Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Winter has arrived in Colorado! After having next to no precipitation between October and December, this storm brings some descent accumulation to the Front Range. This is UP's "Public Service" train that supplies coal to the Cherokee Power Plant in Commerce City. As it stands right now, this train will cease in 2017 as Xcel plans to stop burning coal at the Cherokee Plant.
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Posted By Webmaster On Thursday, January 13, 2011 At 12:50:17 AM (PT)

Steve, I pretty much agree with all of your sentiments. Coal plants these days are remarkably clean and far less expensive than natural gas.

Posted By Steve Walden On Wednesday, January 12, 2011 At 6:58:54 PM (PT)

Not meaning to stir a debate, but aren't we already burning clean coal? Nearly 100% of homes in Colorado are fueled by natural gas, and Xcels plan to switch may cause gas prices to jump higher, driving away businesses and potential employers. Coal is efficient, clean energy, with established suppliers and, as evidenced above, supply lines.  
Frankly, I'd rather see a nuclear power plant in downtown Denver than a natural gas power plant anywhere in Colorado.

Posted By Alan Lott On Monday, January 10, 2011 At 5:45:38 AM (PT)

Great set of 'photos Kevin. I noticed that Colorado had escaped much snowfall prior to Christmas. It seems like Northern Europe and the East Coast of the United States got your share.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011
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Location Information
City or County and State
Arvada, CO

Moffat Tunnel (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
Chemical (MP 14-MP 15)

Train Information
Union Pacific
Unit Number
UP 6035


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