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Date: 09/29/23 08:49
RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: SP8595

RM being the Rocky Mountaineer and with the Colorado version getting their neat looking standard cab GP's (well I think they're neat anyway}) back on the train a couple of weeks ago, I figured I should probably get some shots of this unique operation.
The train has been Very empty of passengers lately so who knows how long it might continue to run

This chase was more of a quantity over quality with scenes from just the usual locations and next time I will try shooting it from the harder "one and done" locations. All pictures taken on Wednesday 9/27.

1) I had initially planned on getting my first shot of the RM at this location West of Bond and was all ready to go when a green signal lit up but it was an empty Union Pacific Oil train with flagless GEVO #7912 leading 5 engines "elephant style" .

After a lengthy wait and with the sun angle getting worse, the signals lit up for the Eastbound California Zephyr so I decided to relocate.

2) Amtrak train #6 hustles Eastbound approaching Bond as seen from up above Tunnel #34. The construction to the left is a new, huge golf course complex that is supposedly being built by the lead singer of "Big Head Todd and the Monsters"!

3) At 15:30 the RM finally showed up and is seen crossing the Colorado River, just West of the W. switch at Bond and will soon duck into Tunnel #34.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/30/23 12:23 by SP8595.








Date: 09/29/23 08:50
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: SP8595

With the train heading Westbound and facing South, I think I have the Engineer's side of the RMRX #8020 well covered:}

4) Between Dell and Range with the Colorado River in the background.

5) Entering Red Canyon and crossing the Colorado River.

6) A grab shot as the train nears Range Siding.

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Date: 09/29/23 08:51
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: SP8595

7) Rolling along a couple miles North of Dotsero.

8) Approaching Dotsero.

9) Stopping at the station at Glenwood Springs were the train will terminate for the night.

A lot of shots but standard cabs out leading a Passenger train on an Incredible Fall day with Beautiful scenery=why not:}








Date: 09/29/23 08:51
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: FiveChime

Very nice and sharp photos!
Thanks for posting.
Regards, Jim Evans



Date: 09/29/23 09:06
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: dan

standard cabs evoke some grande memories



Date: 09/29/23 09:25
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: texchief1

Those are nice, John!  Looks like some of the locations could be one and done shots.

texchief1



Date: 09/29/23 09:29
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: Ritzville

Excellent series!!

Larry



Date: 09/29/23 09:47
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: cjvrr

Wow.  Beautiful shots.



Date: 09/29/23 09:51
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: Gonut1

Great scenery and interesting train.
Go



Date: 09/29/23 10:00
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: jgilmore

SP8595 Wrote:
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> This chase was more of a quantity over quality
> with scenes from just the usual locations 

Yeah, what crappy tired-looking "usual" locations you have to deal with, lol! Try living on the south Plains for awhile...

But seriously, these are some terrific images, I haven't been through there for so long I forget how beautiful that section of rail is. Thanks for the great photos...

JG



Date: 09/29/23 10:42
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: highgreengraphics

Great shots! The best I have seen. Glad they got their own motors back! === === = === JLH



Date: 09/29/23 11:01
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: ParkSouth

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!  Tom Klinger



Date: 09/29/23 13:23
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: mojaveflyer

Great series of shots, John! By the way, congratulations on the IOTD the other day, too!

James Nelson
Thornton, CO
www.flickr.com/mojaveflyer



Date: 09/29/23 14:35
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: callum_out

I'm looking forward to the shots in your trips back here from Missouri! BTW, your stuff looks a lot like
Hanggie and that's a major compliment. 

Out 



Date: 09/29/23 14:35
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: atsf121

What an awesome series, looks like a fun chase!  I really like photo #3.  I enjoyed that scenery on my one ride through the Rockies on Amtrak's California Zephyr 20 years ago, need to do that again.

Nathan



Date: 09/29/23 15:33
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: TheNavigator

Absolutely nothing to dislike with either the quality or quantity on any of those!
GK



Date: 09/29/23 15:48
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: 3rdswitch

An excellent bunch! The train is on the main at Glenwood Springs? Will it move to a siding for the night?
JB



Date: 09/29/23 15:50
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: bobk

An absolutely awesome series!!



Date: 09/29/23 16:15
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: bradleymckay

TheNavigator Wrote:
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> Absolutely nothing to dislike with either the
> quality or quantity on any of those!
> GK


Double ditto!


Allen

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Date: 09/29/23 17:30
Re: RM chase down the Dotsero Cutoff
Author: srman

All great but number 5 is my favorite. I was out there in July from Indiana and hoping for RM power but I had to settle for UP pulling the train. 



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