The Rio Grande/Southern Pacific hookup is symbolized by this westbound lumber drag passing Mount Shasta.
An assortment of Rio Grande power at the diesel service area on a beautiful July morning.
Adam Farence Photo
The Alamosa Turn crests the 2.5% climb to La Veta Pass. The train will soon be descending the 3% grade, on the journey to Walsenburg, Colorado...
Like a Model on a Shelf
The Rio Grade Zephyrhugs a mountainside as it approaches Gilluly, Utah. In a few miles the climb to Soldier Summit will be complete, and the descent ... (more)
An eastbound Rio Grande manifest clears one of the two tunnels built to bypass the mudslide at Thistle, Utah, which is hidden behind the mountain that now hosts the tunnels. At the extreme left, f... (more)
A westbound Rio Grande freight drifts downgrade after clearing one of the two newest tunnels on the system. The twin tunnels in the distance were cut into that mountain after the disastrous Thist... (more)
Running elephant style, a Rio Grande SD50 and two SD40T-2’s lead an eastbound freight onto the post-1983 alignment of the main line near Thistle, Utah. A huge mudslide and subsequent flooding wipe... (more)
An eastbound Rio Grande freight waits in the hole by the station at Thompson, Utah. After a couple of westbounds clear the single track east of Thompson, the train will proceed east toward Grand J... (more)
If there was a single train that was a poster child for the Rio Grande’s operational philosophy of short, fast trains, it was train 87. Seen here approaching the western end of the Dotsero Cutoff,... (more)
The Ford Fast Freight continues its westward journey on the Rio Grande main line at Howard, Colorado. While the train has been steadily grinding upgrade along the Arkansas River since short... (more)
After shooting westbound Rio Grande train 197 in cloudy light at Cotopaxi, Colorado, we chased it to the vicinity of Salida,... (more)
With four Missouri Pacific SD40-2’s following a Rio Grande tunnel motor, westbound Rio Grande coal train 788 negotiates the small canyon near Cotopaxi, Colorado. The 100 car train was loaded at Ca... (more)
Rio Grande train 179, the Ford Fast Freight, hugs the bank of the Arkansas River as it winds through Cotopaxi, Colorado. My friends opted for a rock outcropping over the river just west of ... (more)
Rio Grande train 179, the Ford Fast Freight, grinds westward along the Arkansas River in Texas Creek, Colorado. Although the heart of the grade over Tennessee Pass is still about fifty mile... (more)