The westbound Zephyr wraps around the east leg of Big Ten Loop alongside a sting of hoppers on the inside of the track. These hoppers were placed here around 50 years ago. They were filled with cement and dirt and the track they are on was severed from the main track. A few of the cars are even welded to the rails. These hoppers serve as a wind break. Winds can come rolling off the Rockies and straight across here at speeds of 70+ MPH (110+ KPH) at times. Prior to the wind break being put in place, one or two lighter trains derailed after being blown off the track!
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