Photo By: Kevin Morgan

This coal train loaded on the North Fork branch in western Colorado and will be the first coal train to head east on the KP in over a week. It seems like the bottom dropped out of coal nearly overnight! Once a staple of the Moffat, coal trains are now something a rarity, worth finding and shooting. With coal trains becoming somewhat rare on the Moffat, it seems ironic that I would get some pictures of one on Leap Day!
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Posted By Webmaster On Friday, May 20, 2016 At 12:06:55 PM (PT)

Hey James, sorry for the delayed reply to your questions. Here are some answers for you:  
1. Yes, the Craig Branch is still in service, although it is likely the quietest line that has CTC installed on it anywhere in the country! Lately it seems to see a single coal train every 3-4 days and a manifest (The P-Burg local) every 3-4 weeks.  
2. The MNYRO and MRONY are indeed still running. They are now only called three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday out of North Yard). UP has eliminated the MNYGJ and any traffic headed for Grand Junction is put on the MNYRO. BNSF manifests are still running, although they no longer seem to be daily. BNSF may have taken them down to every-other day.

Posted By james stobie On Sunday, May 8, 2016 At 7:22:27 AM (PT)

Its definitely a major drag how the coal has almost stopped running on the line. AFTER all that new track work in Arvada. A few questions  
1. is the Craig branch still in service?  
2. Are all the other trains still running normally, like the RONY and BNSF?

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Monday, February 29, 2016 at 9:57:31 AM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Arvada, CO

Moffat Tunnel (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
Simms Street

Train Information
Union Pacific
Unit Number
UP 8763


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

Focal Length
400 mm
1/500 seconds

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