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Union Pacific Family Day at Colton Yard

Colton, California
May 3, 2008

Story and photographs copyright 2008 by Richard Elgenson
RailNews Network writer

The kids had their own area for play while the employees socialized.

The food at this event was excellent.  It was quite a warm day in Colton and the railroad supplied plenty of water and soft drinks.
Maintenance is extremely important for operating a safe railroad.  High rail trucks and larger crane trucks bring workers and materials to and from the jobsite.

Below right demonstrates different materials used for ties, ie creosoted wood, concrete and steel.  Apparently, duct tape has an important use in track structure, though I am not sure what for.
What's this peeking from between the equipment?

Colton Yard arranged for the UP 1996 locomtive to be present.  This is the third time I have seen this Southern Pacific heritage painted locomotive.  My favorite view of this unit is from Salt Lake City Utah on June 30, 2007 parked on a wye track attached to the other heritage engines.


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