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Date: 03/15/23 11:46
#6 can't catch a break
Author: lowwater

Just overheard DS78 telling #6, abt a half-hour late, that there was an avalanche "between Flat and Sulphur", in other words in Beyers Canyon, "a big one", so he was speculating about how to handle #5, which is on time approaching Burns. There's an eastboud freight not far behind #6. Right now siunds like plan is to let #6 do its thing at Glenwood, back west into the east siding to let #5 make its station stop, then pull #6 back into the depot siding too await buses, if that turns out being necessary. Glenwood will be crowded for awhile! Of course the #5 part of this assumes they can get through Glenwood Canyon, there have been a few rocks come down there over the last several days, and it's raining.......
For those scratching their heads, this is the ex-D&RGW main line in Colorado, now UP's Glenwood Springs Sub; Glenwood is mp 360.1. The avalanche in on the UP Moffat Tunnel Sub.



Date: 03/15/23 14:52
Re: #6 can't catch a break
Author: cozephyr

Appreciate the reason for Amtrak California Zephyr delay.  Going to be wet and wild up in Byers Canyon tonight with a snowstorm moving in.  Thanks for your post.



Date: 03/15/23 15:21
Re: #6 can't catch a break
Author: lowwater

cozephyr Wrote:
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> Appreciate the reason for Amtrak California Zephyr
> delay.  Going to be wet and wild up in Byers
> Canyon tonight with a snowstorm moving in.
>  Thanks for your post.

You're welcome! #6 is on the move, about 4 hours late. The "avalanche" was apparently not as serious as originally thought, although they were still working on it. #5 made it through the canyon uneventfully, although it had to contend with a high-water alarm west of Rifle. No problem, apparently. Springtime in western Colorado, UP seems to have to learn every year why the D&RGW/SP was so heavy in the M-O-W Department out here!

I wondered when I heard the first report about how severe a Beyers Canyon "avalanche" could be. It isn't really that much of a canyon topographically, unlike Gore, or Glenwood, or even Ruby. Scenic, yes, but not really a place where a whole lot of snow can accumulate over a significant area. A snowslide in a gully, or a rockslide mixed with snow, sure, but what most of us would call an avalanche probably not.



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