - Chapter 1
  Part I - The Moffat
  From: UP Wimmer Engineering Special Dates: Aug 13, 2003 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
This one spooked me - I was on the phone with work when I heard a rumbling sound that I thought was probably the Wimmer Engineering Special. I grabbed the camera and prepared for one of those non-ideal grab-and-go shots, when in reality all I got was UP 7301 leading what I think was the MGJNY down into Denver.
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Photo 2
The next train through was this westbound empty. There was a work train up at Plain, so this one held back short of Blue Mountain. Upon the Special's approach, however, the work train went into the house track and this empty pulled into the siding at Plain. Here it is crossing Colorado 72.
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Photo 3
And, of course, the DPUs on the back of the empty, pushing uphill towards Tunnel 1.
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Photo 4
Finally, the Special appears from Tunnel 1, coasting downhill towards milepost 23.
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Photo 5
Passing MP23, near the Colo 72 bridge.
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Photo 6
Having never seen 6936 on a train before, I must say that's one huge diesel.
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Photo 7
A view from the back of the unit, nothing all that special.
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Photo 8
Just a shot of the Wimmer Special rounding the curve over Colo 72.
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Photo 9
And finally, the business end of the whole thing - inspection car Fox River.
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Photo 10
After running back to the car and driving for a bit to get ahead of it, I caught up with it again at the east end of Leyden.
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Photo 11
Another Leyden shot...
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Photo 12
Descending into Denver proper - what a view from that back window!
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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 10D with a Canon 28-105mm USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.