Happy Thanksgiving-- Rio Grande Style
Travel back to 1982 with me and enjoy a brief remembrance of the Rio Grande-- a holiday snapshot of a great railroad.
These photos were taken at Coal Creek Canyon on the morning of November 25, 1982-- Thanksgiving Day.
|The Rio Grande Zephyr, Train No. 17, starting out on its tri-weekly trip across Colorado and Utah. My new bride gives the crew a wave. My cousin next to her is too cool to wave at trains...|
|The Zephyr is climbing out of the canyon and headed toward Tunnel 1. Kind of a distant shot for a 110 camera, but still dramatic.|
|The train is nearly to the tunnel now. It's a good view of the hogback that necessitated the tunnel's construction. This was the last-ever Thanksgiving run for the Zephyr-- it would be discontinued the following April.|
|As soon as the Zephyr was past the east switch of Plainview siding, this eastbound manifest freight came down the hill. Here it's rolling past our location at a good clip. It had three tunnel motors and a lone GP30 (with the billboard herald).|
Do you remember the good old days of the Rio Grande? Do you miss them? I sure do...
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