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Posted 04 November 2019 - 04:30 PM

It's october 2, 1936, K-37's #491 (road) & 496 (helper) depart Salida at 9:25 AM with 39 empties. Per the rules (at least in the 1944 timetable), the helpers are to be placed 25 cars from each other between Salida & Marshall Pass.

Crew: Conductor Hallock, Engine 491 C R Wilson, & Engine 497 Hyatt.

Consist: 6 empty gondolas, 11 empty double decks, 21 empty single decks, & a caboose.

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The train rolls through Poncha Junction.

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 03:20 PM

At Mears Junction, the engines take on water.

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After that, the train climbs the 4% grade.

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 07:36 AM

As the train climbs the hill...

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... it pulls into the snowshed at Marshall passt at 11:55 AM.

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After the 497 is cut from the train, the freight departs Marshall Pass at 12:15 PM & begins rolling downhill.

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:42 PM

The train continues rolling downhill.

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The train rolls through Buxton. At this location, empties are set out; the empties are eventually picked up & taken to Gunnison.

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 08:31 PM

The train rolls through Sargent, a helper site. A hill crew (with 2-3 engines) are based here as needed.

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Posted 07 November 2019 - 08:10 AM

The train nears Gunnison.

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Posted 07 November 2019 - 07:35 PM

At Parlin, the crew sets out 18 stock cars.

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Soon, the train pulls into Gunnison at 3:05 PM with 21 empties.

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