Photo By: Kevin Morgan
 

Swing helpers on the few-remaining coal trains on the Moffat, such as the ones seen here, are the only thing keeping hostlers on duty at North Yard for UP. Hostlers move power around the yard as needed, whether it be to set up power for a train or cutting out swing helpers from a coal train. In many other places on UP's system, hostlers have been eliminated and the trains crew has moved their own power. However, UP does not want the crew on the head end of the coal train to have to cut out mid-train swing helpers. So for now, the hostlers look to be safe. However, they have been reduced by over 50% at North Yard as a result of the downturn in coal traffic.
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Location Information
City or County and State
Arvada, CO

Subdivision
Moffat Tunnel (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
Simms Street




Train Information
Railroad
Union Pacific
Model
ES44AC
Unit Number
UP 5292

Symbol
CWELH-27
   



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 7D
ISO
200
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
18 mm
Shutter
1/500 seconds
Aperture
f/8


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