RailPictures.Net Photo: DRGW 5771 Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9(A) at Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah by James Belmont
 
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (more..)
EMD F9(A) (more..)
West Thistle, D&RGW Subdivision 6 (more..)
Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah, USA (more..)
June, 1974
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DRGW 5771 (more..)
RGZ #18 (more..)
James Belmont (more..)
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On a gorgeous spring morning in 1974, the Rio Grande Zephyr train #18 climbs Spanish Fork Canyon along it's namesake river approaching the small town of Thistle, Utah. The right of way at this point would be buried in mud in 1983 when a natural landslide blocked the D&RGW right of way, US Highway 6 and the Spanish Fork River. The railroad and highway would be relocated along the hillsides at right and a new spillway allowed the river to flow under the landslide. Sadly the ensuing flood of the Spanish Fork River destroyed the junction town of Thistle, with many homes floating away in the new lake which severed a connecting 132 mile branch to Salina, Richfield, and Marysvale.
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