A six-pack of Rio Grande SD40T-2s drift through Helper Yard prior to cutting into a 100 car coal train for the steep climb to Soldier Summit. In the group are DRGW 5390, DRGW 5342, DRGW 5373, DRGW... (more)
With the 488 on the point and 487 helping mid-train, a long westbound train, probably at the limit of 70 cars, is strung out along the hillside above Los Pinos River west of Rock Tunnel. The rear... (more)
The “dirt train” out of Helper approaches the west switch at Mounds, Utah, on November 22, 2003. A light dusting of snow has frosted the remarkable textures of the high desert as Rio Grande Tunnel... (more)
A long eastbound train rounds Tanglefoot curve east of Cumbres. Tanglefoot may or may not have been a term used by the railroaders, it does not appear in any timetables or special instructions, bu... (more)
Rio Grande 5345, from D&RGW's first order for 15 SD40T-2s, leads a heavy 136 train through Spanish Fork Canyon on Sept. 26, 1987.
Under a blanket of low hanging clouds, a westbound Rio Grande manifest thunders through the reverse curve just east of Thompson, Utah.
Running from mounting afternoon storms, a westbound automotive train charges across the Utah desert near Floy.
Rolling through the desert moonscape at Floy, Utah, a late-afternoon Rio Grande manifest rolls east toward Colorado.
Dusk on the Moon
In his book Never on Wednesday, photographer Mel Patrick called this area of the Utah desert a “moonscape”, and I can’t imagine anywhere on earth that would... (more)
Short, Fast Freights
Saddled with two rugged mountain crossings, of the Rockies in Colorado and the Wasatch in Utah, the Rio Grande developed an operational philosophy to be compet... (more)
With storms brewing near the Book Cliffs, a Rio Grande manifest rolls across the desert near Grassy, Utah.
All is silent on the Gunnison Line...
The Denver & Rio Grande Western stretched westward toward the booming gold mines of the mighty west bound for mines near Crested Butte and points west... (more)
Viewed from the Royal Gorge suspension bridge, Rio Grande train 788 negotiates the narrowest section of the Gorge. Originating at the Roadside Mine at Cameo, Colorado, this train of coal has succe... (more)
SW1000 switches the North Yard lead in August 1996. The old EMD built in 1966 could not be MU'd to anything, so it was always a lone switcher...
Perched high atop the Royal Gorge, DRGW's 2-8-4 499 sits through a passing rain shower as clouds begin to encase the southern Colorado landscape.