Ski Train, Western Slope, and Unit Pipe Train News Story Posted By Kevin (Click Name To Email)
Monday, July 17, 2006 - This past Saturday, July 15, the Ski Train started its 2006 Summer Season, departing Union Station shortly after 8:30am. The train was held up at C&S Junction due to a broken down MNYRO-15 (which was have engine problems) in Arvada. The MNYRO backed up into the clear at C&S to allow the Ski Train and Amtrak to depart west. On the way up the hill, the Ski Train found that it was missing a brakeman who ultimately hopped on Amtrak 5 to get to the Ski Train in Fraser. Once in Fraser, the Ski Train discovered that the wye at Tabernash was completely blocked my MOW equipment, so the train ran "backwards" for the journey home to Denver! I have a few pictures from the trip up the hill available for view in the photo gallery.
On Sunday, July 16, a westbound unit pipe train was headed for Craig, CO where a EnCana Natural Gas pipeline is being constructed. This was the sixth such unit train so far in 2006. Unfortunately, the train had engine problems and stalled at Clay, and ultimately the crew died at Rollins before the train could make it any farther west. I did get a picture of the train sitting in the hole at Rollins.
Earlier in the day, I was on the western slopes with my friend Damian seeing what action there was to be found. Unfortunately, the untimely stall of the pipe train caused the MNYRO and Amtrak to get delayed! Add to it a Cottonwood Tree fallen over the rails at east Granby, and it was an interesting day to say the least. I have several pictures form the day posted in the Photo Gallery.