CitiRail Lease Unit shows up in Fort Collins

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We got a call from JLH (highgreengraphics) at around 7:00 Saturday morning (11/30) that a CREX locomotive had been set off overnight in Fort Collins by the Denver to Great Falls along with CP 8840. Not knowing if there was a plan for it, my dad and I took off in hopes of getting it with a train on the Great Western.

When we got there the locomotives were just idling on a team track, so we didn’t expect them to move but we hung around anyway. The CitiRail unit (CREX 1211) was facing east, making the morning light perfect for pictures.

CREX 1211 sitting in Fort Collins, waiting for a blade train to arrive from Windsor.
CREX 1211 sitting in Fort Collins, waiting for a blade train to arrive from Windsor.

Because it was just sitting there crewless for the immediate future, it allowed us to take as many detail shots as we wanted.

Radiators of CREX 1211.
Radiators of CREX 1211.
Cab of CREX 1211
Cab of CREX 1211
Hood section of CREX 1211.
Hood section of CREX 1211.
Builder tag of CREX 1211.
Builder tag of CREX 1211.

While we were waiting, we saw a post on the Front Range Subdivision Facebook group that a northbound at Longs Peak was going to meet a southbound led by a 5800-series GeVo at North Yard. The time of the post was about 40 minutes prior to that, so we knew at least one of the trains was getting close. Turns out the southbound was only a few miles north of us. It was a sulfur load led by BNSF 5872 and BNSF 9389 with BNSF 8285 and 5275 on the rear. We were able to get that passing the CREX.

Sulfur load led by BNSF 5872 passes CREX 1211 and CP 8840.
Sulfur load led by BNSF 5872 passes CREX 1211 and CP 8840.

After the DPUs of the southbound cleared up, we could start to hear the northbound blowing for the southern part of Fort Collins. Because of speeds in Ft. Collins, the northbound passed us a little less than a half-hour after the DPUs did. Power for the DenGrf was BNSF 5244, BNSF 5286, BNSF 999, and CP 8553 in the beaver scheme.

DenGrf led by BNSF 5244 passes the GW power at North Yard.
DenGrf led by BNSF 5244 passes the GW power at North Yard.
DenGrf with BNSF 5244 passes CREX 1211 and CP 8840.
DenGrf with BNSF 5244 passes CREX 1211 and CP 8840.
Canadian Pacific 8553, 4th unit on the Denver-Great Falls.
Canadian Pacific 8553, 4th unit on the Denver-Great Falls.

At this point we knew the CitiRail wasn’t going anywhere for awhile, and if it did, JLH said he would call us (he did after the train arrived at North Yard, but it left after dark). With this in mind, we decided to get the southbound Sulfur load on Mason Street, as Dad hadn’t got a train on it since it had been rebuilt. I hadn’t really gotten anything on it in good light since it got rebuilt, either, so we figured this would be a good opportunity.

BNSF 5872 south leads a sulfur load down Mason Street in Fort Collins.
BNSF 5872 south leads a sulfur load down Mason Street in Fort Collins.
BNSF 8285 and 5275 push on the rear of the sulfur load led by BNSF 5872.
BNSF 8285 and 5275 push on the rear of the sulfur load led by BNSF 5872.

We continued with this train all the way to Longs Peak, but these are all the pictures I will post of the day for now. Thanks for looking! Whenever I get around to the chase pictures I’ll add the video as well.

 

© 2013 W Kirk Orndorff

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