Railfan Like A Local
Our favorite Colorado railfanning sites (and sights)
through the eyes of nationally known photographer Erik Lindgren
UP Moffat Tunnel Subdivision
Highway 72 access at Highway 93 or 72 from Arvada.
Amtrak direction westbound leaves Denver 8:05am and the eastbound arrives Denver at 6:58 pm. Two BNSF daily trains and occasional UP manifest both ways Grand Junction to Denver. Most areas require a fair amount of hiking and some areas are dangerous with falls greater than 700 feet, yet there are plenty of locations along public roads that are easily accessible all the way to Moffat Tunnel. The west side is easily accessible past Winter Park by driving I70 to Winter Park. Specific locations are shown below.
Big Ten Curve and Rocky (rattlesnakes)
Blue Mountain Fire Station 3- Crescent
East Portal Moffat Tunnel
At least 25 coal, manifest, and intermodal trains per day. Well known and popular and locations are all along the Joint Line from Denver to Pueblo. Shared operations reflect the UP Colorado Springs Subdivision BNSF Pikes Peak Subdivision. Favorite locations follow.
BNSF Brush Subdivision
Amtrak leaves westbound Fort Morgan at 5: 10am for Denver and the eastbound arrives at Fort Morgan at 8:40 pm. Similar traffic as Joint Line. Signals and high-speed operation. Favorite locations follow.
BNSF Front Range Subdivision
Expect 5-10 trains per day. Longmont Switch and Lafayette Switch go on duty Wednesdays. Use a radio scanner as there are no signals. Our favorite locations follow.
Louisville and Burkes Hill on Baseline Road
Diagonal Highway between Boulder and Longmont
Longmont including street running on Atwood Street
North of Longmont on N 115th Street
15 and South County Road 15a south of Berthoud
Fort Collins including street running on South Mason Street through lower downtown
East Vine Drive and yards Fort Collins and interchange with Great Western Railroad 11- Bridges north of Wellington and Owl Canyon
Speer Junction south of Cheyenne