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UMTRA local between Moab and Green River.

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©  Feb 22, 2010


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UMTRA local between Moab and Green River.



Driving from Helper UT towards Flagstaff AZ, I was lucky enough to see a triangle of headlights in the distance. There aren't many trains from Moab, but I was lucky enough to catch the UMTRA local. UMTRA = Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action. It is a Department of Energy project to clean up uranium contaminated soil and water from between two national parks, and bordered by the Colorado River — the very same river that runs through the Grand Canyon and powers the Hoover Dam. Every day for the next 18 years a train will take loaded containers of contaminated tailings to Crescent Junction for disposal. Amazing project. Get in before 2028 if you want photos of this train!
A great shot 🙂
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