An historic day on the Rio Grande. Rio Grande GP40-2 and GP40's 3107, 3059, 3109, 3074, 3052 are approaching the west end the brand new Thistle Tunnel. This will be the first train through the Thi... (more)
History being made. The first train makes it's way through the Thistle Tunnel. The men are able to sit back and admire their hard work for a minute. With the Rio Grande main line out of service. T... (more)
An empty coal train returning to the coal fields of Colorado head through Thistle, UT on a gorgeous, but chilly May day, led by ES44AC UP 7605
The California Zephyr has just exited the Thistle Tunnels
An eastbound Rio Grande manifest clears one of the two tunnels built to bypass the mudslide at Thistle, Utah, which is hidden behind the mountain that now hosts the tunnels. At the extreme left, f... (more)
A westbound Rio Grande freight drifts downgrade after clearing one of the two newest tunnels on the system. The twin tunnels in the distance were cut into that mountain after the disastrous Thist... (more)
Running elephant style, a Rio Grande SD50 and two SD40T-2’s lead an eastbound freight onto the post-1983 alignment of the main line near Thistle, Utah. A huge mudslide and subsequent flooding wipe... (more)
Westbound approaching Thistle.
The California Zephyr, passes through Thistle, Utah.
This is near the site, where a mudslide occurred, in 1983. The landslide, dammed up there river, creating a lake, which wiped out the railroad... (more)
Rio Grande's 101 train emerges from the Thistle Tunnels on May 20, 1989. To the right is a large landslide that made necessary the 1983 line change through Billy's Mountain.
On May 27, 1987, the eastbound California Zephyr rolls near the site of Thistle, Utah. Just ahead, the train will enter a tunnel through the terrain created by a huge mudslide and resultant... (more)
The eastbound California Zephyr works its way up the Spanish Fork Canyon east of Thistle, Utah in on May 27,1987. Just over four years before and a few miles upstream, a massive mudslide cr... (more)
Train 6 exits the East portal of the Thistle tunnels with the last Amtrak ACS-64 and 14 cars in tow.