Photo By: Kevin Morgan

It has been more than a decade since UP last ran a military train on the Moffat. They became a little jaded after the last one required four crews to ultimately go nowhere! The story goes that there were some open-top auto racks with Humvees in them. The car department was inspecting the cars to ensure they'd fit through the tunnels while the train was in North Yard. That was the first crew. The second crew was called and the train headed west, but tripped a high-wide detector in Arvada. So the train stopped at Rocky and waiting for the car department, who came out and again measured the cars. A third crew was called to take the train west...but a few of the Humvees were in fact too tall and just scraped the top of Tunnel 10. The train was tied down at Crescent and waited for a fourth crew. The car department let the air out of the tires of the Humvees and the train was able to return to Denver and ultimately go through Wyoming. Needless to say, the military train in this shot has no auto racks on it!
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Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:00:04 PM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Arvada, CO

Moffat Tunnel (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
CP DS012 (East Leyden)

Train Information
Union Pacific
Unit Number
UP 4900


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

Focal Length
100 mm
1/400 seconds

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