Rio Grande Alco PA-1 #6011 and F7B #5712 slowly accelerate from Denver Union Station with the southbound Royal Gorge on November 15, 1958. Photo from my slide collection, photographer Lou Schmitz.
When UP and MP merged, a decision was made to pull most through traffic off the former MP line to Pueblo. That reduction was offset by Rio Grande (and later SP) trains running on rights between P... (more)
I Love the Smell of Metal Grinding in the Morning
Viewed from the Dutch door, the rear end brakeman on a Rio Grande rail grinding train watches dome-observation Silver Sky p... (more)
With five assorted GP’s for power, a westbound Rio Grande manifest escapes the cloud cover just before ducking under Interstate 70 at Mack, Colorado.
The sun is setting both literally and figuratively on the Rio Grande Zephyr in this view on the Dotsero Cutoff at Dell, Colorado. When it gets to Denver, the RGZ will cease to exist,... (more)
A westbound Rio Grande manifest drops down the western grade of Tennessee Pass. The s-curve at Mitchell was a popular photo spot, easily accessible via Highway 24.
DRGW 3082 leads an eastbound manifest uphill into Belden siding. A downhill helper set waits on the track along the Eagle Mine. View from Highway 24 high above.
One of the huge losses insofar as scenic lines was the Rio Grande route via Tennessee Pass that carried just enough traffic to keep things interesting. I was working as relief agent at Minturn and... (more)
DRGW 5771 leads the Ski Train westbound at Crescent, CO, on Jan 14, 1984.
DRGW 5336 leads westbound freight #187 at Tunnel 1, between Clay and Plainview, CO, on Feb 4, 1984.
DRGW 5364 leads eastbound train #100 at Plainview, CO, on Jan 7, 1984.
I was just a kid and using my father's Voigtlander camera on occasion. We were fortunate to see Rio Grande No.1, the "Royal Gorge", as it made its scheduled stop in the depths of the Ark... (more)
Leaving Phippsburg for the Energy Mine, Rio Grande Train 701 is about to duck under Colorado Route 131.
Rio Grande Train 701 waits to depart the west end of the yard in Phippsburg, Colorado. The train of empty hoppers arrived earlier from Public Service of Colorado’s Cherokee Generation Station in D... (more)
Rio Grande Train 87 is making track speed as it crosses the Colorado River at McCoy, Colorado. This is the easternmost section of the Dotsero Cutoff.