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Rio Grande Main Line

The Main Line through the Rockies from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah via the Moffat Tunnel, Dotsero Cutoff, Gleenwood Canyon, Utah Desert and Solider Summit. The Denver & Rio Grande Western was sold to the Union Pacific in 1997 and all through through traffic rerouted via Wyoming leaving many sections of the line with little through traffic apart from Amtrak and the BNSF runthrough trains. However parts of the line has seen a increase in coal traffic partically from the North Folk Sub.

UP 6656 is seen waiting at Pinecliffe, Colorado with a southbound loaded coal train - 24/08/2007

BNSF ES44 7338 is seen leading an eastbound Manifest at Pinecliff - 19/09/2014

BNSF 4748 is seen climbing the 2% of the Moffat Pass working flat out and barely above walking space seen here below Tolland, Co with a long westbound freight – 24/08/2007

UP6632 is seen heading downgrade near Tolland on a loaded coal train from the Craig area. - 24/08/2007

Amtrak P42 #11 is seen leading the westbound California Zephyr #5 at Tolland - 19/09/2014

Union Pacific AC4400 5697 is seen leading an eastbound loaded coal train downgrade from the Moffat Tunnel at Tolland, Colorado - 19/09/2014

UP AC4400 5682 is seen leading the Denver North Yard to Salt Lake City Roper yard manifest west leaving Granby - 20/09/2011

UP AC400 5260 is seen on M-NYRO near Granby - 20/09/2011

Amtrak #100 is seen leading the Califorina Zephyr west through Byers Canyon, Colorado - 04/09/2008

UP AC4400 5260 is seen on M-NYRO in Byers Canyon - 20/09/2011

UP AC4400 6497 is seen leading a coal train west in Byers Canyon - 20/09/2011

UP 6672 is seen leading an empty coal train exiting Byers Canyon, Colorado - 04/09/2008

BNSF Dash 9 5261 is seen leading a eastbound manifest at Parshall, Colorado - 20/09/2011

Amtrak P40s 821 and 823 are seen leading the eastbound California Zephyr #6 at Parshall - 07/10/2014

Union Pacific derated AC6000 6967 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train at Parshall - 07/10/2014

Union Pacific derated AC6000 6967 is seen on the rear of a westbound empty coal train at Parshall - 07/10/2014

Union Pacific AC4400 6864 is seen leading a westbound empty coal train near Flat - 07/10/2014

UP AC4400 6497 is seen ledaing a coal train west near Troublesome, Colorado - 20/09/2011

UP 7237 is seen near Kremmling, Colorado with a loaded coal train heading upgrade - 04/09/2008

UP AC4400 7211 is seen leading a coal train west near Kremmeling, Colorado - 20/09/2011

Amtrak 114 is seen leading the Califorina Zephyr west at Yarmony, Colorado - 08/09/2008

Union Pacific AC4400 6068 is seen leading an eastbound empty coal train for Energy Mine at Yarmony - 07/10/2014

Union Pacific AC4400 6587 is seen leading a westbound loaded coal from Energy along the Colorado River at State Bridge - 07/10/2014

Union Pacific AC4400 6068 is seen leading an eastbound empty coal train for Energy Mine at State Bridge before taking the Craig Branch - 07/10/2014

Amtrak P42 #60 and P40 #816 are seen leading the westbounde California Zeprhyr #5 west at State Bridge - 07/10/2014

Amtrak 204 is seen leading a late #6 the east bound ‘California Zephyr’ along the Colorado River on the ‘Dotzero Cutoff’ at about 4pm, this being the first train seen moving all day due a long possession all morning – 29/08/2007

Amtrak #6 is seen with 56 leading out of Grand Junction, Co - August 2000

UP 3216 is seen leading an overpowered Potash local west across the Utah Desert - 12/09/2008

UP 7270 is seen leading a empty coal train west across the Utah Desert climbing Cottonwood summit - 12/09/2008

Amtrak 67 is seen leading the eastbound 'Califorina Zephyr' east of Cisco, Utah runninh only around an hour late - 12/09/2008

Following the manifest was Amtrak #6 with Amtrak 81 in charge seen here again near Thompson Springs (which overtook manifest at the next loop) - 01/09/2007

Looking the same way from the same 'mud hill' UP7047 is seen leading the daily manifest from Provo to Denver (the old route of US6 can be seen in the distance) – 01/09/2007

BNSF manifest running under trackage right agreements is seen near Thompson Springs (about 20 miles west of Green River) with BNSF4631 up front heading west – 01/09/2007

UP 3423 is seen leading the Potash local back on the main line near Thompson Springs - 12/09/2008

Utah Railway MK50-3 5004 is seen leading a train of empty coal and tank wagons to CV Spur at Price, Utah - 25/09/2011

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading an eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) at Price, Utah - 25/09/2011

Union Pacific SD70ACe 8823 is seen leading an empty coal train to CV Spur at Price - 06/10/2014

BNSF Dash 9 4728 is seen leading an eastbound Manifest away from Helper - 05/10/2014

Utah Railway MK50-3 5001 is seen at Martin, Utah awaiting into next duty helping a train up Soldier Summit - 24/09/2011

Utah Railway MK50-3 5002 is seen stabled at Martin, Utah - 05/04/2014

At Helper, Ut the 2.4% grade of Solider Summit begins also here the Utah Railway branch comes in and under an early agreement with the Utah Railway were given trackage rights over the D&RGW into Salt Lake City and the line was also double tracked as part of the agreement. Here Utah Railway MK5000 #5005 is seen leading an empty coal train down grade at Castle Gate – 30/08/2007

UP 8228 is seen leading a empty coal down the 2.4% grade of Solider Summit – 30/08/2007

UP AC4400 6885 is seen leading an eastbound empty coal downgrade in the Price River Canyon - 24/09/2011

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading a short eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) in the Price River Canyon - 25/09/2011

Union Pacific AC4400 6682 is seen leading a westbound M-NYRO (Denver North Yard to Salt Lake Roper Yard) Manifest up the 2.4% grade up Soldier Sumit in Price River Canyon - 05/10/2014

Southern Pacific UP Patched AC4400 6417 (former SP371) is seen climbing Solider Summit in Price River Canyon at little more than walking speed with a loaded coal train - 05/10/2014

UP 6515 is seen leading a eastbound empty coal train downgrade at Kyune, Utah - 10/09/2008

UP 6052 is seen leading a westbound loaded coal up the 2.4% grade of Solider Summit at Kyune, Utah - 10/09/2008

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading a short eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) at Kyune - 25/09/2011

BNSF Dash 9 5341 is seen working a westbound Denver to Stockton manifest at Kyune - 24/09/2011

BNSF Dash 9 4420 is seen leading a westbound Denver to Stockton manifest at Kyune - 24/09/2011

Southern Pacific UP Patched AC4400 6417 (former SP371) is seen climbing Solider Summit at Kyune with a loaded coal train - 05/10/2014

BNSF Dash 9 4728 is seen leading an eastbound Manifest down Soldier Summit at Kyune - 05/10/2014

Union Pacific ES44AC 7945 is seen on the rear of a loaded train at Kyune - 05/10/2014

Utah Railway MK50-3 5006 is seen leading the IPPX loaded coal from CV Spur at Kyune having just reached the top of the 2.4% grade on the climb up to Soldier Summit - 06/10/2014

UP 4827 is seen leading a empty coal train downgrade at Colton, Utah - 30/08/2007

Climbing the 2.4% grade and working flat out with a loaded coal train behind UP5673 is seen heading west at Colton with 2 other locos at the front and 6 Utah Railway mid trains helpers in the middle which will be cut out at the summit - 30/08/2007

Utah Railway 5004 is seen leading a loaded coal train up Solider Summit at Colton, Utah - 11/09/2008

Utah Railway 5004 is seen at Solider Summit, Utah - 11/09/2008

UP AC4400 6885 is seen leading an eastbound empty coal at Soldier Summit - 24/09/2011

Union Pacific AC4400 6682 is seen leading a westbound M-NYRO (Denver North Yard to Salt Lake Roper Yard) Manifest at Soldier Summit - 05/10/2014

Utah Railway MK50-3 5006 is seen leading a westbound loaded coal train at Soldier Summit - 06/10/2014

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading a short eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) at near Gullily on the climb to Soldier Summit - 25/09/2011

Union Pacific AC4400 6682 is seen leading a westbound M-NYRO (Denver North Yard to Salt Lake Roper Yard) Manifest down Soldier Summit - 05/10/2014

Utah Railway MK50-3 5006 is seen leading a westbound loaded coal train down Soldier Summit - 06/10/2014

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading a short eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) on the climb to Soldier Summit - 25/09/2011

BNSF 7713 is seen leading a Denver-Provo Manifest west at Thistle, Utah - 10/09/2008

UP 7182 is seen leading a loaded coal train from the Plesant Valley sub north at Thistle, Utah - 11/09/2008

Utah Railway 5004 is seen leading a loaded coal train downgrade at Thistle, Utah - 11/09/2008

UP SD90MAC 8076 is seen leading a short eastbound manifest from Salt Lake City (Roper Yard) to Denver (North Yard) at Spannish Fork Canyon on the climb to Soldier Summit - 25/09/2011

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