You may not know it just from this picture, but this is a rather special GP40-2 on UP's roster. You may have guessed at this point that this is a former Rio Grande GP40-2...and you'd be correct. However, this was the first Rio Grande unit to be assimilated in to (and painted in) Union Pacific yellow. In mid-1997, DRGW 3122 had the "honor" of receiving the first repaint on Rio Grande's roster. The unit has somehow managed to keep it's original UP number (5245) and has also managed to stay in Colorado working on locals for the past 15 years, working out of Colorado Springs, North Yard (in Denver) and Grand Junction.
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