The classic profile of an EMD GP30 takes a spin on the Roper Wye prior to journeying east on the Provo Local to Geneva Steel.
Looking remarkably well after 30 years of service, a Rio Grande GP30 is parked on the service track at the Roper Diesel Shop on Aug. 13, 1993. By 1996, the 3020 migrated to the Cimarron Valley Rai... (more)
Rio Grande's first SW1200 switcher awaits a call to serve at Roper Yard in South Salt Lake. The 130 was built new by EMD for the Rio Grande in Dec. 1964. While serving on the SP, it was wrecked an... (more)
Rio Grande SD40T-2 No. 5348 is serviced and ready to earn its keep at Roper Yard in South Salt Lake. This EMD 'tunnel motor' was built new for the D&RGW in Oct. 1974. By June of '93, it had been m... (more)
SP's Alton & Southern to Roper mixed freight arrives at its final destination in South Salt Lake on Sept. 28, 1992.
A view of SP's former D&RGW Roper Yard in South Salt Lake. Downtown Salt Lake City is about three miles away from this perspective via a pedestrian bridge.
SP's DVROM arrives at Roper Yard in South Salt Lake.
At the end of a 570 mile, 14 hour overnight journey from Denver, Rio Grande's Railblazer train 103 arrives at Roper Yard in South Salt Lake the morning of July 29, 1989.
All bright and shiny in 'New Image' livery, a Western Pacific GP40-2 awaits a call to serve on the main west of Salt Lake City. The WP 3547 was built by EMD for the Western Pacific in July 1979.
A Western Pacific GP35, wearing 'new image' livery, awaits an assignment on the WP main from Rio Grande's Roper Yard in South Salt Lake. The little EMD was built new for the WP in Nov. 1964.
A classic SP bay window caboose trails Rio Grande's 101 train departing Roper Yard for Ogden on Sept. 23, 1985. Cabooses would soon disappear from D&RGW through trains.
D&RGW Roper Diesel Shop hostlers forward a pack of serviced SP EMDs to an awaiting westbound train on May 28, 1986. No lime green safety vests in the 1980s.
A pair of Southern Pacific SD45Rs are serviced and ready to haul freight at Rio Grande's Roper Yard in South Salt Lake.
All dressed up in the doomed 'SPSF' livery, SP SD45R No. 7562 awaits departure for Ogden at Rio Grande's Roper Yard in South Salt Lake.
A recent graduate from SP's M-99 rebuild program in Sacramento, SP 7550 awaits an assignment at Rio Grande's Roper Diesel Shop on Aug. 8, 1985.