Rio Grande’s “Yampa Valley” Train 10, with extra coaches on the rear for skiers, is in the siding at Winter Park, Colo. to let a freight behind GP-35 3044 hustle on past so that it can pull up to ... (more)
It was a dusty and dirty job for D&RGW laborers dumping and spreading rock ballast at Tunnel 17 near Crescent, Colo. on June 4, 1984.
After the Rio Grande ultimately joined Amtrak in 1983, its three famous F units served the winter of 1984 on the Ski Train. Afterwards, they spent their final days in ballast
work train service ... (more)
The excitement of catching a pure consist of Rio Grande GP40-2s is tempered only by the stench as the containers of trash breeze on by.
Through the Rockies, not around them. So proclaimed the motto of the Denver & Rio Grande, later known as the Denver & Rio Grande Western. In order to accomplish that goal, the D&RGW laid ... (more)
The Rio Grande Zephyr train No. 18 has successfully crossed 7440 ft. Soldier Summit on a wintry March 6, 1977 morning.
The only Rio Grande 100-ton quad hopper that was ever lettered with Southern Pacific “speed lettering” was D&RGW No. 12663, built in May 1982. On January 20, 2013, the car rests in the yard at Kem... (more)
The rear of D&RGW 5382’s westbound train is still in the Continental Divide and Tennessee Pass summit tunnel as the train now begins its 3% decline at Mitchell, Colo. The train will drop almost 2... (more)
At 8,574-ft. elevation Fraser, Colo. competes with International Falls, Minn. often calling itself the coldest spot in the USA. D&RGW’s eastbound Train 100 has to climb 665-ft. more height as i... (more)
Here's photographic evidence that there was steam on the Denver & Rio Grande Western mainline in 1977. A Bucyrus Derrick was called out of Roper Yard to clean up an eight car derailment at Provo o... (more)
Taking it slow.... D&RGW Locomotive #478 slowly eases a late afternoon Silverton Mixed around the horseshoe curve, on the High Line in Rockwood, CO. Her engineer has her doing about 5 mph... (more)
The Silverton. The throaty bark of a D&RGW K-28 Locomotive echos off the nearby hills as she struggles up the 2.5% grade between Hermosa and Rockwood, CO with an early morning Silverton Tra... (more)
A little less than 38 years ago, the Rio Grande Zephyr train No. 18 crests 7440 ft. Soldier Summit on March 27, 1977.
Caboose built by International Car in March of 1976.