This is the well known Union Pacific LDP45 local, otherwise known as the "dirt train" Todays dirt train was without dirt however; just a run to East Carbon Development to pick up emptys. Lead unit... (more)
DRGW 5371, the last unpatched DRGW unit on the UP roster is eastbound near Colton, Utah. 5371 and the trailing SD40-2 were sent west over Soldier Summit to retrieve the 3 trailing GE units which h... (more)
On Friday, Dec. 5 2008, Union Pacific quietly retired D&RGW SD40T-2 #5371 from the active roster, bringing to a close the era of Rio Grande numbered power on the UP. This image was captured in hap... (more)
It's been a few years since this line became property of the SP, but it's still hard to tell that this is no longer Rio Grande territory. A group of Grande T-2's lead an empty coal train back to ... (more)
Captured a few weeks before semi-retirement from regular service, Rio Grande 5371 leads the Helper to East Carbon "Dirt Train" through a cut west of Wellington, Utah. The famous T-2 has spent the ... (more)
A late westbound Amtrak meets the Dirt Train at Wellington.
The days of solid Rio Grande power based in Helper have disappeared. In 2001 there were about 15 Rio Grande units hanging around Helper when I was out there. Seeing 7 of them shoving in the middle... (more)
The world's last true Rio Grande locomotive slumbers away the night on the "West Hooky" deep within the confines of the former western hub of the Rio Grande. Her nose is lit by the headlights of ... (more)
My five year old daughter takes a picture of the last remaining active Rio Grande unit in the world. She may not remember this day when she grows up, but at least she'll have the pictures!
DRGW 5371 crosses over York Street on UP's Belt Industrial Lead just outside North Yard. This may well be 5371's late trip as an active unit on UP's roster. In this shot, it is headed for Cheyenne... (more)
Leap Year Day 2008 finds Rio Grande 5371 and company charging east through the desolate but scenic Green River Desert near Mounds.
On a cold afternoon with UP locomotives 3139 and 3574.
On a frigid New Year's Eve morning, Rio Grande 5371 awaits it's next call to duty on the Dirt Train.
The only Rio Grande diesel still working in it's original number and paint. This tunnel motor came back to Denver from Nebraska for the first time in many years.
Basking in the glow of the Tungsten Lights, D&RGW 5371 sits on the North End of the Roper Terminal looking beautiful as any.