Spectacular scenery has always been the claim to fame of the Western mountain states. The railroads that served these areas capitalized on the scenic aspects (especially the D&RGW). Now, Union Pacific muscles freight over and through these same scenic areas. The trains look different, but the drama is much the same.Of course, not all railroading
in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico is in the mountains; for one thing, customers and railroad facilities alike are usually located in more level places such as cities! The photos shown here depict the UP in action, in a variety of places– mountain grades, flat high-speed lines, in-town switching, and railyards.