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Date: 07/28/22 21:38
UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: highgreengraphics

Today's UP 4014 run from Cheyenne to Denver, here in 3 views, at Speer, WY, Dover, CO, and going over the S. Platte River at Evans, CO.
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Date: 07/28/22 21:43
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: krm152

You photo compositions are super awesome.  Thanks for posting your wonderful photos.
ALLEN



Date: 07/28/22 21:47
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: highgreengraphics

While waiting for 4014 to depart Greeley after its 45-minute maintenance stop, I made the short pilgrimage to the site of the worst grade crossing accident in Colorado history. Here is the somber monument appropriately in a light rain dedicated to the 20 young children who perished and 16 who were injured on December 14, 1961 when the Denver bound City of Denver ripped a Greeley school bus in half at full track speed after the bus failed to stop at the tracks. This is on county Road 52, 1 1/2 miles east of Highway 285 east of Evans and Lasalle. The crossing, then at a severe angle, was redesigned, and now the previous Julesburg Main Line in the background is a stub spur and little used. === === = === JLH




Date: 07/28/22 22:52
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: refarkas

Well-thought-out scenes.
Bob



Date: 07/28/22 23:17
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: callum_out

Excellent.

Out 



Date: 07/28/22 23:51
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: Odyssey

Thank you JLH ...
for remembering the incident and posting the
image of the tribute ... certainly a sad day.

Odyssey
Evergreen, CO

 



Date: 07/29/22 05:06
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: ut-1

Very nice photos indeed! And thanks for posting the photo of the memorial.

More information on that accident can be found here:

http://thecrossingstory.com/chapters/1.html



Date: 07/29/22 06:09
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: cutboy1958

Great  catches. Nice  to see  water in that  river!!



Date: 07/29/22 09:05
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: Cumbresfan

ut-1 Wrote:
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> Very nice photos indeed! And thanks for posting
> the photo of the memorial.
>
> More information on that accident can be found
> here:
>
> http://thecrossingstory.com/chapters/1.html

Thank you for that link. The memorial was the result of the outpouring of support following publication of the thrty-three chapter series on the accident and its after effects on all involved. In addition to remembrance of those who died, those who survived and their families, the type of journalism embodied by the Crossing series is also best remembered as afternoon newspapers are mainly a creature of the past and newspapers in general are just a skeleton of their prior self. It mostly appears that such writing has been surpassed by short bursts of prose on the internet or even shorter bursts on Twitter or Facebook.



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Date: 07/29/22 09:10
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: Cumbresfan

It is ironic that the engineer on the City of Denver that day died at the controls of the same train several years later when it hit a gasoline tanker at a crossing just outside Denver.



Date: 07/29/22 12:52
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: Trainhand

I counted 3 sets of siblings or cousins on the memorial. Tragic. Glad I never came close to that.


Sam



Date: 07/29/22 14:52
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: WAF

Story ran in the Denver post in 2011



Date: 07/29/22 17:24
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: alongthejointline

Superb photos SD45X. Thanks



Date: 07/30/22 03:04
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: BigDave

WAF Wrote:
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> Story ran in the Denver post in 2011

Rocky Mountain News, actually.



Date: 07/30/22 03:45
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: jmbreitigan

Your work is always top notch. Thank you for sharing. The photo of the memorial is sobering.
John
 



Date: 07/30/22 05:16
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: OldPorter

 after the bus failed
> to stop at the tracks.

Thanks for the remembrance story and image. Nothing more worrisome than a yellow school bus, approaching a Grade X-ing, if you are the Engr of a RR train.



Date: 07/30/22 09:04
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: TomPlatten

My vision is not what it used to be but looking at the ages of the children I see no age reference for the driver! Does that mean that the driver survived and if so did he or she go to jail?



Date: 07/30/22 09:26
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: Spoony81

TomPlatten Wrote:
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> My vision is not what it used to be but looking at
> the ages of the children I see no age reference
> for the driver! Does that mean that the driver
> survived and if so did he or she go to jail?

He was 23 and survived. He was found not guilty and moved to California. He passed away at 69 in Nov 2007. I encourage you to read The Crossing story linked earlier. It’s long but well worth it.

Posted from iPhone



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Date: 07/30/22 10:52
Re: UP 4014 Speer, WY to Evans, CO today and somber monument
Author: bigsavage

Unfortunately Maryland has two of these school bus/train accident sites;
Rockville, MD.  4/11/1935     14 student fatalities
MT. Lake Park,MD.  9/10/1959  7 student fatalities.
Both buses were hit by B&O passenger trains running at track speed.
There is an excellent book about the 1935 accident entitled "The Rockville Tragedy" available on AMAZON.



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