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  Trip Report: Moving Georgetown Shay 8 - Chapter 1
  Unloading, Part I
  From: Moving Georgetown Shay 8 Dates: Mar 12, 2008 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
This is where GLR Shay 8 has been sitting for quite some time - on a short piece of track in front of their old office building in Georgetown, CO. This photo was taken on 3-Oct-2004, the last day that the Georgetown Loop Railroad operated the route.
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Photo 2
All three pieces - the caboose, the tender, and Shay 8 itself had come down from Georgetown on Wednesday, 12-Mar-2008, via two large flatbed trucks. Here's the Shay in the parking lot west of the depot, as seen when we arrived around 1620h.
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Photo 3
Oversized Load is probably a pretty decent case of understatement when you're hauling a 70 ton locomotive down the highway. Of course it's really lighter than that, since the tender went separately.
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Photo 4
That's how you mount a Shay on a trailer... Note the angle of the front truck - the lead axle is actually off the track.
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Photo 5
With the rear axles disconnected, they begin the series of turns to back the truck out of the parking lot.
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Photo 6
The plan is to back up across the standard gauge (the Tennessee Pass line), then pull into the space between the siding and the old Santa Fe depot (now the Royal Gorge Route's passenger facility).
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Photo 7
Generally this is not the way trains approach this crossing...
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Photo 8
And under the 4th Street bridge we go.
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Photo 9
A wide view, showing the depot and display track, as well as the truck pulling up with the Shay.
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Photo 10
At the end of the display track, they'll drop the trailer and pull the truck out of the way.
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Photo 11
The two-axle caboose and number 8's tender are already in position.
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Photo 12
With the truck out of the way, the Canon City crew forklifts in a section of track to bridge the gap to the trailer. Insert Atlas Snap Track jokes here...
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Photo 13
The track panel isn't quite large enough, but it wasn't expected to be.
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Photo 14
That's why they have a supply of ties and rail on hand - to fill the remaining gap the old fashioned way - ties, rail, a spiking maul, and manpower.
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Photo 15
Building the connecting track and putting in a few extra ties where the forklift tines were.
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Photo 16
An overhead shot of the whole operation, as they're still working on connecting the rails.
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Photo 17
Another view, from further to the west. No, I didn't plan for my employer to be in the background.
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All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 40D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM, Sigma 18-50mm, or a Canon 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS/USM.