Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Looking west from the US-24 overpass about two miles east of Minturn, the fall colors are looking mighty fine along the Tennessee Pass mainline. Sure would like to catch an eastbound starting its climb toward the 3% grade here.
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Posted By Webmaster On Monday, September 26, 2011 At 10:43:06 PM (PT)

An interesting thought indeed Steve. However, in the end, it is of course a business decision by UP. And, considering the economics, not one I can disagree with. At least according to the business man on my left shoulder. The railfan on the right shoulder is screaming about the injustice of it all. Heh.  
Thanks, as always for the kind words. It was a lot of fun taking pictures, even with no trains to be found.

Posted By Steve Walden On Monday, September 26, 2011 At 10:37:35 PM (PT)

I wonder how much money the Arkansas and Eagle River Valleys have missed in the last 15 years from salaried employees, like engineers, brakemen, switching crews, yard crews, and the like. I wonder how much money they miss each September when the railfans would go "one more year" up to Minturn or Leadville to get shots like this with a big lashup pulling for all their worth with the helpers around the bend. Indeed, we are ALL the poorer for the continued dormancy of Tennessee Pass.  
Here's hoping that HOTR can make lemonade out of Uncle Petey's lemons.  
Lest I end on a literally sour note, Kevin, your shot is beautiful and poignant. It embodies everything about TP today.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 3:34:39 PM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Minturn, CO

Tennessee Pass (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
MP 298

Train Information
Union Pacific, Rio Grande
Unit Number

Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
105 mm
1/500 seconds

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