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DRGW GP40#3066, GP30 #3019 and SD45 [DRGW Equipments PA]

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drgw_05.jpg: Glenwood Springs, CO, Summer, 1971

On route 6 along the Glenwood Canyon, there used to be a parking lot for "Hanging Lake" trail. It was also a view point for Rio Grande actions. I was fascinated by hearing the roars of Rio Grande diesels echo with the Glenwood Canyon. Thus, this is where my enthusiasm for Rio Grande was begun. Unfortunately, replaced I-70 bypasses here through the tunnel.

Here, in this photo, a Rio Grande eastbound train led by DRGW GP40#3066, GP30 #3019 and a SD45 is represented.

DRGW #3066 was built in 1966. She was demoted to B-unit in 1972, removing speed recorders, cab sunshades and other cab features. She was retired in 1997 and rebuilt as UP GP38M-2 #2578 ( renumbered to #1078 in 2001).
DRGW #3019 was built in 1963. She was retired in 1993 and sold to OmniTRAX in 1995.

photo of DRGW #3066 found at DRGW.Net site:
photo of UP #1078 found at RR Picture Archives site;
photo of DRGW #3019 found at RR Picture Archives site;

EMD GP40 was built between 1965 and 1971 with 3000hp prime mover. 1201 units were sold in United States.
EMD GP30 was built between 1961 and 1963 with 2250hp prime mover. 906 units were sold in United States.

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DRGW SD45s [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw_11.jpg: Glenwood Springs, CO, Summer, 1971

On route 6 along the Glenwood Canyon, met this Rio Grande eastbound train led by SD45.

Colorado River shows another expression in this segment of the Glenwood Canyon.

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DRGW GP40s [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw_12.jpg: Dotsero, CO. Summer, 1971

On route 6 between Wolcott and Glenwood Springs, met this westbound Rio Grande train.

In the photo are 3 DRGW GP40s leading "Fast FORD" (I'm not sure but the D&TS high-cube boxcar is next to the locomotive ).


大きな地図で見る

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DRGW GP9 and F7s [DRGW Equipments PA]

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drgw_13.jpg: Toponas, CO, Summer, 1971

On state highway 131 between Rocky Mountain National Park and Glenwood Springs, met this westbound Rio Grande train on Craig Branch.

In the photo are a GP9 and F7A+B+B+A+A set in "Perlman Mallet" style.
The round mirror in the photo belongs to our 1964 Oldsmobile.


大きな地図で見る

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DRGW SD40T-2 #5371 [DRGW Equipments PA]

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The “Last of a Breed” is being displayed at Ogden Union Station since 2009.

D&RGW #5371 was built in 1975 with 3000hp prime mover. She made her last revenue run to East Carbon on Feb. 29, 2008. She was retired on Dec. 5, same year. You can see and read more about this particular locomotive in Mike Danneman’s book “Last of a Breed” .

She recently had lights re-installed on short hood, which were long gone and cover-plated. According to Facebook page, the Gyralight is a temporary until acquiring a MARS light to install. The difference is that while Gyralight makes a circular motion, MARS Light makes a figure-eight motion.

All photos taken on Sep. 10, 2014.
revised, Oct. 16 2014

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Here are some detail photos;

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: mark of hard boots still remains at steps. Notice the two kinds of handrail stanchion.
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: serial number 756046-16 can be read.

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: Three MU hoses aren’t in same size nor evenly spaced.

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: unpatched number, the prove of the “Last of a Breed”. Notice the mirror and wind deflector are installed asymmetrically.
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: burnt hood is one of the characteristics of Rio Grande locomotives.

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: number above the rear headlight, which my N scale IM model doesn’t have.

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: of course, this creature is made from sheet of steel. Bending works are seen at steps and rear buffer beam.
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: even the prototype seems have several kinds of Aspen Golds.

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: traction motor hanging from truck frame, which is a striking feature but my N scale IM model doesn’t have.

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DRGW Caboose #01457 [DRGW Equipments PA]

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This D&RGW steel riveted end cupola caboose is being displayed in front of the Ogden Union Station.

D&RGW #01457 was built in 1947 at railroad’s Burnham Shops in Denver, CO. It was originally painted black with yellow pin stripes. It was repainted to this scheme in 1975. Windows were covered in 1985.

1996 photo of DRGW #01457 found at RR Picture Archives site;

Early morning sunlight makes shadow of trees on her; visiting late in the morning would be better. All photos taken on Sep. 10, 2014.
revised, Oct. 16 2014

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Here are some detail photos:

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: conductor’s end of DRGW 01457

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: stay of cupola sunshade is indeed delicate; same to Trainworx detail parts. Notice the cap at the end of ladder.
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: inside the end platform. Pipes with various diameters are used to build safety equipments.

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: outside the end platform

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: frame, trucks and brake components

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: ACI plate and Consolidated Stencils. Notice the D&RGW relief on the truck.

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: the “ACTION road” logo

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DRGW Caboose #01504 [DRGW Equipments PA]

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This D&RGW steel offset wide-vision cupola caboose is being displayed at the Ogden Union Station.

D&RGW #01504 was built in 1966 by International Car Co. It was originally painted gold and silver with single black stripe.

1974 photo of DRGW #01504 found at Fallen Flags site;

All photos taken on Sep. 10, 2014.
revised, Oct. 16 2014


drgw01504_02.jpg: red (right) and clear (center) electric marker lights installed on eaves.

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: bottom of extended cupola; no details, not even the cutwater.

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: smoke stack, cupola and cupola handrail

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: some under frame components

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: ACI plate, Consolidated Stencils and Barber-Bettendorf truck.

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: it seems this Aspen Gold paint is a product of Dupont.

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: Consolidated Stencils

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: the “ACTION road” logo

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DRGW HT #19174 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw19174_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This D&RGW quad hopper car is found at Helper, Utah. It still keeps the original scheme including stacked Rio Grande logo introduced in 1968.

D&RGW #19174 is one of 19000-19194 series HT built in 1975 by Bethlehem Steel Car Co.
N scale model of this series of cars are produced by Trainworx.

D&RGW 19000-19194 series Hopper cars:
The D&RGW series 19000 to 19194 is shown with AAR Designation HT and description “Hop., Stl., Quadruple Hop.” The inside length of these cars is 47 feet 11 inches, inside width 9 feet 9 inches, inside height 8 feet 1 inches, outside length 54 feet 1 inches, extreme height 14 feet 6 inches and capacity 3483 cubic feet or 200,000 pounds.

2006 photo of DRGW #19174 found at RR Picture Archives site;

drgw19174_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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DRGW LO #AX-18399 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgwax18399_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This D&RGW two-bay covered hopper car is found at Helper, Utah. It still keeps original scheme including the flying Rio Grande logo.

D&RGW #AX-18399 was one of 18350-18449 series LO built in 1949 by Pullman-Standard. This particular car is assigned to carry locomotive sand.

D&RGW 18350-18449 series Covered Hopper cars:
The D&RGW series 18350 to 18449 is shown with AAR Designation LO and description “Covered Hop., Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars is 29 feet 3 inches, inside width 9 feet 5 inches, outside length 34 feet 3 inches, extreme height 12 feet 10 inches and capacity 1892 cubic feet or 154,000 pounds.

drgwax18399_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

According to Derrick Klarr at Facebook group Denver & Rio Grande Western Worldwide, the car is moved to Heber for preservation on July 6, 2015.
revised, Jul. 8, 2015


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DRGW MWE #042 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw042_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This D&RGW snow spreader is found at Helper, Utah. It is a part of Western Mining and Railroad Museum outdoor display.

D&RGW MWE #042 was built in 1913, rebuilt in 1941 by the railroad. It was retired after the UP merger and donated to the museum. It has been displayed at the corner of S 100 W St. and Ivy St.

* 1982 photo of DRGW #042 found at RR Picture Archives site;
* 1986 photo of #042 found at RailPictures site;

drgw042_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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DRGW XM #67XXX [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw67xxx_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This D&RGW 40’ boxcar without trucks is found opposite the Rio Grande main at the south of Helper, Utah on N Spring Glen Rd. It barely keeps flying logo and the number starting with 67.

40’ long, 12-panel riveted side, two-piece improved Dreadnaught end, 6’ width 7-panel Superior door and number starting with 67 suggest this boxcar as one of 67500-67999 series XM.

D&RGW #67500-67999 series XM was built in 1946 by Pressed Steel Car Co.

D&RGW 67500-67999 series Box cars:
The D&RGW series 67500 to 67999 is shown with AAR Designation XM and description “Box, Stl.” only. The inside length of these cars is 40 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 4 inches, outside length 42 feet 11 inches, extreme height 15 feet and capacity 3850 cubic feet or 110,000 pounds.

* 1992 photo of DRGW #67812 found at Fallen Flag site;

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DRGW MWF #AX-3215 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgwax3215_01.jpg: Green River, UT Sep. 10, 2014
drgwax3215_03.jpg: Green River, UT Sep. 9, 2017

This D&RGW MOW flat car is found at Green River, Utah. It still keeps the original scheme including the flying Rio Grande logo.

D&RGW AX-3215 is one of AX-3210 to -3219 series Rail Panel Cars. These cars were converted in 1967 from 22000-22199 series 15 pockets, riveted side, AAR design flat cars built in 1944 by Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing Co. Another one from the series, AX-3219 is preserved by the Boulder Valley Railway Historical Society at Valmont Rd and Indian Rd, Boulder, CO.

D&RGW 22000 - 22199 series Flat cars:
The D&RGW series 22000 to 22199 is shown with AAR Designation FM and description “Flat, Stl., Under fr.” The inside length of these cars is 53 feet 6 inches, inside width 10 feet 6 inches, outside length 53 feet 6 inches, extreme height 5 feet 3 inches and capacity 110,000 pounds.

drgwax3215_02.jpg: Green River, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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DRGW Caboose #01508 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw01508_01.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

This D&RGW steel offset wide-vision cupola caboose is found at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort near Marysvale, Utah. It has been converted to a lodge; original paint and letterings are lost.

D&RGW #01508 was built in 1966 by International Car Co. It was originally painted gold and silver with single black stripe.

* 1967 photo of DRGW #01508 found at Fallen Flag site;

drgw01508_02.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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DRGW XM/L #63767 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw63767_01.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

This D&RGW double door boxcar is found at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort near Marysvale, Utah. It has been repainted; original paint and letterings are gone. But the combination of 3/4 Improved Dreadnaught end, 7+8 Youngstown door and remnants of roof walk suggest this car as one of the 63700-63799 series XM/L. The photo of the particular car before the repainting at Panoramio shows this car as DRGW #63767.

DRGW #63700-63799 series XM/L were built in 1963 by ACF. They were delivered in gold and silver scheme. Some were later repainted to single gold with black end scheme.

drgw63767_02.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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DRGW XM #63XXX [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw63xxx_01.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

This D&RGW double door boxcar is found at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort near Marysvale, Utah. It has been repainted; original paint and letterings are gone. But the distinctive pressed panels beside doors suggest this boxcar as one of the 63300-63499 series XM, painted boxcar red with flying Rio Grande logo. You can barely see how it was before the repainting in the photo at Panoramio.

DRGW #63300-63499 series XM were built in 1966 by ACF. They were built without roof walk.

drgw63xxx_02.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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DRGW XM #63119 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw63119_01.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

This D&RGW combination door boxcar is found at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort near Marysvale, Utah. It has been repainted; original paint and letterings are gone. But the sill style and gussets beside the door opening suggest this boxcar as one of 63100-63199 series XM. The photo of the particular car at Panoramio before the repainting shows this car as DRGW #63119.

DRGW #63119 was one of 63100-63199 series XM, built in 1968 by Evans Products.

drgw63119_02.jpg: Sevier County, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 18 – Jumbo Mill Spur, Sigurd [DRGW Equipments PA]

jumbo-mill-spur_01.jpg: Sigurd, UT Sep. 15, 2014

I’m representing the Rio Grande remnants we found during our vacation in Utah.

There used to be a spur diverting east from Sigurd depot to the wallboard plant of Jumbo Plaster and Cement Company. The plant produced largest single commodity of more than 100,000 tons of wallboard in a year for this branch. The plant is still active and operated by USG today.

1951 Rio Grande General Freight Traffic Department Circular map shows the spur as Jumbo Mill Spur. Today, there is nothing left but the right of way as you can see in the photo below.

jumbo-mill-spur_02.jpg: Sigurd, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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SFS Caboose #01, ex-DRGW #01444 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw01444_01.jpg: Lamy, NM. Sep. 13, 2015

This ex-D&RGW riveted steel end cupola caboose is found at Santa Fe Southern Railway(SFS) yard at Lamy, New Mexico. This caboose used to tuck into a beer distributor’s spur on SFS at Santa Fe along with another Rio Grande caboose and an ATSF boxcar, until 2014.

This car, former DRGW #01444 has been heavily graffiit but still keeps Rio Grande paint and letterings. However, according to Ozark Mountain Railcar web site, it completely lost its original interior furnishings.

D&RGW #01444 was built in 1945 by railroad’s Burnham Shops in Denver, CO. It was originally painted black with yellow pin stripes. It became SFS #01 in the 90’s.

* photo of DRGW #01444 found at Fallen Flag site;

drgw01444_02.jpg: Lamy, NM. Sep. 13, 2015

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SFS Caboose #03, ex-DRGW #01488 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw01488_02.jpg: Lamy, NM. Sep. 13, 2015

This ex-D&RGW welded steel end cupola caboose is found at Santa Fe Southern Railway(SFS) yard at Lamy, new Mexico. This caboose used to tuck into a beer distributor’s spur on SFS at Santa Fe along with another Rio Grande caboose and an ATSF boxcar, until 2014.

This car, former DRGW #01488 has been heavily graffiit. I have no idea for the origin of this “negative” single-stripe scheme. According to Ozark Mountain Railcar web site, this car partly keeps its original interior furnishings.

DRGW #01488 was built in 1959 by railroad’s Burnham Shops in Denver, CO. It was originally painted yellow/silver with single black stripe. It became SFS #03 in the 90’s.

* 1977 photo of DRGW #01488 found at Railroad Picture Archives site;

drgw01488_01.jpg: Lamy, NM. Sep. 13, 2015

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SFS Caboose #02, ex-DRGW #01440 [DRGW Equipments PA]

drgw01440_01.jpg: Santa Fe, NM. Sep. 14, 2015

This ex-D&RGW riveted steel end cupola caboose is found at the corner of Cerrillos Rd and St Francis Dr in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It has been repainted and lost its original paint and letterings.

D&RGW #01440 was built in 1944 by railroad’s Burnham Shops in Denver, CO. It was originally painted black with yellow pin stripes. It became SFS #02 in the 90’s.

* 1974 photo of DRGW #01440 found at Railroad Picture Archives site;

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Arboles Water Tank [DRGW Equipments PA]

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This is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remain along its route in Colorado; the water tank at Arboles.


The water supply facilities here at Arboles is quite simple compared with that at Cisco, Utah. The source is a few feet from the track. Moreover, they have no coalhouse or pumper’s dwelling since 1962, as the facilities were relocated that year due to the construction of Navajo Dam.


The unusual water tank was made from the tender of M-75 class steam locomotive #1600[1]. As the locomotive was scrapped in 1949, the tank seems the product of that time.

According to the barely remaining flying Rio Grande logo on it, the crew chopped the coal bunker and front-end off, then tucked engineer’s side into and formed the new front-end. Inside the wall under the tank contains only piping. The paint color is the later alteration.


Wood frame structure lapped with brick pattern tarpaper seems the shed, not the pump house because of its position: it also lacks marks of smoke stack. The structure was also relocated. According to the old photo, it originally stood next to the tank on the same side of main track[2]. The facilities were retired collectively in 1968.

All photos taken on Sep. 7, 2017

[1] Holmes, Nathan (2007) “Arboles, CO”, DRGW.NET;
[2] photo of the tank before relocation found at Friend of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad webpage;
* photo of M-75 class steam locomotive with flying Rio Grande logo;

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