Rio Grande; Memories Of The Final Years Colorado Rail Annual No. 28
Part #: CRM-28Colorado Railroad Museum
This volume is very different from the preceding Colorado Rail Annuals in that it contains no historical text, or, as Howard Fogg once commented, no ponderous prose. Instead it is intended to give a pictorial glimpse of the final fifteen years of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Thus, it covers the period roughly from 1973 to 1988 when the railroad succumbed to a merger with the Southern Pacific. However, some of the photographs are quite historical, as many are now more than thirty years old and depict locomotives and equipment no longer in service. The year 1988 marked the end of the Rio Grande and began an era when dirty, grimy Southern Pacific units began to appear in Colorado with greater frequency. That situation must have been demoralizing to D&RGW employees, who always prided themselves on having clean, well-maintained modern motive power. The Purpose of Rio Grande: Memories of the Finals Years is certinly not to offer a conprehensive portrait of the railroad. It is a genuine pleasure to present this selection of photos from the final era of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, a railroad that existed for more than one hundred years and played a vital role not only in transportation but also the development of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.