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UP Railfan Dream Trip Report.
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:28:04 PM »
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Filled a 30 year dream of mine to railfan Sherman Hill, Cheyenne, and Laramie last week as part of a 9 day Colorado & Wyoming vacation. Here are a few samples of some of the better crappy cell phone pictures I took during my time in Cheyenne and up on Sherman Hill. Lots of fun. Disclaimer, no rental cars were permanently damaged in procuring these photos.

20140711_210848_LLS by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Supermoon over Autorack

2014-07-12 22.17.15 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr Night vision replication shot.

20140712_152258 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Is this a new style of autorack? I've not seen that type of panel on a model yet.

20140712_155302 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Yard power with one of an endless stream of covered hopper traffic rolling by.

20140712_163234 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Crew Change!

20140712_164327 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Trainworx can do this UPS scheme on a rerun of their pup trailers.

20140712_165540 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Yes, 6936 was on "display." I needed a shot of a section track flatcar.  :facepalm:

20140712_174908 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Run through power in sequential order.

20140712_201205 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Sunset lights the depot tower beautifully.

20140713_135545 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr   UP power leading a double stack train past the Laramie depot.

20140713_133128 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  MOW flats in the Laramie yard. Obviously used now mostly for rail and tie trains.

20140713_145114 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  West end of Tie siding. If not for the no trespassing signs, it was a short drive from here to Hermosa Tunnels.

20140713_161629 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Perhaps the least visited monument in America. Its to the Ames brothers, instrumental in construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, and convicted criminals for embezzling lots of construction money.

20140713_161912 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Ya gots to keep an eye on the weather at 8400+ feet.

20140713_170112 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Vedauwoo Rocks. Not near the RR tracks unfortunately, but the same formation runs over to the UP line at Dale Junction, alas, another location closed off by obvious no trespassing signs.

20140713_173244 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  I was about to get trains and a tornado on the same trip.

20140713_180336 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Hey, get us out of here now!

20140713_180153 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Turn around now. This is not the storm you are looking for.

20140713_182631 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Luckily just a funnel cloud.

20140713_185707 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Meanwhile back in Cheyenne at the depot the hail fell and started melting.

20140714_103621 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Amazing to think in a few years one of these Big Boys will be running the rails again.

20140714_104053 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Big Boy selfie.

20140714_110106 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Part of the construction map mosaic on the Cheyenne depot floor.

20140714_112518 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Local switching at the Wycon plant just west of town. That weathering job on the hopper will get modeled.

20140714_112514 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr

20140714_115350 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr Graffiti on a curve. Reference shot for a model of a fill too.

20140714_144140 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Yes it was packed and sent back home courtesy of USPS Priority Mail. Decomposed Sherman Granite.

20140714_121950 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  Manifest charging down the hill by the Wycon plant.

20140713_173506 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  DPU on a train in downtown Buford, WY.

20140713_171211 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  I did not meet the 1 resident. The lady in the deli is not the one.

2014-07-13 00.43.05 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr Who invited that telephone pole to our meeting?

20140711_121544 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr   I made time to visit the Greeley Model Railroad Museum.

The view from my hotel balcony swooshes! by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr  The "Swoosh" hotel in Denver where I shot trains from the third floor balcony. The desk clerk looked at me funny when I asked for a room on the rear of the hotel overlooking the tracks.

20140713_150412 by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr   One of many shots for possible backdrop use on a couple modules.

I'll stop here before I get your goat.

Long way down by peterkoehler-pfotenhauer, on Flickr

Hey, get your own goat.
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Re: UP Railfan Dream Trip Report.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2014, 06:07:18 AM »
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Nice trip report .. its on my bucket list as well to get out that way