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  Trip Report: C&TS - Closing the 2002 Season - Chapter 1
  Afternoon on the Twin Peaks
19-Oct-2002
  From: C&TS - Closing the 2002 Season Dates: Oct 20, 2002 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
The old roadbed for the D&RG / UPD&G connector that ran from the mainline at Barnes to Barnes Junction before the D&RG abandoned their Pueblo-Trinidad main in 1936. This relic can be found a mile south of the road to Ludlow, CO, on the west side of I-25.
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Photo 2
While photographing the old roadbed, BNSF 9956 showed up with a southbound (SDEX) coal load.
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Photo 3
And dropping down the other side of the hill near Ludlow (or Barnes Junction), with two DPUs on the back.
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Photo 4
BNSF 9956 crests the top of a short grade south of Beshoar, CO, now on the Twin Peaks Subdivision (southeast of Trinidad)
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Photo 5
With 9956 holding the main at Banela, I went looking for the westbound it would be meeting... I found it working upgrade halfway between Banela and Trinchera
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Photo 6
In getting back to Banela to catch 8987 east, I came across these guys, who were initially blocking the road but cleared up after a few honks.
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Photo 7
After meeting 9956, BNSF 8987 east comes through a curve on the grade west of Banela. The entire Twin Peaks sub is full of these spectacular curves.
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Photo 8
Just a wider view of the previous curve. No matter what it looks like on a map, as it turns out the subdivision is quite a rollercoaster, at least east of Trinidad.
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Photo 9
BNSF 8987 in the late afternoon sun along County Road 22, halfway between Banela and Beshoar, CO.
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Photo 10
Cresting the hill and nearing the grade crossing southeast of Beshoar
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Photo 11
The head end of 8987, as viewed from between two cars. You wouldn't believe how many shots it took to get this right.
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Photo 12
And the last shot of the day - 8987's DPU, 9861, drifting downgrade. After that, I called it an afternoon and headed for Alamosa for the night.
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All the images here are Copyright 2002 Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net)
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I'm placing them under the same license as RailARC images. Please feel free to copy, use, and distribute anything you find here, as long as I'm given credit for its creation.
All shots in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS D30 with a Sigma 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.