The eastbound RGZ stops for customers at Rifle in September 1981. The boiler appears to be working well, judging by the steam escaping under the pilot!
The Rio Grande Zephyr would run west only one more day after this one. Train left Denver in rain, pushed through snow through the mountains and then found a warm spring day as she pulled into Gra... (more)
During the last days of operation, the Rio Grande Zephyr was unloading in the Denver Union Station.
On the way with the D&RGW Zephyr
Running for a while with substitute former UP dining car in place of Silver Banquet, the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr makes the short sprint through Azure, between Gore and Little Gore Canyons, in ... (more)
Rio Grande F9A 5771, assisted by B units 5762 and 5763, leads the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr at Glenwood Springs, CO.
A look into the back of the Dome Observation car SILVER SKY. On the way with the D&RGW Zephyr.
A gloomy day finds the eastbound RGZ heading between the rocky cliffs De Beque Canyon, east of Grand Junction, in September 1981.
The conductor of the westbound D&RGW Zephyr was checking the train while the water tanks were filled.
The eastbound Rio Grande Zephyr departs Granby in the late afternoon.
In the cold light of an October dawn, the eastbound Rio Grande Zephyr readies for departure and immanent sunrise at the Rio Grande Depot at Salt Lake City in 1981.
Denver and Rio Grande Western 5771, an EMD F7A, sits proudly in the bright Colorado sunshine near its original stomping grounds in Golden, Colorado at the Colorado Railroad Museum. DRGW 5771 was b... (more)
Taken from the front of the first dome car, the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr meets an eastbound coal at Yarmony, behind 5393, 5344, 5391, 5355 and 5345, on a pristine Colorado day in October 1981.
The westbound "Silver Lady" glides to halt for the Glenwood Springs stop in May 1981.