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  Trip Report: Georgetown Loop Photo Freight - Chapter 1
  Part I
Silver Plume down to Devils Gate
  From: Georgetown Loop Photo Freight Dates: September 27, 2006 Author: Nathan Holmes


Photo 1
Taking on a little water up at Silver Plume after the day's final passenger train - taken about 1520h. In about 25 minutes, the crew will head downhill again to retrieve two historic freight cars and bring them back to Silver Plume for the winter.
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Photo 2
Steven Torrico, Railstar's CMO for the Loop, was kind enough to turn this switching event into an impromptu photo freight for the fans. A big thanks to Steve, Dan Adler (one of the Loop engineers), and Railstar for doing this! Going down, 9 will be dragging two freight cars (DRGW stock car 5702 and DRGW refer 153) and DRGW caboose 0586.
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Photo 3
Where'd all the brass go? Although original to 9, Steve and crew temporarily blacked out the brass bands for the benefit of the fans that day. Rest assured, it'll be polished back up again.
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Photo 4
And the crew is just about ready to head down the hill. That's Steve Torrico in the foreground - he not only put this together, but he'll be working on this run.
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Photo 5
The first pickup of the day was made on the way down the hill, at the short spur on the north end of the bridge. The crew will be tacking DRGW boxcar 3582 on the end of the train.
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Photo 6
Just as they were making the shove into the spur, the sun broke through the clouds.
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Photo 7
Down at the bottom - the Devils Gate siding - the crew ran around the train to get 9 on the front. Shortly they'll start off for the trip back up the hill. Here they are putting 9 back on the train.
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Photo 8
As it's sitting there, some of us take advantage to get a few shots in.
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Photo 9
Here's the train blasting back through the station area on the start of its trip uphill.
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Photo 10
The train gets into some very photogenic aspen groves just above the station, where the line comes around to cross the road to the Lebanon Mine
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Photo 11
Just another "through the aspens" shot
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Photo 12
Heading away from the crossing, back east towards the high bridge
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Photo 13
Some spectacular afternoon light as the move crosses the high bridge
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Photo 14
Another view of the train on the bridge
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Photo 15
And another - the crew was kind enough to accomodate us with a few run-bys at the top of the bridge.
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Photo 16
One final go at the bridge shot...
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Creative Commons License This work is copyright 2006 by Nathan D. Holmes (maverick@drgw.net), but licensed under a Creative Commons License. This allows and encourages others to copy, modify, use, and distribute my work for *non-commercial* purposes, without the hassle of asking me for explicit permission or fear of copyright violation. I encourage others to consider CC or other Open Content-style licensing of their original works.

All photographs in this trip report were taken with a Canon EOS 20D using either a Canon 24-105mm F4 L IS/USM or a Canon 75-300mm f4-5.3 IS/USM.