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Pueblo
 
Pueblo, Colorado is the stop before entering or exiting the helices from the lower level. The helices can be entered either to the right, which leads to the lower helix, or the rear, which goes to the upper helix.

Number 4111, a borrowed cab-forward from the Southern Pacific, pulls a freight from La Junta and the West Coast.

 
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Pueblo, on the layout, is the southern terminus for trains moving to and from Denver on the joint Chicago, Burlington & Quincy - Denver, Rio Grande & Western trackage.

Number 4111 passes the industrial area of Pueblo. Industries located there include a Railway Express Agency office, a hardware distributor, and a coal-fired power plant.

The power plant is a Walthers kit depicting a design common from the 1920's. The prototype power plant in Pueblo dates from 1973.

The scratch-built Union Avenue tower controls tracks leading to and from the station.

 
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Sitting on the banks of the Arkansas River, the town itself is an important junction for traffic and goods between Kansas City and Denver.

The Missouri Pacific Railroad connects here to the Denver, Rio Grande and Western Railroad. Although not represented on our layout at the present time, we hope to add a staging track some time in the future to enable a train to arrive from Kansas City. We run the line's Colorado Eagle as a regular train.

The Union Avenue bridge marks the station's eastern limits and spans the Arkansas River.

 
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We get a close-up of the station area industrial complex in Pueblo, while an excursion train enters the wye. Two Denver, Rio Grande and Western F-3's are followed by a day coach. The train will be turned around and arrive on station track 1. It will return to Denver later in the day.

 
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Our version of the Union Depot is a scratchbuilt, close representation of the one that is the linchpin of the Union Avenue Historic Commercial District in Pueblo. The clock tower is higher on our model and the clock face put on the other side of the tower, so that the clock face can be seen from the aisle.

The original station was finished in 1900. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Colorado & Southern (a subsidiary of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad), Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad all ran passenger trains using this depot.

 
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As Number 4111 flies through on the Depot's No. 1 track, we get a good view of the riverfront. Given the number of stock cars in the train, it is a desirable thing to keep it moving beyond the station.

 
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The building to the left of the Union Depot is the Denver, Rio Grande & Western Freight House. It, too, is scratchbuilt and a close representation of the real building. A picture for comparison is located here:
 http://www.historycolorado.org/oahp/pueblo-county

This building was used by the Denver Rio Grande & Western, Missouri Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads.

 
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Looking across the freight yard, we get a full shot of the Freight House building. To the west of the building are the storage and service tracks of the diesel house of the Denver Rio Grande & Western.
 
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Another view of the freight classification yard in Pueblo. The eastbound main is the near track. Track 5 serves as the arrival track and 1-4 are the classification tracks. Notice the snowplow on track 4. It won't be long before we will need it.

 
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The extra pulled by No. 4111 is leaving Pueblo, bound for Colorado Springs, on the westbound main.

 
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No. 4111 steams through a cut as it heads for Colorado Springs. A pair of stripper oil wells frame the scene.

 
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This is the view that the yardmasters of Colorado Springs and Pueblo have as they sit at the layout. The Colorado Springs yardmaster sits on the left side, while the Pueblo yardmaster is on the right.

In the upper left of the picture, we can see the truss bridge north of Cajon over Cajon Creek.

The control panel for Summit is open for maintenance in the upper right of the picture.

 
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