Rio Grande SD40T-2 5380, Union Pacific SD40-2 3615 and a trio of Missouri Pacific SD40-2's, 6003, 6014 and 6016 head East with a loaded coal train that contains 3 experimental Ortner aluminum hopp... (more)
Rio Grande SD50 5514 is the lead engine on a mid-train 4 unit helper set shoving an Eastbound through the S-curve at Mitchell under threatening skies.
Rio Grande SD40T-2 5383 fronts a Westbound coal empty as it descends Tennessee Pass into the crew change point of Minturn.
SP264 exits Tennessee Pass tunnel into glorious Colorado Sunshine! The Pass was closed late summer of 1997.
UP8016 screams upgrade at Mitchell. This was a rare consist for a Tennessee Pass coal load. It is unlikely many pure UP lash-ups made it over Tennessee Pass on coal loads before the pass closed.... (more)
One of the last trains over Tennessee Pass is heading north towards Leadville.
One of the last trains to run over Tennessee Pass. A storm is brewing in the mountains. The cloud cover almost reaches the train.
The hum of dynamic brakes interrupts the morning quiet after a snowstorm the previous night on Tennessee Pass. DRGW 5404 leads a westbound doublestack downhill at 9 a.m. at the overpass just east ... (more)
D&RGW 5508 leads an eastbound as it crosses the Eagle River two miles west of Minturn.
DRGW 5401 leads the helper set as it eases back to Minturn. The helpers are crossing the Eagle River at the east end of Belden, near the town of Red Cliff on a glorious fall day. Nothing could bea... (more)
DRGW 5352 West eases downgrade as it passes under U.S. 24 as it nears Belden siding.
The heart of CCRG #402 a 16 cylinder beast that along with the 16 cylinder diesel engine in the B unit pull the Canon City Royal Gorge route train through the Royal Gorge.
Rio Grime! 5343, 5370, 5392, 5333 and 5325 slowly exit the tunnel at Tennessee Pass followed by a pall of choking black exhaust in July 1981. This monster one hundred car eastbound coal train (#79... (more)
Tennessee Pass Route in Salida, Colorado. I'm too young to remember trains on this route, but through pictures and using my imagination I can see why others wish it would reopen.
6 tunnel motors slog up the Tennessee Pass towards Leadville. The first 5 are still in Rio Grande Livery.