Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Decades ago, ATSF built an intermodal terminal called "Big Lift" south of Littleton. While it has been used as an intermodal facility in many, many years, it is still used as an unloading terminal for other types of freight. It is also where BNSF keeps helper sets for certain southbound coal loads. To save on fuel, some loads now run in a 2x1 DPU setup (instead of 2x2) and then two manned helpers are added to the tail end at Big Lift. The train then runs 2x3 to Palmer Lake. Here, a coal train passes an icy looking parking lot and a helper set waiting for the train to arrive that they will tack on to.
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Location Information
City or County and State
Louviers, CO

Subdivision
Colorado Springs (UP)/Pikes Peak (BNSF)

Milepost or Control Point
Big Lift




Train Information
Railroad
BNSF
Model
SD70ACe
Unit Number
BNSF 9303



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 7D
ISO
200
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
87 mm
Shutter
1/500 seconds
Aperture
f/11


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