Old 01-08-2010, 12:18 AM   #1
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I'm looking at potential candidates for a vacation this summer and Denver is one of them. I'm curious as to what could be done railfan-wise in the greater Denver area (a 2 hour radius from Denver is likely my limit). Can anyone recommend some good, scenic spots within this range? Also, what is the traffic density for the lines in this area? I'm looking for quality of photos over number of trains but if I could find some areas with a bit of both then I'd be happy.

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Old 01-08-2010, 03:18 AM   #2
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Resources:
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/grou...e_railfanning/
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Colorado-Railfan/
http://www.coloradorailfan.com/ (specifically, Moffat Tunnel Sub info):
http://www.coloradorailfan.com/data/...fat/moffat.asp
http://www.drgw.net/
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:37 AM   #3
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Even though I'm not from Denver nor the U.S., but Denver's North Yard, Big Ten Curve & "The Joint Line" to Pueblo would be a start. A good place to catch Meets but unsure of Driving time is the Siding at Plain. Try watching sum Colorado Railroad VHS or DVD's, or look through 'Ween's' Website, they will give more of an idea of what locations would suit you.

Can't wait to see your results on RP.net

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Old 01-08-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice!

Looks like my options for the year are Illinois, Minnesota, and Colorado. I'm looking at going somewhere new and preferably with good scenery (hence why the latter two are on my list). I don't think I'll be heading to Denver (it would cost quite a bit more to travel there compared with the other two) but I wanted to take a close look before I rule things out.
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If you're thinking about Minnesota, then you might be interested in this . . . .

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/maps/MNRailMap34x40.pdf
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Here's the same thing for Illinois . . . .

http://www.dot.state.il.us/officialrailmap.pdf
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Even though you've ruled it out, here' the map for Colorado . . . .

http://www.dot.state.co.us/App_DTD_D...RailSystem.pdf
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If you're thinking about Minnesota, then you might be interested in this . . . .

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/maps/MNRailMap34x40.pdf
Minnesota's so scenic that they needed to use a photo taken in North Dakota on their Department of Transporation website. Look in the upper right:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/railsystems.html

That's one of my shots (which they never asked if they could use, BTW) taken in Arvilla, ND.

Minnesota FAIL!
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email them and raise heck Chris?

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email them and raise heck Chris?

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Nah. It's amusing to me that MN had to steal a shot from ND to pretend it was a shot from MN! If they were making money off of it, I would, but now I just use it to make fun of MN!
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