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.
Rio Grande EMD GP40-2 Nos. 3109 and 3105 switch cars at Union Pacific’s yard at La Salle, Colorado, on July 6, 2005. After UP’s merger of Southern Pacific and Rio Grande, the merged railroad’s lo... (more)
An eastbound Rio Grande intermodal train, possibly train 100, passes through a winter wonderland as it crests the grade at Soldier Summit, Utah.
Running from mounting afternoon storms, a westbound automotive train charges across the Utah desert near Floy.
Short, Fast Freights
Saddled with two rugged mountain crossings, of the Rockies in Colorado and the Wasatch in Utah, the Rio Grande developed an operational philosophy to be compet... (more)
A Rio Grande GP40-2, displaying the larger billboard speed lettering, leads two GP40’s with the older, smaller lettering as they power an eastbound intermodal train down the grade from Soldier Sum... (more)
A condition of the MP-UP merger was the granting to D&RGW of rights over the MP to Kansas City. As seen on this westbound, some of the auto-related traffic that MP had carried for years stayed on... (more)
Rio Grande 3109 leads a 29 car Fourth South Switcher through Grant Tower in Salt Lake City. Aug. 25, 1995
Rio Grande's super hot piggyback train #100 (interchange received from the SP at Ogden to the BN at Denver) has begun the 25 mile descent from Soldier Summit to a crew change at Helper. Note that ... (more)
The D&RGW ran an expanded Rio Grande Zephyr consist on February 25-26, 1978 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Moffat Tunnel. Management determined the trio of F9s were insuff... (more)
On a perfect winter morning in the Wasatch, a Rio Grande manifest climbs east through Spanish Fork Canyon at Rio.
3109 5359 5384 drop downgrade between Tolland and Rollinsville with an eastbound freight in September 1985.
DRGW 3109 sitting in the yard at LaSalle on a sunny Saturday while we wait for the UP 844/3985 special.
Photo by Jerry Sires from my collection.