We set out on a long weekend into the Colorado mountains hoping to make Grand Junction before any snow gets in the way of our plans. We head over Berthoud Pass (11,307 ft) and down into Tabernash to see if there is any Railfanning opportunities. No activity but a few cars are in the yard so time to take a few roster shots.
We will stay on US40 traveling through Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs, stopping before we reach Parshall at a nice overlook to see if there are any trains in the canyon. Still nothing but empty tracks…
From here we travel on into Kremmling to locate and photograph the depot in its new relocated position.
We leave Kremmling heading south on Highway 9 and as we reach the bridge I spot a MOW Train and rush to catch a few shots.
We then turn onto Trough Road (Colorado Road 1) to get near Gore Canyon to once again look for any trains in the canyon. At Inspiration Point we will spot a Hi-Rail Truck near Tunnel#38 so this might explain the lack of train traffic. Oh well, at least take a few shots of the tunnel.
Once we reach Highway 131 we turn towards Bonds and McCoy turning off onto Colorado River Road to follow the tracks into the canyon. We will miss a Union Pacific train passing our position going the opposite direction too quickly to get any photographs. Still, will get a few shots of the bridges along the way towards Dotsero.
Before reaching Dotsero we will also catch Sweetwater Tunnel
Once at Dotsero we turn west onto I70 and when we reach Glenwood Springs we turn onto Highway 82 and head towards Carbondale to locate and photograph the depot there.
From here we head on into Grand Junction and call it a night as we are now seeing signs of snow on the windows and the light is fading fast…