Old 01-20-2007, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hello all,

Well, I got back from Salt Lake City, UT last night after spending the past two weeks there for work. It was bitterly cold, but haveing a free sunny weekend, a rental car, and snow covered mountains proved to be very rewarding, railfan wise.

I decided to railfan along UP's Overland Route between Ogden and the Wyoming border (about 60 miles to the east). The scenery was absolutely gorgeous and it seems as if one would really have to try to take a bad picture when there are snow-covered mountains all over the place. Anyways, here's a small selction of shots from this trip...

A WB UP UPS train in Echo Canyon under the red rock. This was shot from a rest stop off of I-80 WB.
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A vertical shot from the same location of the same train.

A EB UP mixed freight with a SD70ACe leader on the "old" alignement in Echo Canyon. The new, low-grade alignment can be seen at the bottom of the picture.
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A WB UP mixed freight in Echo Canyon. This shot definitely puts everything in perspective...
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The same WB UPS train from the first picture exit Weber Canyon on the side of a mountain just south of Ogden, UT.
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The same UPS train at Morgan, UT at track speed.

I was able to get out of work early one day and caught this local switching between Ogden, UT and Salt Lake City, UT with a pair of SD40-2s.

I did manage to get a shot of the Utah Railway. Unfortunately, it was just a parked GP at Midvale, UT, just south of Salt Lake City.

Thanks for loking,
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Old 01-22-2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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thanks for the trip report and for posting the awesome series of photos.

well done!
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Great shots and good trip report. Sounds like you had a blast. Im a little shocked that your 1st shot didnt get a screeners choice or anything, its an amazing pic! Keep it up.
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Excellent images, Patrick. My goal is to get out west for some train photography in Wyoming, Utah and Nevada enroute to California within the next couple of years. These pictures certainly provide some insipiration. Thanks for sharing!
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