Westbound Denver - Salt Lake City manifest rolls west towards Grand Junction in the late afternoon.
Rio Grande's train depot at Rifle, 61 miles east of Grand Junction and 27 miles west of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Westbound UP coal empty near Rifle
Unusually with three SD45s on the point, 5333, 5317, 5319 with 3051 negotiate the S curve into Rifle in September 1981. 5333 has reverse colour Rio Grande signage on the nose.
On board of the westbound D&RGW Zephyr
Another on board of the D&RGW Zephyr. One more beautiful landscape on this journey.
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!
The action road doing what it did best dashing eastbound on the high iron near Rifle, CO
What at first sight looks like a very long combined piggyback and coal train is, in fact, an eastbound hotshot, led by 3114 3126 5347 and 3067, running through #788 eastbound coal at Dos siding, w... (more)
It WAS stopped! The photographer takes advantage while the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr undertakes depot duties at Rifle in September 1981. Only noticed the grounded car body to the left of the sce... (more)
A chance to get a "sitting duck" shot of the F9 Zephyr power presented itself at Rifle when the westbound went about its depot duties in September 1981 - the sun even came out!
The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr undertakes depot duties at its schedule stop at Rifle while an eastbound freight, behind 3126 3048 3004 and 5380, uses the opportunity for a meet in September 1981.