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The photo album is in PDF format and Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5 or newer is required (Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe). The CD will run on operating systems as old as Windows 95, but will not read on earlier versions of Acrobat Reader.

Burlington Northern
Palmer Lake & The Colorado Joint Line
Photographer, Author, and Editor: David A. Bontrager
Publisher: DABble Publishing & Imaging

  • Burlington Northern – Palmer Lake & The Colorado Joint Line, Vol. 79, is a CD photo album featuring action photos of the Burlington Northern at Palmer Lake and over the Colorado Joint Line between Denver and Palmer Lake.
  • The circa of the photos is the late-1980s to mid-1990s, which was still primarily the green and black years on the BN, although LMX and Oakway units, and SD60Ms were in operation.  The Joint Line was jointly owned by the Rio Grande and Santa Fe railroads, but the BN operated more trains over this line than both of the owning railroads combined.  The BN trains were operated by the Santa Fe.  Palmer Lake is the summit of the Joint Line, and also the end of double track from Denver.  At over 7,200 ft. elevation, Palmer Lake is 2,000 ft. higher than Denver, so it's a grueling 50 mile long climb for southbounds, making this a helper district.  This book can only show photos, but the real excitement was being on the summit as five head-end units approached in Run 8 at 10 mph!  The ground would vibrate, and the noise was awesome.  Sit back and enjoy the show as the author shows BN trains in action over one of his favorite railfan locations, Palmer Lake and the Colorado Joint Line.
  • The images are in pristine condition and will view excellently on screen.  A few may be slightly less than perfect, but I feel the historic value of the trains shown outweighs the technical aspects of the photo.
  • Pages may be printed for personal non-commercial use only – not for public distribution by any manual, mechanical or electronic means.
  • Custom enlargements and posters are available directly from the author.  All custom enlargements and posters are professionally printed on Premium Heavyweight Gloss Photo Paper.  Not all photos may be available as individual prints, but most are.  Email inquiries to: sales@fatjacksplace.com or dabontrager@yahoo.com