My last day in Colorado before heading east was 7 Feb 2000. I was originally planning on just heading east from Denver on I-70 but with the weather so crystal clear for yet another day, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to hit the lake one last time. I was hoping to catch a photo of a southbound BNSF "pumpkin" snaking its way around the curve a couple miles north of "the lake." Well as luck would have it, I passed through Larkspur after leaving southbound I-25, under the old Santa Fe bridge on the southbound track, past the turn-off for Greenland and what do I see but the tail end of a coal train. Try as I might on the bumpy county road, I just missed meeting the head end of the train at the spot I was aiming for!! Continuing on to the lake, I was VERY SURPRISED at the scene that greeted me. Between the two tracks at the north end of "the lake" I found a selection of rail cars stacked next to each other; others still on their sides; and to my surprise three Amtrak "Northeast Direct" passenger coaches. The wreck crew was in place cleaning up the derailment that apparently took place about 9pm the previous evening. (I don't have any official time or cause of the incident - comments welcome.) There was no sign of the motive power and I have no idea what was involved or how it happened. Many of the railcars were lettered BN but I'll make no assumptions as to what was dragging the unlucky manifest.
Aftermath photos of the 6 Feb 2000 derailment:
View looking northwest - 3 Amtrak coaches are visible
Local news media were covering the scene...
Closer view of Amtrak coach '20041'
Bottom of BN gondola '560465'
Part of the track-replacement crew
General view looking northeast
Several of the other railcars involved