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Denver and Rio Grande Western - UP 1989


The above image is of a banner displayed on a fence at the unveiling of the Rio Grande Heritage Unit

Summary Information
Previous Unit Number UP 8521
Date Unveiled June 17, 2006
Location of Unveiling Denver, CO
Unveiled at Formal Event? Yes
Paint Scheme The nose of the unit is a mix of gray and black. The "Mainline Through The Rockies" herald is on the nose. Black Rocky Mountains make a transition into Aspen Gold with the four-stripe scheme on the long hood. "Rio Grande" in black fly letters on the long hood and basically the four stripe scheme wraps around the back.
Typical Route for Unit Right now it appears that the unit will make a few runs west and then end up running between Denver and Pueblo on the MNYPU/MPUNY.
This Page Last Updated 12/6/2006 9:00:00 AM
Date Repainted to UP

Unit Updates
11/14/2006 - UP 1989 is released from the shops in Denver, CO. Unit is placed on the MNYPU-14, most likely in captive service.
11/12/2006 - UP 1989 is placed at the Burnham Shops in Denver, CO.
11/8/2006 - UP 1989 has been released from the shops and is ready for assignment. Later in the day, the unit is placed on the MNYPU and the unit returns to captive service.
11/7/2006 - After arriving on the MPUNY, UP 1989 is placed in the shops at North Yard in Denver, CO.
10/31/2006 - After nearly two weeks on the western end of the Rio Grande system, UP 1989 returns to Denver, arriving at 7:45am. Later in the day, UP 1989 is placed on the MNYPU and departs south, most likely in captive service once again.
10/30/2006 - UP 1989 departs Provo, UT on the MPVNY-30. The unit will travel across the Rio Grande system, bound for North Yard in Denver, CO.
10/29/2006 - UP 1989 and sister Heritage Unit UP 1996 (Espee) are split apart in Roper, UT. UP 1989 departs Roper on the MROPV-29, bound for Provo, UT
10/28/2006 - UP 1989 and sister Heritage Unit UP 1996 (Espee) continue on their OLS Special in the Salt Lake City, UT area. Today was the last day for the special and UP 1989 arrives in Salt Lake at 5:12pm.
10/27/2006 - UP 1989 and sister Heritage Unit UP 1996 (Espee) continue on their OLS Special in the Provo, UT area. After dark, the units return to North Salt Lake City.
10/26/2006 - UP 1989 and sister Heritage Unit UP 1996 (Espee) run on their OLS Special in the American Fork-Lehi area before returning to Salt Lake City in the afternoon, and then back to Provo again in the evening. (link)
10/25/2006 - UP 1989 and sister Heritage Unit UP 1996 (Espee) run on an Operation Lifesaver Special in the Provo, UT area.
10/24/2006 - UP 1989 is released from the shops in Roper, UT and is ready for general assignment. Later in the day, UP 1989 and sister heritage unit UP 1996 (Espee), paired for the first time, run from Roper to Provo, UT on an Operation Lifesaver Special.
10/23/2006 - UP 1989 is placed in the shops in Roper, UT.
10/22/2006 - After its first-ever trip across the Rio Grande system from Denver to Salt Lake, UP 1989 arrives at Roper at 5:23pm.
10/21/2006 - For the first time since being unveiled in June, UP 1989 departs North Yard west on the MNYRO-21, bound for Roper, UT. This is the first time the Rio Grande Heritage Unit goes west over the Rio Grande system, and only the second time the unit has been west of Arvada, CO.
9/24/2006 - UP 1989 is released from the shops at Burnham and moved back to North Yard. Later in the evening it departs south on the MNYPU, once again in captive service.
9/21/2006 - UP 1989 is placed in the shops at Burnham so repairs can be done, allowing the unit to run properly once again.
9/19/2006 - UP 1989 returns to North Yard so it can be inspected to see why it will not load.
9/18/2006 - After leaving North Yard last night on the MNYPU-17, UP 1989 had problems loading that resulted in extreme delays. The train did not reach Colorado Spring until the afternoon with 1989 DIC (Dead In Consist). (link)
9/14/2006 - UP 1989 is moved to track four at Denver Union Station for the Wheels and Motion Transportation Fair, a job fair held at DUT between 8am and 3pm.
9/12/2006 - UP 1989 is moved from North Yard to Burnham for a complete washing from nose to tail.
9/6/2006 - Being a little short on power, UP 1989 is used to move some cars from North Yard three miles west to the Arvada Siding. After a brief stay, the unit returns to North Yard and is added to the power for the MNYPU-06, continuing in captive (night) service.
8/16/2006 - The break for UP 1989 was a short one! After staying in Denver one extra night, the unit returns to its normal night runs on the MNYPU/MPUNY.
8/15/2006 - UP 1989 takes a break (overnight) from the standard Denver to Pueblo (and back) runs. Unit is placed in the shop at Denver for a brief inspection.
7/28/2006 - After spending several days apparently sitting in Pueblo, UP 1989 comes north on the MNYPU-27 and appears to have returned into normal service on the Joint Line.
7/27/2006 - UP 1989 has been sitting in Pueblo for two days without any apparent movement after running south on the MNYPU-24. Not sure why it hasn't moved or when it is expected to come north again.
7/17/2006 - UP 1989 returns to captive service on the MNYPU/MPUNY running between Denver, CO and Pueblo, CO. Train departure from either terminal is around 11pm. UP 1989 ran south on the MNYPU-17, departing just after 11pm on July 17.
7/15/2006 - After sitting in La Salle, CO for four days, UP 1989 is moved to the town of Milliken, CO for "Milliken Days". On Saturday evening between 4pm and 6:30pm, UP 1989 was open to public for cab tours.
7/11/2006 - For the first time since being unveiled on June 17, UP 1989 leaves Rio Grande rails. The unit was sixth (of seven) on the MNYNP-11, but was setout in La Salle, CO just south of Greeley for reasons unknown. It currently sits in front of the depot.
7/10/2006 - After a few days on the western slopes running on coal trains, UP 1989 returns to Denver arriving shortly after 5pm on the MRONY.
7/9/2006 - After a few days in the Grand Junction area and on North Fork coal train, UP 1989 is added to the point of the MRONY-09 to return back to Denver.
7/8/2006 - UP 1989 took a second coal train out of Grand Junction to the mines, this time to Bowie. After loading, the train returned to Grand Junction with UP 1989 on the point.
7/7/2006 - Upon arriving in Grand Junction, UP 1989 was wyed and placed as the second of two units on "shuttle power" for coal trains on the North Fork Branch. UP 1989 led on a coal train coming back from Arco mine!
7/6/2006 - After running in captive service since being unveiled on June 17, 2006, UP 1989 is run west over the Moffat Road on the point of the MNYGJX-06.
6/20/2006 - UP 1989 enters into captive service running on the MNYPU/MPUNY between Denver, CO (North Yard) and Pueblo, CO.
6/19/2006 - After a short inspection period at Burnham, UP 1989 was returned to North Yard for its first (revenue) assignment. The unit was placed on the point of the MNYPU-19, leaving North Yard shortly after 10pm for Pueblo. The train arrived in Pueblo shortly after 7am.
6/18/2006 - It is currently believed that UP 1989 may begin by running west a few times between Denver/Grand Junction and Denver/Phippsburg. However, UP maintains that the unit will end up in "captive service" between Denver and Pueblo on the MNYPU/MPUNY. The problem with this (from a railfan point of view) is that both trains depart their respective terminals around midnight! UP 1989 is moved from the spot of its unveiling to North Yard. Later in the day it is moved from North Yard to Burnham for an inspection before being put in revenue service.
6/17/2006 - UP 1989 is unveiled for all to see for the first time in a special ceremony just west of North Yard in Denver, CO.
6/12/2006 - UP 1989 arrives in Denver and is spotted at the location west of North Yard in Denver, CO where it will be unveiled on June 17, 2006.
6/11/2006 - UP 1989 is placed on the SCBDV-11 (Special: Council Bluffs, IA to Denver, CO).
6/10/2006 - UP 1989 is placed on the SBUCB-10 (Special: Butler, WI to Council Bluffs, IA).
6/8/2006 - UP 8521 is changed to UP 1989 in the Union Pacific computer and the unit is returned to Union Pacific wearing a tarp, covering the Rio Grande Heritage Scheme.
5/27/2006 - UP 8521 is delivered to the Wisconsin Southern for painting in Horicon, WI.
5/26/2006 - UP GP60 #1989 is renumbered to give the number 1989 to the Rio Grande Heritage Unit.
5/1/2006 - It is announced that the DRGW unit will be unveiled in a ceremony near North Yard in Denver, CO on June 17, 2006.
7/31/2005 - In a press release, Union Pacific announces that they will include a DRGW unit in their Heritage Series.
Note: Red Text in the status above indicates the unit is significantly away from its heritage railroads "home" rails.

Unit Photos
After undergoing repairs at Burnham (in Denver), UP 1989 is returned to service in North Yard on Sunday, September 24, 2006.

UP 1989 sits tied down on track four at Denver Union Station for the Wheels and Motion Transportation Fair.

Awaiting its next assignment on the MNYPU, UP 1989 sits near the fuel tracks in North Yard.

UP 1989 runs on the point of the MNYGJX-06 on July 6, 2006. This was the first run of the unit west over the Moffat Road. Train left North Yard around 5pm behind four other westbounds!

UP 1989 and two SD70M's await their crew (and their train) in North Yard. This will mark the third run of UP 1989 south on the every-night MNYPU.

After the unveiling and the public display, UP 1989 was moved into North Yard where it would then be moved to Burnham for inspection.

The day after the unveiling, the Rio Grande Heritage Unit was on display to the public from 9am to noon.

On June 17, 2006, the curtain was lifted (quite literally) and the world saw the Rio Grande Heritage Unit for the first time.

Four days before being unveiled for the world to see, the Rio Grande Heritage Unit sits on a stub track west of North Yard. UP crews have taken care to plug up holes in the tarp with cardboard boxes to make sure the cat is not let out of the bag early!

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