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Date: 09/15/20 20:16
BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: cozephyr

BNSF 8093 East passed Rock & Rail 401 at Portland, Colorado, on 14 September 2020.  The BNSF Herzog ballast train had loaded west of the Royal Gorge at the Martin Marietta Parkdale Quarry.  This was Denver & Rio Grande/Union Pacific's Tennessee Pass line now operated as the RGX Subdivision by Rock & Rail and The Royal Gorge Route (Canon City & Royal Gorge RR CRRX).




Date: 09/15/20 20:23
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: coach

So this train rolled thru the Royal Gorge, across the hanging bridge, and all?  If so, that would have been a sight to see!!!



Date: 09/15/20 21:46
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: pdt

IDK what the frequency of rock trains is, but AFAIK, they all go thru the royal gorge and the hanging bridge.  I was under the impression that they run at least several times a week, mostly with UP power.

Someone who knows can tell us.



Date: 09/16/20 00:23
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: ns2557

pdt Wrote:
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> IDK what the frequency of rock trains is, but
> AFAIK, they all go thru the royal gorge and the
> hanging bridge.  I was under the impression that
> they run at least several times a week, mostly
> with UP power.
>
> Someone who knows can tell us.

Yes indeed someone will. 1 Rock train west of Pblo daily M-F Back eastbound around 0630-0730 thru Canon City. UP Power, usually 2 units, back to back. UP 7847 & UP 9053 this week. On days they run the BNSF Ballast Train it would be 2 each way.Rhrow in the Royal Gorge Tourist Train then up to 5 per day between Parkdale and Canon City. when the other 2 run. BNSF Ballast trains are not frequent tho, perhaps up to 3 per month. They have 2 more to run this week. East of Florence Co., Holcim Cement at Portland still gets a Rock & Rail local to Pblo M-F mainly overnight. But yes at minimum, 1 empty west and then loaded back east thru the Gorge and over the Hanging Bridge. Ben



Date: 09/16/20 07:07
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: tomstp

Wouldn't that be "under" the hanging bridge?



Date: 09/16/20 07:23
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: ns2557

tomstp Wrote:
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> Wouldn't that be "under" the hanging bridge?

No. Beneath the Suspension Bridge is what's called the hanging bridge. It is exactly what it sounds like. Ben



Date: 09/16/20 09:19
Re: BNSF Ballast Train loaded at Parkdale Quarry 14 Sept 2020
Author: F7sForever

Not exactly. The Royal Gorge suspension bridge is 1,000 feet +/- above the tracks. Hanging bridge is on the tracks below it and just west, in the narrowest part of the gorge. Trains go under the former and over the latter.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/20 09:22 by F7sForever.




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