Joint Line Tunnel Motors – April 2001

While I was hoping for a combination of good weather and Rio Grande power this weekend, I never imagined that Union Pacific would be putting five different D&RGW SD40T-2s almost right through my back yard. Saturday, March 31, 2001 brought 5413 on a northbound rock train from Pueblo to Denver, and somewhere around Castle Rock, CO, I met DRGW 5376 leading the southbound MDVPU-31. (This was a complete accident, by the way. I had no idea it was on the train, let alone on the front!). Sunday, while starting off slow, ended with an afternoon of following DRGW 5360, 5385, and 5372 (along with UP 5993) leading the southbound MDVPU-01 through lots of sunlight and warm weather. Needless to say, the weather brought out the fans, and I had the opportunity to meet several list members in the process. A very different weekend from what I’d planned, but I didn’t mind a bit!

Updated 4-Apr-2001: I’ve added yet another page, with photos taken the Wednesday following, when five tunnel motors (on two different trains!) worked south over the Joint Line. These guys are getting to be regulars again after several years with only an occassional lost one through Colo. Springs.

Updated 8-Apr-2001: After another successful day of chasing tunnel motors, I’ve decided to expand this trip report yet again to include 5413 and 5410 pulling an empty southbound rock train to Pueblo on 7-Apr-2001.

Saturday, March 31, 2001

Sunday, April 1, 2001

Wednesday, April 4, 2001

Saturday, April 7, 2001

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