Four Rio Grande tunnel motors, bring an empty coal train up the canyon, on New Years eve 1987. Tom Ellis photo.
Rio Grande locomotives gather at the engine facility at North Yard in Denver, Colorado, in June 1981.
The low winter sun has risen enough to illuminate the rails for the passage of westbound Rio Grande train #187. Tunnel Motor #5404 leads the 5 unit set.
The dirt train conductor and brakeman pause to observe the curious behavior of a railfan in his natural habitat. Columbia Junction • Dec. 27, 1999
When an SP AC4400CW fails on a heavy coal train, what do you do? You recruit a Rio Grande tunnel motor from the Helper locomotive pool. SP's Valley Camp, Utah to Moapa, Nevada coal load awaits dep... (more)
Southern Pacific and Rio Grande stablemates idle away the afternoon at Helper Yard on Oct. 10, 1995.
What a light package! Rio Grande Tunnel Motor No. 5404 leads Union Pacific’s expedited Denver to Salt Lake City ZDVRO up the hill at Thompson, Utah, on the afternoon of February 8, 2000... (more)
Rio Grande's version of the local coal heads north out of Grand Junction on the North Fork Branch and will make several pick ups and set outs along the way before returning to Grand Junction with ... (more)
Something to be rarely seen again, four Rio Grande tunnelmotors drop downgrade from Tunnel #1 on the Moffat sub on their way to Denver. This sight became more and more rare as the UP took more con... (more)
Two DRGW trains get ready to tackle another heavy grade as one of the many mountains in the area looms in the background.
The hum of dynamic brakes interrupts the morning quiet after a snowstorm the previous night on Tennessee Pass. DRGW 5404 leads a westbound doublestack downhill at 9 a.m. at the overpass just east ... (more)
Another quintet of Tunnel Motors, 5404, 5376, 5344, 5377 and 5387, unusually find themselves on westbound #287 freight in Glenwood Canyon in March 1982.