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)
A trio of Rio Grande tunnel motors are putting on a show, with the Utah book-cliffs for a backdrop.
A trio of Rio Grande tunnel motors are on the Sunnyside branch with the dirt train. It's 7 years after the merge but the Rio Grande is being kept alive in Helper, Utah.
The “dirt train” out of Helper approaches the west switch at Mounds, Utah, on November 22, 2003. A light dusting of snow has frosted the remarkable textures of the high desert as Rio Grande Tunnel... (more)
On a bright, late autumn day, Union Pacific’s LJP45 “dirt train,” hauling contaminated dirt and municipal waste, passes mile 607.4 east of Wash, Utah, on November 21, 2003. Three Rio Grande EMD SD... (more)
With the Green River Subdivision main line in the foreground, Union Pacific’s LJP45 “dirt train” curves through Mounds, Utah, on the Sunnyside Branch on November 21, 2003. Three Rio Grande EMD SD4... (more)
A Rio Grande freight howls through the curves as dynamic brakes hold back the train on the three percent grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell, Colorado, on July 20, 1990. SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor No. 5... (more)
Rounding the broad curve leaving Maxwell, Utah, is Union Pacific’s LJP45 “dirt train” on a pretty May 4, 2004. On this day, three Rio Grande “Tunnel Motor” SD40T-2s bracket a yellow SD60M as power... (more)
It really does snow in the desert, as this scene on Union Pacific’s Green River Subdivision in Utah illustrates. A short UP LJP45 local, also known as the “dirt train,” is about to pass over the s... (more)
Union Pacific’s LJP45 “dirt train” approaches Mounds, Utah, on the Sunnyside Branch on a sunny May 5, 2004. By this date, only five “unpatched” Rio Grande SD40T-2 Tunnel Motors survive on the UP r... (more)
Where silence now reigns At a place today where all you hear is wind off lofty peaks and coyote yelps, was once a place where trains fought grades up a 10,221-foot mountain pass. On Jul... (more)
Minutes after sunrise, SP's Roper to Grand Junction freight emerges from the Jordan Narrows on July 6, 1991.
Rio Grande's lumber drag 126 roars east through Spanish Fork Canyon at the Diamond Fork crossing on May 21, 1989.
On Christmas Eve '87, a tardy Rio Grande train No. 100 ascends a snowy and windy Mapleton Bench just east of Springville.
A Rio Grande tunnel motor leads an eastbound through Newcastle on No. 2 Track.