Photo By: Kevin Morgan
 

BNSF 9233 is making its way through "the sag" on Main 1 a few miles north of Palmer Lake. Over 100 years ago, tracks of competing railroads (Rio Grande and Santa Fe) crossed here. Specifically, Santa Fe crossed over Rio Grande. You can still clearly see the embankment from the old bridge. In World War 1, the US government took over the railroads and ordered Rio Grande and Santa Fe to connect their respective tracks and run the Joint Line as directional, with southbounds on Main 1 and northbounds on Main 2. A tradition that is largely still the case, although Main 1 now is CTC between Littleton and Palmer Lake. Main 2 still operates using Track Warrants and ABS.
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Location Information
City or County and State
Spruce, CO

Subdivision
Colorado Springs (UP)/Pikes Peak (BNSF)

Milepost or Control Point
The Sag




Train Information
Railroad
BNSF
Model
SD70ACe
Unit Number
BNSF 9233



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
DJI / FC3170
ISO
110
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
4.5 mm
Shutter
1/730 seconds
Aperture
f/2.8


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