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If you are interested in finding information about the local trains that run on what used to be Rio Grande rails, then this is the page for you! If you are planning a trip to Colorado or Utah, make sure to check out the details on the locals that are running (where and when), so you will know where to be to get the best pictures of these trains. Many of them are still run using Rio Grande power!

Local ID: LDS53
Common Name
Canon City Local
Origin
Last Stop
Pueblo, CO Canon City, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Monday through Friday
The Canon City Local generally has four axle power. This power is usually in the form of three GP40-2s, sometimes Rio Grande. Although, this power may be UP, SP, or even SSW (Cotton Belt). The train is often as long as 40 cars in length; some for the power plant in Canon City and some cement hoppers for the plant in Portland. It is not unusual to find the local in run eight and only making 20-25 MPH. The local returns to Pueblo in the late afternoon or early evening with empty coal hoppers and loaded cement hoppers. Depending on demand, the local will occassionally run west out of Pueblo on Saturdays.
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Local ID: LJP45
Common Name
Dirt Train
Origin
Last Stop
Helper, UT Sunnyside, UT
Days Run
Start Time
7:30am to 9:30am
The Dirt train actually hauls trash from the Salt Lake City area to a landfill on the Sunnyside Subdivision in the Utah desert. The dirt train comes in to Helper from Salt Lake (over Soldier Summit) during the night. The next morning, the power for the Dirt Train is added at Helper, and the train departs eastbound. The train runs through Price and Wellington, finally leaving the main track at Mounds. From Mounds, the local follows the Sunnyside Subidivsion out near the town of Sunnyside, where the cars are emptied. The crew will usually grab lunch, and then return with the empty train in the afternoon.
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Local ID: LJC51
Common Name
Landmark Local
Origin
Last Stop
Grand Junction, CO Cisco, UT
Days Run
Start Time
Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 8:00am
The Landmark Local will often have Rio Grande GP40(-2)'s for power. The local departs west out of Grand Junction and switches industries between Grand Junction and Fruita. The western point of the industry switching is typically the Gilsonite refinery just west of Fruita. It will make a run out to Cisco, UT (via Ruby Canyon) when it has cars to deliver. These cars are brought into Grand Junction either on the MNYGJ or MROGJ. It will often meet Amtrak around Durham and generally returns to Grand Junction between 12:00pm and 3:00pm.
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Local ID: LDF52
Common Name
Minturn Local (M, W)
Origin
Last Stop
Grand Junction, CO Gypsum, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Monday and Wednesday 10:30am to 3:00pm
The Minturn Local (M, W) runs east out of Grand Junction all the way to Gypsum to service a gypsum board plant. Gypsum is actually located on the far west end of Tennessee Pass. The local will also generally make a stop in Glenwood Springs and perform some switching in the yard on the way to Gypsum. The local generally has six axle power, and although it has left as late as 3:00pm, it generally leaves between 10:30am and 12:00pm. THE LOCAL DOES NOT GO TO MINTURN, CO.
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Local ID: LDF52
Common Name
Minturn Local (S, T, R)
Origin
Last Stop
Grand Junction, CO Lacy, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday 10:30am to 3:00pm
The Minturn Local (S, T, R) runs east out of Grand Junction, but only as far as Lacy, CO. Lacy is located a few miles west of Rifle, CO. There are several industries here that are switched by the local. The local will generally have six axle power. THE LOCAL DOES NOT GO TO MINTURN, CO.
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Local ID: LDF51
Common Name
Montrose Local
Origin
Last Stop
Grand Junction, CO Montros, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Fridays 5:00am to 7:00am
The Montrose Local always has four axle power, and this power is quite often Rio Grande GP40(-2)'s. The power used on the Landmark Local the rest of the week is generally used on the Montrose Local. The train is typcially made up in the yard Thusrday night (early Friday morning) and is ready to go very early. The crew on duty generally must only perform an air test and get a track warrant from DS-80 before departing. The trains first stop is in Delta, CO where several industries are switched within the city limits. The train will then leave the North Fork mainline behind and run down the Montrose Industrial Lead to Montrose and switch industries there. Because of the speed on the tracks and the time it takes to switch the industries, the first crew will often "die" (hit 12 hours on duty) and must tie the train down. If there is a relief crew available, they will take the train back to Grand Junction, usually arriving in the yard between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. However, if no crew is available, the train may be tied down in or around Montrose until sometime Saturday or even Sunday.
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Local ID: LJC53
Common Name
Potash Local
Origin
Last Stop
Grand Junction, CO Potash, UT
Days Run
Start Time
Fridays 8:00am to 9:00am
The Potash Local will generally have six axle UP (or, on occassion, SP) power. This power can range from SD40-2s to AC4400s. If power is short in Grand Junction (being used for coal power), then the Minturn Local power will sometimes be used on the Potash Local. This past fall, the local was making additional runs to Potash, generally on Wednesdays. The train is usually between 15 and 30 cars in length in each direction. The local generally returns to Grand Junction in the late afternoon or early evening between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
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Local ID: LDB17
Common Name
Rocky Local
Origin
Last Stop
Denver, CO Rocky, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Tuesday and Thursday 7:30am to 11:30am
The Rocky Local always has four axle power, and this power is almost always two (former) Rio Grande GP60s (now UP 1900 and 1901; formerly DRGW 3154 and 3155). Then, separating the two GP60s will usually be an unpatched Rio Grande GP40-2. This unit has been 3100, 3109, 3110, and 3128 within the last year. The local will switch industries in Arvada near CP 7.5 when necessarly. The local will then proceed to Mesa Oil located off the main line between the sidings of Leyden and Rocky. After they switch tank cars here, the local will proceed to Rocky where it will back up on the Rocky Spur. The local switches cars within Rocky Flats and at what used to be a cement plant on the far north end of the spur. On the return trip from Rocky, the local will occassionally stop at the siding at Leyden and switch out some cars on the house track there. The local will typically be back in the yard between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, although I have seen it as late as 7:30pm before.
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Local ID: LDB15
Common Name
South Local
Origin
Last Stop
Denver, CO Sedalia, CO
Days Run
Start Time
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30am to 11:30am
The South Local always has four axle power, and this power is almost always two (former) Rio Grande GP60s (now UP 1900 and 1901; formerly DRGW 3154 and 3155). Then, separating the two GP60s will usually be an unpatched Rio Grande GP40-2. This unit has been 3100, 3109, 3110, and 3128 within the last year
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Local ID: RUT611
Common Name
UTAH: Provo Local
Origin
Last Stop
Provo, UT Ogden, UT
Days Run
Start Time
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Utah Railway RUT611 will generally depart Provo, UT in the late afternoon or early evening for Ogden, UT. The train almost always has GP40-2s 3000 and 3001 for power. The train uses the UP (former Rio Grande) mainline between Provo and Roper, and then uses the UP mainline between Roper and Ogden.
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