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Farmington Turn in August

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:39 PM

It's August 29, 1936, K-28 #476 departs Durango at 4:50 AM with 3 loads 5 empties.

Crew: Conductor Martin, & Engineer Katschthaler.

Consist:

Loads: 1 flour, & 2 merchandise.

Empties: 4 tanks Farmington & a caboose

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At Carbon Junction, the crew picks up the cars that were set out at this location.

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The train runs down the branch. The gradient is on average 1% downhill all the way from Carbon Junction to Farmington.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 03:20 PM

The train rolls over a bridge beyond the spur at Bondad...

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... & passes the Bondad tank. The tank is still there today.

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The train follows the Animas River as it rolls downhill.

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 07:33 PM

The train continues rolling downhill.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 09:35 AM

At Aztec, the train crew sets out several cars.

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After that, the train continues it's trip to Farmington.

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Posted 14 April 2019 - 06:23 PM

As the train nears Farmington...

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It stops at a site simply called Refinery to set out tank cars.

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After that, the train pulls into Farmington at 8:50 AM.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 04:37 PM

After the crew did switching & waiting for oil to load, the train departs Farmington at 12:30 PM with 11 loads 7 empties.

Consist:

Loads: 5 oil Salt Lake, 1 gas Taos Jct, 1 gas Ignacio, 1 gas Durango, 2 gas Alamosa, & 1 gas Montrose.

Empties: 6 box & a caboose

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At Refinery, the crew picks up 2 loaded tank cars.

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After that, the train runs up the branch, climbing the 1% grade.

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 07:15 PM

At the first bridge beyond MP 490, the crew spent 25 minutes to get a horse off the bridge.

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At Aztec, the train did 10 minutes of merchandise.

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 07:00 PM

The train runs up the branch.

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The train rolls over the bridge north of Cedar Hill.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 06:51 AM

As the train heads north...

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... It takes on water at the Bondad Tank.

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Soon, the train is underway again.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 01:51 PM

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As the train nears Durango...

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... it rolls through Carbon Junction...

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& pulls into Durango at 4:30 PM with 13 loads, 6 empties (one of the boxcars was set out at a spur north of Cedar Hill.

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