If you are at all familiar with the Moffat, then you probably recognized this location just from the thumbnail! This eastbound coal load, destined for Xcel Energy's Cherokee power plant northeast of downtown Denver, approaches the intermediate signal at MP 14.5. Unfortunately, this train will be disappearing from the Moffat by 2017 as Xcel is converting Cherokee to be power 100% by natural gas. Coal traffic out of Colorado has seen a steady decline lately, making one wonder just what the Moffat will look like in ten years.
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Posted By Alan On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 At 7:29:36 AM (PT)
With all the building that is to take place I guess commuter trains will be part of the future. There has to be employment for all those folks so an industrial lead or other facility might be built.
However with all the folks that will be living with a twenty mile radius it seems to me that a Heritage Line could well be viable and be part of the scene. The D&RGW has a great following I gather.
It will be interesting to see the views from those who live in Colorado and know the area. Mine is guesswork as I am in the UK.