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DRGW GP40#3066, GP30 #3019 and SD45 [DRGW Photo Archives]

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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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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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 Photo Archives]

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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 Photo Archives]

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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 Photo Archives]

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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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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 01 – Right of Way, Thistle [DRGW Photo Archives]

Decades have passed since the vanishment of Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. But we still can quest for the survivor or remnants of Rio Grande along the route.

Here, I represent some of them we found during our vacation in Utah, as “Rio Grande Remnants”.



thistle_01.jpg: Thistle, UT Sep. 15, 2014

Thistle was silent when we visited. Heavy rain two days before brought all the weeds to green, some with bright flowers.

As you know, in 1983, a massive landslide filled the Spanish Fork River valley and created a reservoir. Everything including Rio Grande Main and Marysvale Branch sank under the water. Thus the detour was constructed in three months and the old route was abandoned.

I believe the straight trace at the bottom of the valley shown above is the remnant of old Rio Grande right of way just east of Thistle, Utah. And, I also believe that this is the exact point where Richard Steinheimer took the well-known photo of a coal drag powered by steam locomotive #1403, titled "28 Degrees Below at Thistle, Utah, 1951" *.

* Steinheimer photo on web;



thistle_02.jpg: Thistle, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 02 – Roadway Sign, Soldier Summit [DRGW Photo Archives]

soldier-pass_01.jpg: Soldier Summit, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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

Yellow flowers of Broom Snakeweed exploded at the crest of Soldier Summit. Here, one of the Rio Grande original signs was found at the end of wye.

According to the D&RGW Standard Plans, this is the “Roadway Sign”. I trimmed away the UP sign standing just next to this to capture the image.

D&RGW Standard Plans of Roadway Sign;

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 03 – Helper Depot [DRGW Photo Archives]

depot_helper_01.jpg: South & West elevation

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the depot at helper.

Helper Depot was built in 1946 with cinder block and brick. It originally had flat roof: gabled roof today is a later addition*. It now houses office and crew room for Union Pacific Utah Service Unit: UP still assigns manned helpers on westbound coal trains. Amtrak California Zephyr makes a daily stop, but no agent is stationed at the depot.

All photos taken on Sep. 10, 2014.

* photo of the depot as built (without gabled roof);

depot_helper_02.jpg: South & East elevation
depot_helper_03.jpg: North & East elevation
depot_helper_04.jpg: North & West elevation
depot_helper_05.jpg: passenger entrance doorway

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 04 – Enginehouse and Sand Tower, Helper [DRGW Photo Archives]

engine-shed_helper_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the enginehouse at helper.

This single stall enginehouse was the home of “Last of a Breed”s. It was brought from Sunnyside, Utah circa 1970. Large flying Rio Grande logo was once painted on the wall where you can see the white paint today. It seems unused maybe because the house lacks length for housing today’s big locomotives, or there isn't a maintenance crew any more.

The history of the vintage sand tower standing next to the enginehouse goes back to the steam era. According to Rio Grande in Color Vol. 2, the tower was manufactured by Ogle Machinery Co.
revised, Jun. 8, 2015

engine-shed_helper_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014
sand-tower_helper.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 05 – Signals, Helper and East [DRGW Photo Archives]

signal-bridge_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014

According to ND Holmes of DRGW NET, Union Pacific is replacing the Rio Grande original signal system in Utah since 2010*. Photo above shows new signal bridge posts installed next to the original bridge, at the northernmost of the Helper yard. I surveyed the work progress east from Helper.

However, it’s difficult to distinguish the Rio Grande original signal at a glance. My decision is based on the installation of side braces of snow shield; the Rio Grande original braces look radially from the front**.

As far as I saw, some original signals are still intact, but the successors are on the way as shown in the photos below; new posts and boxes are already installed.

A surplus Rio Grande original signal box is found along with caboose and boxcars at Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort.

* signal replacement photos by ND Holmes;
** D&RGW Standard Plans of Snow Shield for Color Light Signals;

signal_helper_02.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014
signal_helper_01.jpg: Helper, UT Sep. 10, 2014
signal_thompson.jpg: Thompson, UT Sep. 11, 2014
signal_cisco_02.jpg: Cisco, UT Sep. 11, 2014
signal_cisco_01.jpg: Cisco, UT Sep. 11, 2014
signal_geneva.jpg: Sevior, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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DRGW HT #19174 [DRGW Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 07 – Green River Depot [DRGW Photo Archives]

depot_greenriver_01.jpg: north & west elevation
depot_greenriver_08.jpg: west & south elevation
depot_greenriver_03.jpg: south & east elevation
depot_greenriver_04.jpg: bay window details

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the depot at Green River, Utah.

According to D&RGW Depots Vol.2 by Clive & David Carter, this structure was built in 1944 with brick and originally had flat roof; gabled roof today is a later addition no earlier than Aug. 1967[1]. During the flat roof era, eaves used to go around the structure at the position shown by the wooden border in the photo.

Rio Grande Zephyr made a stop, and Amtrak California Zephyr makes daily stop today. However, Amtrak doesn’t use the structure. It seems UP uses it only as storage.

Photos taken on Sep. 11, 2014 and Sep. 9, 2017.

[1] Gravity Station Network in Utah-1967;
* 1954 photo of the depot with flat roof;

depot_greenriver_06.jpg: No.6 arriving Green River
depot_greenriver_05.jpg: No.6 at Green River
depot_green-river_07.jpg: No.6 departing Green River
greenriver_riogrande_ad.jpg: Jul. 21, 1955 Green River Journal

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DRGW MWF #AX-3215 [DRGW Photo Archives]

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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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 08 – Highway Crossing Sign, Green River [DRGW Photo Archives]

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

I believe this crossbuck found at Green River is a Rio Grande original.

Black letters on white plate “Highway Crossing Sign” with black letters on white plate “Number of Tracks Sign” on 4”x4” wood post is approved in D&RGW Standard Plans[1].

However, 1981 photo of white letters on black plate “Highway Crossing Sign” at Mayville, CO is found in the book Rio Grande in Color Vol. 5[2]. Also is that, photos of white letters on black plate “Number of Tracks Sign”s are found in other books. Accordingly, exceptions were existed, as usual. So, this white letters on black plate “Number of Tracks Sign” at Green River may also accepted.

The crossbuck found at East Carbon shown below seems its “Highway Crossing Sign” replaced, maybe according to UP practice. Letters are a little more bold than the original, and the reflecting material of the plate seems advanced. Above all, Rio Grande original sign should have both plates on the same face of wood post. The crossbuck found at Thompson Springs seems also renovated in the same manner.

[1] D&RGW Standard Plans of Highway Crossing Sign;
[2] Rio Grande in Color Vol. 5 by T. Morris;

crossbuck_eastcarbon.jpg: East Carbon, UT Sep. 10, 2014
crossbuck_thompson_02.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 09 – Grade Crossing Signal, Thompson [DRGW Photo Archives]

crossbuck_thompson.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

I believe this grade crossing signal found at Thompson Springs is the Rio Grande original.

A photo of the same signal taken in the 80’s is found in the book Rio Grande RULER OF THE ROCKIES by R. Farewell. It also leans a little to the right in the book. The only transition is the color of “Number of Tracks Sign”; it used to be white letters on black plate those days.

I have no idea whether these signals shown below, found along US Hwy 6 & 89, are Rio Grande original or not.

crossbuck_brendel.jpg: Brendel, UT Sep. 11, 2014
crossbuck_cisco_01.jpg: Cisco, UT Sep. 11, 2014
crossbuck_thistle.jpg: Thistle, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 10 – US Hwy 6 Overpass, Green River [DRGW Photo Archives]

viaduct_greenriver_01.jpg: Green River, UT Sep. 11, 2014

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the viaduct.

This Art Deco style overpass, built in the late 30’s, is found on old US Hwy 6 east of Green River, Utah[1]. A photo in the book Rio Grande Secret Places Vol.2 shows the viaduct with flying Rio Grande logo plate installed[2]. However, the plate is gone today, and what appeared is the old sans-serif letterings “RANDE” long been hidden behind the logo plate.

All photos taken on Sep. 11, 2014.

[1] as new photo of the similar structure built in 1938, located on old US Hwy 6 west of Green River;
[2] R. C. Farewell, Rio Grande Secret Places Vol.2, Colorado Railroad Historical Foundation, 1999;

viaduct_greenriver_03.jpg: looking from the south
viaduct_greenriver_02.jpg: old letterings
viaduct_greenriver_04.jpg: old US Hwy 6 east of Green River

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 11 – Thompson Wash Bridge, Thompson [DRGW Photo Archives]

bridge_thompson_01.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the bridge at Thompson Springs, Utah.

This single span steel plate girder bridge spanning Thompson Wash is found just west of the depot. The deck plate girder holding the main track was built in 1901 by American Bridge Co. of Chicago Il. Flying Rio Grande logo is barely seen under the covering paint.
The additional Support at the center of the span is of another bridge holding the siding; it spans the wash in two deck plate girders.

* Bridgehunter web page with look up view of the bridge;

bridge_thompson_02.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 12 – Thompson Depot [DRGW Photo Archives]

depot_thompson_01.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

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

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the depot at Thompson Springs, Utah.

According to D&RGW Depots Vol.2 by Clive & David Carter, Thompson Depot was built in 1945, replacing the old depot built in 1883[1]. The cinder block walls are finished with asbestos-cement shingle siding, roof with tar-gravel: same to the depot built in 1947 at Olathe, CO. The book Moab and Grand County has an as new photo of the depot[2].

California Zephyr used to make a stop at the depot, but it went to flag-stop status in 1960[3, 4]. Commercial phone number for the agent was Thompson 4121; company phone number for the agent was GJ 65 or GJ 77-104[5].

Rio Grande Zephyr and its successor Amtrak California Zephyr also used to make a stop until when it moved to Green River: the last passenger train departed Thompson on May 12, 1997[6]. Today, UP uses the depot as storage.

There used to be a water tank painted silver with the flying logo opposite the track on the east side. The back cover of the journal Canyon Legacy Vol. 50 has a photo of the depot, tank and the freight depot[7]. The tank was removed and relocated to nearby reservoir in 1958[8, 9].

Freight depot was next to the tank on the east side. It was built in 1889 and retired in 1972[10]. Next to the freight depot to the east along the siding was the Kennecott Copper's acid plant[11].

All photos taken on Sep. 11, 2014
revised, Jun. 7, 2017

[1] 1940 photo of the depot built in 1883;
[2] Travis Schenck, Moab and Grand County, Arcadia Publishing, 2013
[3] Nov. 28, 1957 Times Independent
[4] Apr. 27, 1960 Times independent
[5] Rio Grande System Telephone Directory, May 1967
[6] Amtrak Stations Database, USA Rail Guide;
[7] Canyon Legacy Vol. 50, Dan O'Laurie Canyon Country Museum, spring 2004
[8] Oct. 16, 1958 Times Independent;
[9] Dec. 10, 1964 Times Independent;
[10] 1972 photo of the freight depot;
[11] Jul. 30, 1970 Times Independent;

Postscript; according to the Times Independent web page, the structure was demolished in January 2016.
revised, Feb. 22, 2016
revised, Apr. 17, 2017


depot_thompson_02.jpg: north elevation
depot_thompson_03.jpg: south & east elevation
depot_thompson_04.jpg: west & south elevation
depot_thompson_05.jpg: waiting room interior seen through the door

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 13 – Company House, Thompson [DRGW Photo Archives]

company-house_01.jpg: looking from southwest

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the company house at Thompson.

This structure stands opposite the depot, on the north side of the track. It is an one-story cinder block structure of 26’ x 49’6” (if I count the joints), with hip shingles roof. Four doorways facing three directions suggest the structure's multipurpose. It has no sign or lettering, but the same green paint with the depot barely remains at the eaves shows its origin.

John Barriger photo of the depot taken in the early 40’s shows nothing in front of it[1]. 1952 USGS aerial photo clearly shows this structure. Accordingly, the structure was built around same time with the depot. However, it seems not used by UP today; it is no wonder UP is going to demolish it. Accordingly, I drew plans of the structure referring to the results of my survey to keep some records.

All photos taken on Sep. 11, 2014.

[1] John Barriger photo of Thompson depot;

Postscript; the structure was demolished in January 2016.
revised, Sep. 13, 2016

company-house_02.jpg: north elevation
company-house_03.jpg: green paint on eaves

company-house_elv.jpg: south and west elevation

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 14 – Section Tool House, Thompson [DRGW Photo Archives]

shed_thompson_01.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

This is one of the Rio Grande original structures remaining along its route in Utah; the section tool house at Thompson.

This section tool house has doorway doubled to Rio Grande standard plan[1]. It seems still used by UP, surrounded by net fence and junks.

[1] D&RGW Standard Plans of Section Tool House;

shed_thompson_02.jpg: Thompson Springs, UT Sep. 11, 2014

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Rio Grande Remnants in Utah 15 – Rio Grande Ave, Marysvale [DRGW Photo Archives]

depot_marysvale_01.jpg: Marysvale, UT Sep. 15, 2014

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

I believe this is one of the Rio Grande remnants; Rio Grande Ave at Marysvale. Depot St or Railroad St is the common for the railroad related street name in a town. I think the street crowning the name of railroad is unique. Google Maps tells us that Salt Lake City and Midvale also have Rio Grande St in Utah.

Here, at Marysvale, the street connecting the depot and the center of the town is named Rio Grande Ave. The town was the terminus of Marysvale Branch.

Marysvale Branch was a 132.8 miles standard gauge branch diverting south at Thistle, Utah. It reached Marysvale in 1900. The 1983 massive landslide at Thistle forced the railroad to abandon the branch. It was formally abandoned in 1986. However, the last of regular train service to Marysvale was much earlier; Marysvale saw the last train in 1972[1].

Nothing but the street name still lives on at Marysvale today. Little hut in front of the Moore’s Old Pine Inn is said to be the depot; might have been cut from the original structure which measured 192’ long. The former depot site is covered with bush, and the right of way stretching 0.6 mile from the depot to the very end of the track is fading into nature, as you can see in the photo below[2].

All photos taken on Sep. 15, 2014.

[1] DRGW NET web page;
[2] 1985 photo of the very end of the track;

depot_marysvale_04.jpg: part of former depot
depot_marysvale_02.jpg: former depot site
depot_marysvale_03.jpg:the right of way toward the very end of track

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DRGW Caboose #01508 [DRGW Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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 Photo Archives]

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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