Old 03-17-2008, 03:16 AM   #1
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I'm looking for some tips on Railfanning Colorado. I'm interested in the UP/BSNF Join mainline since I'll be near Colorado Springs.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:50 AM   #2
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My favorite spots are the Air Force Academy (North Gate bridge and the park to the south off Pine Dr.), Baptist Rd. exit off I-25 (Baptist Rd. x-ing and south on Old Denver Hwy), and anywhere in and around Palmer Lake.

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:10 AM   #3
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If you can, I would suggest going south of Colorado Springs on I-25. You parallel the tracks all the way to Pueblo, which is only a 35 mile trip. There are plenty of photo opprotunites along the way. Here are a few I shot between Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
This was shot just south of Colorado Spings, in Fountain, near the old Pikes Peak Raceway.

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In Pueblo is the BNSF and UP yards and Union Station. There are 3 bridges that cross over the yard, the best for photos in my opinon is 4th Street. Each bridge has a pedestrian sidewalk as well. Best times to shoot from there are early in the morning when the sun is on the East side of the tracks. Afternoon shots are great from Main Street Bridge and at Pueblo Junction.

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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No offense, Frank, but if one's going to be in Colorado, you gotta have some mountains in your shots!

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And you need snow.

"The Sag," about a mile north of Palmer Lake.

Southbound coal trains are only going about 15 mph to Palmer Lake. I normally chase from Castle Rock to Palmer Lake.

Northbounds are coming more out of the sun, they travel about 3 times as fast, and the northbound track is not anywhere as close to I-25.
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