15" x 22", Watercolour, 2011
The morning sun breaks though the clouds as Union Pacific #4001 leads a westbound
train past the interlocking tower at Borie, Wyoming. Shaking the ground beneath are two of the worlds largest
steam locomotives, 4-8-8-4 types called “Big Boys”, needed to haul the train up Sherman Hill from Cheyenne
towards Laramie. The wood frame tower was built in 1919 to control mainline switches and derails. This tower
would be torn down in 1953 to make way for a more modern system called CTC (Centralized traffic Control).
The Junction would then be remotely controlled by a CTC dispatcher in nearby Cheyenne.
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