The Rio Grande Collection
In 1974, the Army assigned me to Fort Carson, Colorado. During the two years I was there, I managed to get out and take a few pictures. Another tour a few years later and a few trips back to Colorado produced a motley collection of Rio Grande Pictures. As time passes, and the Rio Grande fades into history, pictures of the "Grande" seem more important.
Near the other end of the DRGW, this WB set of tunnel motors is getting ready to cut in helpers at - Helper, Utah. Not far from Salida, Colorado along the Arkansas River A few years ago, I traveled with a friend over Tennessee Pass. He was impressed by the ghost of the DRGW even as the grass grew up between the rails. The pictures below represent better times on Tennessee Pass. The seven photos above follow DRGW 3096 from Minturn to the beginning of its passage down the east side of the pass. Check out those helpers! Continuing east down the Arkansas River DRGW 5329 was waiting on the other side of the summit tunnel. In 1974, we came back to the US from Thailand. We made a trip around the west and caught some action on Soldier Summit. We slept under the stars in a BLM campground after a person who will remain un-named didn't tie the tent poles on the car very well. The late Rio Gande Zephyr These pictures are from a couple of trips to Soldier Summit, Utah after SP had absorbed the Rio Grande.