Rail Blog :: June 13, 2016

I have been wanting to take a Monday off for awhile now and go chase the CUSIPJ from Helper to Provo. With in the last month the Utah Railway had started using Union Pacific's power for the train but they do use their power for the helpers. My plan had been to catch it at the Savage coal loadout but that ended up not happening and I instead caught it right around the Nolan tunnels.

CUSIPJ (Coal: Savage Coal Loadout to IPP)

Headend: UP 7470 (C45ACCTE), UP 8914 (SD70AH) Helpers: Utah 5002 (MK50-3), Utah 6063 (SD50S), Utah 6064 (SD50S), Utah 6062 (SD50S), Utah 5003 (MK50-3) DPUs: UP 5399 (C45ACCTE), UP :: Location: Price Canyon, UT :: Milepost: Provo Sub, MP 636.13

UP 7470 leads the CUSIPJ towars the Nolan tunnels
UP 7470 leads the CUSIPJ west towards the Nolan tunnel.
The Utah helps working hard
The Utah Railway helps work hard to get the train up the grade.
The Utah helps head into Nolan tunnel
The Utah Railway helps as the start to enter the tunnel.

Location: Price Canyon, UT :: Milepost: Provo Sub, MP Unknown

UP 7470 leading the CUSIPJ
UP 7470 leads the CUSIPJ arond the bend.
UP 7470 leads the CUSIPJ over the Price river
UP 7470 leading it's train over the Price River.
IPPX cars full of coal roll along
I couldn't pass up getting a shot of just the cars as the train went over the Price River.
The Utah helps round the bend
The helps round the bend.
The Utah helps round the bend
Another shot of the helps.

Location: Colton, UT :: Milepost: Provo Sub, MP 645.93

As I got to Colton it began to rain and by the time I got to my spot and was ready to shoot the train it was a complete down poor. Instead of getting out and taking these pictures I stayed in my car and took these.

UP 7470 heads west towards Provo
UP 7470 heads west towards Solider Summit.
Utah helps with the headend off in the distance
If you look closely you can see the headend of the train.
The DPUs shoving as the train heads west
With the DPUs in view I noticed that you can see the headlight on the helps in this picture.

Location: Gilluly, UT :: Milepost: Provo Sub, MP 645.93

Due to the down poor I had to skip over the shots I had planned on taking at Soldier Summit but I was able to get some pictures at Gilluly so all was not lost.

UP 7470 coming down soldier summit
UP 7470 brings it's train down Soldier Summit.
CUSIPJ heading down soldier summit
The headend started to hide it's self the instant that the helps came into view.
The Utah helps roll down hill
The helps heading down the grade.
UP 7470 coming down grade
UP 7470 is about to lead the train under US6 as it heads down grade.