Although the motive power and crew car are different than on its predecessor California Zephyr, which began service on this route in March, 1949, the last-ever westbound Rio Grande Zephy... (more)
On April 13, 1999, the UP 6936 was coming west from Grand Junction on an engineering special. As I drove into Helper that morning to scope out a shot, the MDVROX was departing the yard with a four... (more)
Waiting in the clear at Rollinsville for the westbound California Zephyr to pass, F7A’s 5741 and 5744 are headed back to Denver on January 30, 1966, with Rio Grande’s wreck train after two days’ d... (more)
On a bright, late autumn day, Union Pacific’s LJP45 “dirt train,” hauling contaminated dirt and municipal waste, passes mile 607.4 east of Wash, Utah, on November 21, 2003. Three Rio Grande EMD SD... (more)
Shortly after sunrise on January 30, 1966, here comes Rio Grande’s famous Ski Train, just past Rocky siding and ready to dig into the 2 percent grade that begins at Little Ten Curve. In the next f... (more)
A group of Rio Grande tunnel motors have been fueled, sanded, and are ready for work at Helper Yard on March 14, 1999.
A little past noon on March 6, 1966, Rio Grande’s Train 10, the Yampa Valley, has been waiting only a few minutes at Azure siding near the entrance to Little Gore Canyon when Train 17, the Califor... (more)
While afternoon storms roll onto the plains, a westbound Union Pacific freight pounds upgrade at mile 14.5 west of Leyden, Colorado, on April 14, 2001. Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 No. 5345 leads the tr... (more)
A matched set of Rio Grande tunnel motors are staged at Helper Yard to cut into an inbound Savage coal train to assist on the climb to Soldier Summit.
Rio Grande 5411 pulls the Woodchip Local through Spring Glen on Feb. 28, 1999.
Former Aspen gold and silver Rio Grande caboose No. 01483 sits in a vacant lot at Fremont, Nebraska, on May 22, 2014.
Rio Grande's Railblazer hustles east toward Denver on Sept. 13, 1989.
Various locomotives at the D&RGW North Yard.
As the Engineer pulls down into the yard from the other unit the rest of the crew is ready to bail off with lunch bucket in hand for beans.
Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor No. 5401 leads Union Pacific’s MDVRO (Denver to Salt Lake City) manifest freight rumbling through Crescent, Colorado, on April 2, 2001. This locomotive has been... (more)