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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#9

Our final day of this RRAdventure…

Since the A/C of the car remains questionable, we decide to reduce our itinerary so that we will get home before the heat bakes us alive.

We start the morning off in Laramie and as we head to our first destination we come across a UP Caboose we didn’t expect to find.

After take a few picture we head onto our first destination which is the UP Depot and take several shorts around the station. A freight train pass by but I didn’t have the video camera with me, it was still in the car with Lisa.

From here we head over to the park that is near my Great Grandparents house where I remember a steam engine that stood there and it was great to see it was still there.

We now start our trek down I-80 and make a stop just outside of Buford where the Ames Monument sits.

We now reach Cheyenne and head toward to location of the Merci Car that was sent to Wyoming. The address we had was wrong but we lucked out and found it anyway.

After taking a few shots we head over to the park near by to photograph UP #4004

From here we head over to the UP Depot and that was a small challenge based on how the station is nearly under a bridge with One-Way streets and dead ends; but, we got there after a few wrong turns.

From here we work our way over to another park to track down UP#1242

It’s getting hot and even though the A/C is still working we decided to head for home. It was a good idea as after we got caught behind a traffic accident the A/C started to act up again. We reach Loveland by lunch and we stop for a quick shot of the C&S Depot but decide to not track down the GW Depot.

Well, after having a nice lunch and the A/C still acting up we head onto home and bypass all our other planned stops.

More photographs will be coming from this trip in a later RRAdventure TrainBoard topic so keep your eye out for it in the future.

 
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Posted by on 08/31/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#8

We start out this day by heading to Walden, CO to photograph UP Caboose #25408; I wonder if folks remember looking for this Google Earth Contest location.

We then take an Auto Tour of the McCallum Field which is a nice / short 11 mile drive with stops showing the way that BLM setup to explain historical gas and oil drilling in Colorado.
We then cross into Wyoming; catching Lunch in Laramie and then head west towards the Snowy Range. This takes us through Centennial, WY where we stop at the old Laramie, Hahns Peak & Pacific Depot. It’s been moved a short distance from its original location and is now a museum.

We then reach the Snowy Range and if you are ever in this area this is a scenic drive well worth your time.

We will also find this monument to a plane crash where 66 people lost their lives in 1955.

Medicine Bow Peak

Once on the other side of the range we turn north towards Saratoga, WY where we stop very briefly at the museum there to take a few shots and continue our drive north.

We move on as the car is once again giving us trouble, this time the A/C is starting to not work right and it’s hot out so we want to get to Rawlins quickly. Once we reach Rawlins find our way to the Depot which was a small challenge.

We also swing over the the west side of town to find UP#533 which was another small challenge given highway construction.

We call it a day and head east back to Laramie for the night with a car that is like a sauna inside.

 
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Posted by on 08/30/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#2b

We continued our day and switched Fallen Flags; now the Denver & Rio Grande Western.

But first, before we leave Buena Vista I wanted to share a smile. Beside the Depot is a Caboose listed as Colorado Midland #425 but don’t be fouled, it’s really CB&Q #14364. It fact, they have not yet painted the backside of the display where it still sports it RED color, logo, and road number. When I do my complete RRAdventues story I will share those backside images too.

From here we turned north to Leadville along track that we understand UP might soon abandon. So, we took some time to stop a take a few shots to log certain pieces along the route.
We reached Leadville and took a few shots of the depot before we continued our drive north.
We continue north over Tennessee Pass and stopped at a WWII Memorial that is very important to Colorado and the Ski Industry.
Continental DivideTennessee Pass
This next shot I think my friend  HEMI will enjoy!
We continued over the pass to Camp Hale for a few shots there.
Tennessee Pass
Then onto Minturn to catch a D&RGW Depot there as well.
We turn back to Leadville and stopped at Climax Mines that is in the process of reopenning which will be huge for the local economy in this part of the state. There is a nice static display along the highway including mining train equipment.
We return to Leadville for the night to stay at the old Delaware Hotel. Talk about sleeping in an antique store, your room is shown off like a museum piece during the day and you sleep in at night. Nearly all the pieces are also for sale so it’s weird to stay there…
Leadville, CO
 
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Posted by on 08/24/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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World Travel – Turkey in Asia (Anatolia, Ankara, Izmir)

Our next Port of Call officially puts us on the Asia side of Turkey; making port in Kuşadası Turkey. High on the hill over-looking the port is the statue of Atatürk. Our goal at this port is to head to the town of Kusadasi to visit the ruins of Ephesus. The most famous structure here is the Celsus Library. The Gospel of John might have been written here.


Atatürk Statue
Kuşadası, Turkey


Ephesus
Kusadasi, Turkey

 
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Posted by on 05/08/2007 in World Tour

 

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World Travel – Scotland 2002 – Part XI

As we approach are final days in Scotland we pull into Glasgow.


Glasgow Cathedral


Burns Cottage


Auld Kirk, Alloway


Burns Monument


Bridge O’Doon

 
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Posted by on 06/05/2002 in World Tour

 

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