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Grand Junction Industry Trackage – part 5 [Trackside Colorado PA]

gjt_lead_26.jpg: ZTS 728 Team Track
gjt_lead_18.jpg: ZTS 041 Depot #1 Track leased to BNSF

Here are some of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; industry trackage at Grand Junction.
  
  
As of Dec. 4, 2018, Trains News Wire, the introducing of Precision Scheduled Railroading at Union Pacific will be implemented by the middle of 2019. It is already announced that MNYRO/MRONY was switched to tri-weekly MNYGJ/MGJNY since Dec. 2018. These may bring some changes to the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity. Here, I represent my record of the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity as of summer 2017.


There was industry trackage diverting from the main track at the depot. The trackage parallels South Ave once extended east to S 6th St, drew a semicircle toward the south and merged into another industry trackage paralleled the main, making a kind of balloon track surrounding the downtown industrial district[1].

gjt_lead_19.jpg: ZTS 729 and Central Distributing Co. warehouse
gjt_lead_20.jpg: ZTS 729 and LEWCO Warehouse Co. warehouse

The industry trackage parallels South Ave still remains as far as to S 5th St. Along the industry trackage, two warehouses within the downtown industrial district retains loading gates facing the track.

Warehouse on South Ave occupied by Central Distributing Co. (2001 Union Pacific Zone-Track-Spot 729, Central Distributing) has loading gates facing the trackage. The structure itself was built in 1980[2].

Warehouse on South Ave occupied by LEWCO Warehouse Co. has loading gates and the platform facing the trackage. The structure was built in 1915, and housed Morey Mercantile Co., the J.S. Brown Mercantile Co., and Armour & Co. in 1919 according to Sanborn Fire Insurance Map[2, 3].


gjt_lead_21.jpg: GMCO Corporation depot
gjt_lead_22.jpg: ZTS 725 and 726 GMCO Corporation spur

Within the downtown industrial district, besides former D&RGW freight depot, several industries are still served by rail.

GMCO Corporation (ZTS 725, G. M. C. O. and 726, House #6) established in 1964, provides road maintenance and dust control products[4]. GMCO receives chemical products by tank cars. One of the steel tanks at the facilities retains TEXACO stencil representing the predecessor.

NVECO Services Inc. established in 2005, next to the south of GMCO is also served by rail (ZTS 710, Mobil Oil)[5]. NVECO ships collected used oil by tank cars.

[1] 1960-61 D&RGW Utah Industry Map;
[2] City of Grand Junction Business Map;
[3] 1919 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of Grand Junction;
[4] GMCO Corporation company homepage;
[5] Quick Transport Solutions website;

gjt_lead_29_google-map.jpg: Map of Grand Junction Industries Served by rail

  

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Grand Junction Industry Trackage – part 4 [Trackside Colorado PA]

gjt_lead_14.jpg: ZTS 775 looking north from the D Rd

Here is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; industry trackage at Grand Junction.
  
  
As of Dec. 4, 2018, Trains News Wire, the introducing of Precision Scheduled Railroading at Union Pacific will be implemented by the middle of 2019. It is already announced that MNYRO/MRONY was switched to tri-weekly MNYGJ/MGJNY since Dec. 2018. These may bring some changes to the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity. Here, I represent my record of the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity as of summer 2017.


A railroad track crosses the D Rd between S 12th St and S 17th St. It’s the industry trackage (2001 Union Pacific Zone-Track-Spot 775, Holsum Bakers) serving several industries. The industry trackage diverts from the Yard Alternate Track (ZTS 103), drawing a semicircle toward the south, crosses the D Rd and reaches several industries.

According to 1960 D&RGW Utah Industry Map, this industry trackage was the contract with Holly Sugar Corporation[1]. However, the sugar mill was closed and consolidated into the factory at Delta, CO. in 1929; the sugar mill site later became Climax Uranium Mill in 1951. The siding on the west side of the industry trackage was also assigned to the sugar mill as beet holding track (ZTS 776, Beet Holr track), but is ripped up today.


The northernmost industry served by this industry trackage today is the Rockwater Energy Solutions (ZTS 780, Earth Grains, Inc.) established in 2011, providing fluids and environmental solutions[2]. Western Pump & Dredge in 1992, Earth Grains Inc. in 2001, were the successive contractors at this facility. The structure itself was built in 1975[3]. The short industry trackage diverts east to the unloading station.

gjt_lead_15.jpg: ZTS 780 to Rockwater Energy Solutions and ZTS 778 to Alpine Lumber

The rail served industry next to the Rockwater Energy Solutions on the south today is the Alpine Lumber Company (ZTS 778, Boise Cascade).

Independent Lumber established in 1904 is the predecessor of the company[4]. It was sold to Boise Cascade in 1978. However, the former Independent Lumber owner established the Alpine Lumber and returned to the facility in 1983[5]. The structure itself was built in 1979[3].

Alpine Lumber prepares 7 car capacity lead diverting east from the industry trackage[6]. It receives boxcars and center beam flatcars of raw materials.

gjt_lead_16.jpg: ZTS 781 looking north from Winters Ave

The rail served industry next to the Alpine Lumber Company on the south today is the Kemper Valve & Fittings Corporation (ZTS 777, Hub Oi St) established in 1965[7]. The structure itself was built in 1979[3]. The industry trackage is intact and the company states the rail access in the company homepage, but the rail traffic is uncertain.

The industry trackage (ZTS 779, Vacant) extends east to Bimbo Bakeries USA established in 1994, the successor of Holsum Bakers, and Hercules Industries Inc established in 1962[8, 9]. The structure of Bimbo was built in 1980 and of Hercules was built in 1976[3]. However, they seem don’t use the rail.

gjt_lead_17.jpg: ZTS 781 looking south from Winters Ave

The recent end of the industry trackage draws a semicircle toward the east at the south of Winters Ave at Waste Management Inc. (ZTS 781, BFI Recycling) backyard. The preceding contractor was the BFI Recycling Systems according to 2001 Union Pacific ZTS Map.

[1] 1960 D&RGW Utah Industry Map;
[2] Rockwater Energy Solutions company homepage;
[3] City of Grand Junction Business Map;
[4] Aug. 3, 2013 The Daily Sentinel;
[5 Dec. 9, 2015 The Denver Post;
[6] Dec. 7, 2015 The Daily Sentinel;
[7] Kemper Valve & Fittings Corporation company homepage;
[8] Bimbo Bakeries USA company homepage;
[9] Hercules Industries Inc company homepage;
* 2010 photo of HLCX #3856 switching ZTS 778 found at Trainboard.com web site;

gjt_lead_29_google-map.jpg: Map of Grand Junction Industries Served by rail

  

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Grand Junction Industry Trackage – part 3 [Trackside Colorado PA]

gjt_lead_11.jpg: ZTS 765 crossing 4th St
gjt_lead_13.jpg: Western Metals Recycling
gjt_lead_12.jpg: ZTS 765

Here is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; industry trackage at Grand Junction.
  
  
As of Dec. 4, 2018 Trains newswire, the introducing of Precision Scheduled Railroading at Union Pacific will be implemented by the middle of 2019. It is already announced that MNYRO/MRONY was switched to tri-weekly MNYGJ/MGJNY since Dec. 2018. These may bring some changes to the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity. Here, I represent my record of the local traffic at Grand Junction and its vicinity as of summer 2017.


Another railroad track crosses the 4th Ave west of S 7th St. It’s the short industry trackage (2001 Union Pacific Zone-Track-Spot 765, VanGundy’s) serving the scrap metal company. The industry trackage diverts from the West Leg of Wye (ZTS 110) under 5th St viaduct, drawing a semicircle toward the south, crosses the street and reaches the scrap yard.

Van Gundy’s Automobile, Metals & Plating Co.(AMPCO), Inc. was established in 1929[1]. Once, two parallel industry trackage served the company. However, the one on the east was abandoned and the other on the west was shortened by the construction of Riverside Parkway[2]. The company was absorbed by Western Metals Recycling LLC in 2012[3]. It ships scrap metals by gondola cars.

The large Quonset structure painted beige shown opposite the former Rio Grande main in the first photo was also a scrap metal company to be served by rail: the Grand Junction Metal Movers LLC (ZTS 712, Vacant)[4]. The company had a plan to ship scrap metals to Pueblo, CO. but seems never happened. John O. Spendrup and his Great Basin Development LLC, the owner of the property, also own quite plats at Cisco, Utah.

[1] company overview web page on Bloomberg website;
[2] Apr. 20, 2011 The Business Times;
[3] Feb. 1, 2012 The Daily Sentinel;
[4] Oct. 6, 2011 The Daily Sentinel;
* 2011 photo of UP #1480 switching ZTS 765 at Trainboard.com web site;

gjt_lead_29_google-map.jpg: Map of Grand Junction Industries Served by rail

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