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Ode to Utah Coal, Vol. 2

February 12, 2017

A 'cachet' is a quality that distinguishes something as unique, and it connotes a state of superiority. A "railfan's cachet" is a quality that distinguishes something as unique, and it also connotes a state of superiority--but only from the point of view of the trackside enthusiast.  Everyone else regards this same thing with a state of total aversion.     Okay... so I may have just made that up...  But, it kind of describes our world, doesn't it? The things that are attractive to railfans are often the very same things that others view with antipathy. Take for example Utah Railway's (UTR) roster of Alco locomotives. No career railroader would claim that, by the late 1970s, the UTR fleet of RSD-4 and 5s...

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Ode to Utah Coal, Vol. 1

February 06, 2017

A six unit, mid-train helper set cuts out from Utah Railway's last scheduled coal train at Ironton, Utah.   Change happens. Yet, we have a remarkable inability to appreciate change except from the point of view of great distance. For example, in the year of my birth, nine railroads operated within an hour of Utah’s Wasatch front. Today, there are three. It goes without saying that there is a tremendous difference between then and today, and it is easy to point to how things are different. But, it is more difficult to point to how things are different from six months ago. It seems as though our minds are very imprecise for dealing with change in real time.   It...

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