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