In the summer of 1969, the Illinois Central leased a group of F7s from the Denver & Rio Grande Western to help with a power shortage. This bright yellow A-B-B-A set was in charge of a northbound I... (more)
Rounding Cumbres Loop. A 30-car D&RGW Freight Charter, organized by the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, has just rounded the apex of the Cumbres Loop and is proceeding up ... (more)
Along the Rio de Los Pinos. A 30-car D&RGW Freight runs compass southeast in the cool morning light along the Rio de Los Pinos, en route to Osier, Antonito and eventually, Alamosa.
Fall stock rush in full swing. The crew of DRGW 315 pulls her stock train up to the Chama Stock Pens to load cattle for an eastbound run to Alamosa.
Almost home.... With their coal bunker all but empty, and the heavy lifting pretty much done, Firemen Olaf and Dave can pretty much relax for the last three miles and change as DRGW 315 and... (more)
A Southern Pacific work train departs Sycan Shop on the abandoned Oregon, California & Eastern with a trainload of salvaged track material.
The low winter sun has risen enough to illuminate the rails for the passage of westbound Rio Grande train #187. Tunnel Motor #5404 leads the 5 unit set.
Engineer Mel Baughman smiles from the cab of Rio Grande EMD SD40T-2 No. 5349 at East Carbon, Utah, on February 5, 2004. Around Helper, these sullied, weary, black locomotives parked over by the en... (more)
Goodbye, MelRailroading and I lost a friend last week. Mel Baughman was born in Rifle, Colorado, on November 2, 1948, and began working for the Rio Grande in 1967, subsequently becoming... (more)
Rounding Coxo Curve, 489 and train head upgrade towards Cumbres.
A solid set of Rio Grande power hustles the Blue Streak Merchandise Fast Forward westbound across the Pantano Bridge, which is located east of Tuscon.
Race to Helper
An eastbound Rio Grande intermodal train and the Rio Grande Zephyr are side by side as they descend Price River Canyon. When the Zephyr makes its stati... (more)
Descending through the Price River Canyon, the eastbound Rio Grande Zephyr is about to enter one of the tunnels near Kyune, Utah.
I’ve never regretted any train ride that I’ve taken, although I usually am thinking about the photos that I’m missing while on board the train, and I don’t make a priority of riding for that reaso... (more)
Barreling west toward Cumbres Pass. D&RGW Locomotive 315 charges upgrade, passing Los Pinos Tank on the westbound run to Cumbres Pass. Los Pinos Tank is operational and often used by sma... (more)