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Old 09-08-2009   #1
 
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Train activity on the Colorado.

Spent the weekend camping below Radium, where, obviously, trains should be no surprise. However, they are working on the tracks during the day, which greatly increases nighttime activity. I may be delirious, but it seemed as though they were coming through every hour. Not the best impression if you're showing a guest how cool overnight trips are

I don't know how long the project will last...just wanted to throw it out there. We are all very tired.

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we were up there on Sunday and commented we have been there and havent seen or heard a train all day. Was thinking they had labor day off! glad we didnt stay overnight!
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One word for how to get a good night's sleep while camping on the Upper C: Earplugs
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One word for how to get a good night's sleep while camping on the Upper C: Earplugs
...or sleep on the tracks
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One word for how to get a good night's sleep while camping on the Upper C: Xanax

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We've noticed the same thing. Once they started that tie/rail replacement project all the train traffic comes through at night. Has made for some fitful sleeping on a few overnighters. Especially when the train is coming up-grade.
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You guys obviously did not drink enough! Sufficiently buzzed, I slept through all the trains on our first night on the upper c a few weeks ago!
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I don't know what you guys are talking about......

what trains?

just kidding.
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Train work

Talked to the workers last week after a few loud nights up there. They are working 8 days on and 7 days off through early October. If I counted correctly, they should be off for a week after today. They said there will be an average of 10 trains waiting to come through the nights they are working.
They are working their way to Bond. After that they are off to Nebraska.

Pretty cool to watch that machine work. Got some interesting stats from the workers:
The machine doing the replacements cost $16 million
Only 2 of them in the world (other is in Europe)
That project costs $2000/ minute to operate
Lots of workers standing around watching
Each cement railroad tie that they are putting in weighs 710lbs

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