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I saw 4014 in Colorado this weekend and I noticed that it was pulling 8-10 freight cars (see attached image). I thought it was supposed to only haul the excursion cars?
 

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I caught it east of Limon on the curve and saw the cars - grain hoppers, looked like new or recently cleaned up. When I went into Limon they had 4014 parked by the depot museum and the rest of the train parked a little to the east, complete with the hoppers. That they were heading west suggests the hoppers were empty.


Nice picture, by the way.
 

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it is probably because of the snow. they needed more weight without the use of the diesel dynamic breaking which on cold track could be an issue. I guess.
 
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