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)
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)
The Rio Grande Zephyr is serviced at Grand Junction in February 1983. The train was discontinued two months later.
The Rio Grande Zephyr had an appeal that just can’t be matched by today’s intercity trains. One element that may never return is the ability to stand in the vestibule and watch the train fr... (more)
Rarely did the Rio Grande Zephyr cross the Wasatch and the Rocky Mountains with only two F9s for power, but it did happen at times when the consist was light. Train No. 18 from Salt Lake City is l... (more)
On a frosty December morning in 1974, the Rio Grande Zephyr makes its first station stop out of Salt Lake City, during its 575 mile journey east to Denver.
On the morning of the Bicentennial of the United States of America, the Rio Grande Zephyr heads east into Spanish Fork Canyon during its journey from Salt Lake City to Denver.
By the early 1980s, the Rio Grande Zephyr was losing money. To reduce costs, the D&RGW was looking for ways to economize. By the summer of 1982, they tested alternative power arrangements to reduc... (more)
Due to a massive landslide that closed the D&RGW mainline at Thistle, the Rio Grande Zephyr's final run from Salt Lake City to Denver detoured via Union Pacific's Overland Route through Wyoming. W... (more)
A Trailways Silver Eagle coach, running as a substitute for the last run of the Rio Grande Zephyr, makes a station stop at Provo, Utah on the morning of April 24, 1983. Due to the Thistle landslid... (more)
A perfect spring day in Spanish Fork Canyon finds the Rio Grande Zephyr traveling east on its 14 hour journey from Salt Lake City to Denver on March 11, 1979.
A 'celluloid selfie' taken with my dad in Spanish Fork Canyon in Oct. 1975.
Frosty ties, stainless steel, and F9s
With the 'Wilson McCarthy' business car on the rear, the Rio Grande Zephyr departs Provo station for Helper, Price, Green River, and points east. July 13, 1976
The silver streamlined beauty of the Rio Grande Zephyr slows to a stop at the Provo passenger station the morning of Aug. 8, 1976. Oh to board a luxury cruise train such as this once again. Where ... (more)