After negotiating the loops at Crater, westbound empties pass Crater Siding; Rock Creek Canyon is just ahead.
A pair of AC4400CWs serve as the rear helpers on an empty train leaving Phippsburg, CO. The train will proceed north-northwest along the branch for loading in the Steamboat Springs area.
In 1966, there were only two ways into remote Rock Creek Canyon, between Crater and Volcano on Rio Grande’s Craig Branch in northwestern Colorado. One was to hike along the track from the nearest ... (more)
A Rio Grande signal maintainer does routine maintenance and testing of the east switch at Steamboat, Colorado, on the Craig Branch on the morning of September 9, 1992.
A few years ago UP ran an Operation Life Saver special on the former Rio Grande Craig Branch. A friend and I drove up the night before and took a few night photos in the Phippsburg Yard. The next ... (more)
A UP coal train climbs through Volcano en route to Phippsburg where they will change crews and continue to the one of the coal loadouts for another load. The scenery is as spectacular as ever but ... (more)
In between trips to Alaska in the summer of 2008 I made a few trips to photograph UP operations on Rio Grande's former Craig Branch. An empty coal train has just departed Orestod and is climbing t... (more)
Richard Beal photo:
The late great DRGW moving some coal out of Steamboat with a shiny SD50 on the front and some more normally dirty power behind.
With a fine dusting of snow having fallen overnight, Union Pacific 7226 heads out of the P-Burg yard with this Eastbound loaded coal train.
The Phippsburg Local left Phippsburg with a combination of empty open and covered hoppers. After setting off 22 open hoppers at Edna Mine near Oak Creek, the crew continued west (north) to place t... (more)
An empty hopper train on the Craig Branch rolls throught the double S curves (Crater Loops) in route to the coalfields west of Steamboat Springs.
UP's Craig Local rolls by the former site of the Edna Mine on clear but cold December day.
UP's Craig local departs Phippsburg with loads for Craig. It will be a non stop trip to Craig where then the local will spend several hours switching the local industries on a very cold second to ... (more)
A rare treat is to see a manifest on the Craig Branch. On December 30th the MPHNYX is about to cross hwy 131 in Bond, CO on what was a cold but spectacular winter day.
A rail train holds the Craig Branch mainline awaiting traffic to clear in Bond. A bit of patience on my part helped a little as a glimmer of sunshine briefly lights up the engines.