Denver & Rio Grande Western



Quick Index


Tunnel Motors
Other 6-Axle Models
Cabooses and Maint-Of-Way Equipment
Rolling Stock
Scenery, Sites, Plant
D&RGW System Maps
Topical Articles
GP40 and GP40-2 Detailed Modifications Over Time

Detailed photos of Rio Grande equipment

CSDU Unit Train

Swing Helpers

The Rio Grande Now

Locomotives on the Denver Deadline

Caboose Walk-around Photos

Other Links
My Ski Train page
My Rio Grande Zephyr Tribute
1981 Locomotive Roster-- Including vital statistics (with subsequent additions)
1985 Locomotive Roster
From the office of the Chief Mechanical Officer
[Back to the Front Door]
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad operated in the states of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico between 1871 and 1988.  Begun as a three-foot gauge line with the intention of linking the cities of Denver and El Paso, it found itself forced by circumstances to change orientation in a westerly direction.  The railroad became synonymous with mountain railroading, first with cliffhanging narrow-gauge lines and later with dramatic mainline assaults on the Rockies.

The Grande had a chequered corporate history, but finally achieved respectability and profitability during World War 2.  It became an important bridge route in the transcontinental system, as well as a feeder system for coal.

Facing a changed competitive landscape in the 1980s, Rio Grande's owners acquired the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1988 and merged the lines-- a process that required several years to implement.  And right when the system had begun to gel and to turn a profit, the new Southern Pacific Lines was sold to Union Pacific (1996).  Now, all Rio Grande lines are part of UP (except for parts that have been spun off to shortline operators).  The D&RGW is gone, but certainly not forgotten.

The photos on these pages are dedicated to the men and women that made this railroad one of the premier transportation enterprises of the past century.

Click on the links to the left to access the various Rio Grande pages.  Go back to the Front Door to visit my extensive array of related topics. 



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