The Rio Grande Zephyr's trio of EMD F9s give it all they've got, climbing the 2.45% grade through Price Canyon at Nolan.
A year before DRGW declined to join Amtrak, its Rio Grande Zephyr was running with just six cars as it was on this day about to leave Byers Canyon heading west. By this time of year, too, the spr... (more)
Rio Grande opted not to join Amtrak (but reluctantly did about 13 years later) and ran its own Rio Grande Zephyr between Denver and Salt Lake City, over one day, back the next, except on Wednesda... (more)
The westbound RGZ departs Grand Junction with the usual power of 5771,5762,and 5763 along with 8 cars. A great looking train!
A location that I only found on my third drive along this dirt road, and it is not obvious without getting out and walking to the edge of the precipice! The shadows have receded far enough as the... (more)
The eastbound RGZ stops for customers at Rifle in September 1981. The boiler appears to be working well, judging by the steam escaping under the pilot!
Rio Grande F9A 5771, assisted by B units 5762 and 5763, leads the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr at Glenwood Springs, CO.
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr snakes slowly through Byers Canyon in April 1982.
D&RGW train 17 the Rio Grande Zephyr awaits departure for Salt Lake City on a cool morning at Denver Union Station. Less than six months later, the train was discontinued and Amtrak took over.
Playing Rear Admiral in the Silver Sky of the westbound RGZ as it rolls along following the Colorado River between Bond and Dell, on the Dotsero cut-off, in October 1981
With a GP40-2 more than adequately replacing a non-available F9B unit, the Zephyr makes easy work negotiating the twists and turns of Byers Canyon in August 1981.
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr runs between Rollinsville and Tolland on its way up to the Moffat Tunnel in October 1981.
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr slows on the approach for the Glenwood Springs depot stop in March 1982 while the alternative form of transport runs on the other side of the Colorado River via the... (more)
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr rounds the last curve on the Dotsero cut-off just north of the junction with the Tennessee Pass line.
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr carefully picks its way through rugged Byers Canyon in early April 1982.