Three SD50’s bring train 706 with 66 cars of coal into the double track at Winter Park, Colorado. After waiting for Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr to clear, the train will cross the C... (more)
Rio Grande's 101 train emerges from the Thistle Tunnels on May 20, 1989. To the right is a large landslide that made necessary the 1983 line change through Billy's Mountain.
Although the Burnham shops have been closed for many months and the main Burnham Yard tracks have been removed, there still sits a time capsule of DRGW power on the west side of the Burnham compl... (more)
On a frosty December morning in 1974, the Rio Grande Zephyr makes its first station stop out of Salt Lake City, during its 575 mile journey east to Denver.
Steamscape: Tanglefoot Curve. A Denver & Rio Grande Western freight runs around the Tanglefoot Curve and it runs the last mile of its trek to Cumbres Pass. The road engine this days is DRG... (more)
The year may be 2000 and the date may be April 1st, but the presence of Rio Grande tunnel motors in Helper, Utah was no joke. D&RGW 5345 shoves on the rear of Union Pacific's Denver to Salt Lake C... (more)
Double-header westbound at Tanglefoot. A classic, early 1900s double-header graces the complex curves of the Cumbres Loop, known more popularly as "Tanglefoot Curve." This train is westbo... (more)
MINTURN CO AUG. 23 1981 -- D&RGW GP30 3013 awaits a crew to take its train west.
Pinning on the power. A D&RGW K-27 Locomotive couples up to a freight consist in the yard at Cumbres Pass, in preparation for the trip down the 4% grade to Chama, NM and beyond. On the si... (more)
Walsenburg CO July 4 1978 -- The crew is preparing DRGW GP40 3085 for its departure with a mixed freight in tow.
Snaking her way past MP 308.7, DRGW Locomotive 315 hugs the contours of the hills above the Rio de Los Pinos as she hauls her freight consist west toward Toltec Gorge.
The Toltec Gorge a... (more)
Charging east at Cascade. Well, charging in quotes anyway. Trains typically take this trestle at relatively low speed, given the obvious consequences of a mishap. The iron bridge over C... (more)
A dirty DRGW 5381 leads 4 other units on a coal train on the Joint Line near Colorado Springs in June of 1989.
An essential step in firing a steam locomotive is the blow-down. This opens the boiler to atmospheric pressure just above the mudring, allowing the steam pressure above the water to force all of t... (more)
Steamscape - Los Pinos. After filling its tender with water at the Los Pinos Tank, D&RGW 315 heads west toward Cumbres Pass with 10 freight cars and a caboose on a cool, late summer afterno... (more)