Photo By: Kevin Morgan

A roster shot of UP 9871 (originally DRGW 5401) on its way to retirement. This unit spent a lot of time in Colorado before it was patched.
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Posted By Andy Dell On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 At 10:12:29 AM (PT)

Good news! The UP has donated this tunnel motor to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO. It will be temporarily stored at MillerCoors until the museum can build a display track and raise the money to move it over. I hope to be on the team that gets to cosmetically restore this unit.

Posted By Tyler Eaton On Monday, April 19, 2010 At 2:18:58 AM (PT)

Wow that is bad. At least it picked up the "art" after it was patched and deadlined. I feel like crying, it's hard to watch these guys die!  

Posted By Webmaster On Sunday, April 18, 2010 At 10:45:14 PM (PT)

Tyler, it definitely good that you said that 5401 always looked better (past tense). Unfortunately, since it has been in storage, taggers have destroyed the conductors side. The engineers side looks great as in this picture. But take a look at the conductors side! Ugh.

Posted By Tyler Eaton On Sunday, April 18, 2010 At 5:08:57 PM (PT)

The 5401 was also the last unpatched D&RGW unit to lead a train over the length of the Moffat Sub back in 2004 on a ballast train. It was also the last unpatched D&RGW unit to see the Craig Branch and Phippsburg, again on that ballast train. My favorite unit for sure! Wish it would've been saved over 5371 since it always looked better.

Posted By Jon Tyrrell On Sunday, April 18, 2010 At 12:58:55 PM (PT)

Sad sad sad, the end of an era. I was working for the Rio Grande when the last batch of SD-40s were delivered, they were great locomotive's. Watching five of those units together pulling coal up to the Moffet was always a sight to see. Brute force at it's best....

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Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:53:39 AM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Greeley, CO

Greeley (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
Greeley (8,349ft)

Train Information
Union Pacific, Rio Grande
Unit Number
UP 9871


Past Number(s)
ex- DRGW 5401

Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
35 mm
1/800 seconds

(Pre-UP 9871) - Photos of DRGW 5401







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