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Date: 03/26/20 15:48
Cabn Fever
Author: mojaveflyer

Tuesday afternoon as I got off from work a case of "Cabin Fever" hit me and I decided to grab my camera bag and do some photography. I checked and learned Amtrak #6 was on time so I headed out west. I went up to where the Union Pacific track comes out of the mountain onto the plains of the east. A bonus was that as I left where I shot the photos of #6 and heard another train coming behind it. I headed down to the east switch of Leyden siding, the first siding west of Denver, to grab a shot of the following freight train.

Photo #1- Rounding the "Big 10" curves reverses direction as it drops down the hill. In the background are old hopper cars, filled with rock that form a wind break to protect trains on the edge of the hillside from the fierce winds that sometimes blow in this area.

Photo #2- Amtrak #6 is running along the Rocky Siding with some cattle on the hillside above it. I heard the engine crew call back to the train crew that back  around the curve was a large herd of elk.

Photo #3- Here #6 is crossing the east switch of Rocky siding as it works it's way east. The sign to the right informs the crews westbound they should change to radio channel "2323" and the tones used to ring up the dispatcher.

I was feeling better but I also shot the freight behind #6, adding to my wellness.... More in Part II.


James Nelson
Thornton, CO








Date: 03/26/20 15:54
Cabn Fever Part II
Author: mojaveflyer

Photo #4- Following behind #6 was this BNSF train running on Union Pacific track that runs from Provo, UT to Denver, CO. Here it's crossing the east switch of Leyden siding. Leyden is the first siding west of Denver on the Moffat Tunnel line west of Denver.

Photo #5- The second unit in the loco consist is  Canadian Pacific CP  8522.

Photo #6- As the train heads toward Denver from Leyden you can see the skyline of Denver in the distance. The grade crossing visible in the distance is the Simms Street crossing...

Two days after I shot these our Governor estentially made railfanning illegal (paraphrasing another photographer who posts here and lives in Colorado). Thanks for looking!


James Nelson
Thornton, CO



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/20 15:56 by mojaveflyer.








Date: 03/26/20 16:30
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: Ritzville

Nice shots! Looked like a NICE day to be outside.

Larry



Date: 03/26/20 17:04
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: mojaveflyer

Cold rain and snow coming in tonight.... Two days before the restrictions in Colorado so I guess my timing couldn't have been better. 

Ritzville Wrote:
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> Nice shots! Looked like a NICE day to be outside.
>
> Larry

James Nelson
Thornton, CO



Date: 03/26/20 20:19
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: SCKP187

Nice shots---really like #3
Brian Stevens



Date: 03/27/20 01:11
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: Rmosele

Great pics. When did the hopper windbreak cars get tagged? When I lived in Arvada they were untouched but that was almost 10 years ago.



Date: 03/27/20 04:40
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: rrpreservation

Thanks for sharing your photos, they are great!!

I noticed the hoppers were tagged last week for the first time. I was on highway 93, but the change in color was obvious.

 



Date: 03/27/20 05:04
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: bmarti7

Great outing Jim. Thanks for the memories after living in Arvada for 38 years.  Congrats on the IOTD. Be safe!

BB

 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/27/20 06:27 by bmarti7.



Date: 03/27/20 07:20
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: SP8595

Nice series!



Date: 03/27/20 07:39
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: march_hare

Are the Colorado restrictions so tight tha they would prohibit railfanning in an open area like this?



Date: 03/27/20 07:50
Re: Cabn Fever Part II
Author: valmont

Kudos on IOTD Jim .... and all the other fine shots in your post!



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