Frontier Days Train with Union Pacific No. 844

Posted by Jim Wrinn
on Sunday, July 22, 2018

We followed the annual Union Pacific Frontier Days Train Saturday on its annual run from Denver to Cheyenne, Wyo., for the famous rodeo. The train is difficult to chase on the single-track route that busy U.S. 85 parallels. The highway runs through several small towns and suburbia. But there are a few good views such as this one between Platteville and Gilcrist, Colo. Fortunately the train pauses in Greeley in each direction.

At Cheyenne, the train backs to the junction at Speer, where it passes a steam-era water tank during the wye maneuver.


Saturday's trip ended abruptly just outside Denver when a pedestrian was struck and killed. No details were available Sunday morning when this post was written.

This was, unless Amtrak changes its no excursions policy, the only all-day mainline steam excursion on a Class I railroad this year.

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