Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003
Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003
Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003
Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003

Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003

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Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003
 
Rio Grande Railroad MBI Railroad Color History by James Griffin Dust Jacket 2003 144 Pages
Travel west through the Rocky mountains on the legendary "Rio Grande" railroad. Also known as the D&RGW, it is a favorite among rail fans and modellers for its breathtaking scenery and its fascinating narrow-gauge legacy. On it's journey from Denver to Salt Lake City the "Rio Grande" ran through the six-mile-long Moffat Tunnel, one of America's miracles of railroad engineering. This book treats the reader to a wealth of information including overviews of steam and diesel locomotives as well as famous passenger trains such as the Vista-domed California Zephyr (Chicago to Oakland, joint with the Burlington and Western Pacific) and the Royal Gorge (Denver to Salt Lake City). All aboard for a fantastic pictorial of arguably the most scenic railroad in America.
CONTENTS
FOREWORD
Journeys to the Grande
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
Homegrown Undertaking, Intermountain En
Chapter 1 BIRTH OF A MOUNTAIN EMPIRE . . .
Chapter 2 FROM RUIN TO RECOVERY
Chapter 3 MAIN LINE THRU THE ROCKIES . . .
Chapter 4 RIO GRANDE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES
Chapter 5 SCENIC LINE OF THE WORLD
Chapter 6 DIESELS ON THE RIO GRANDE
Chapter 7 EPILOGUE
Fading into the Sunset
Most often referred to simply as "the Rio Grande," the Denver & Rio Grande Western has long been revered as the "Mainline Thru the Rockies." Although it, was merged into the Southern Pacific in 1988, the railroad is still renowned for its narrow-gauge heritage, its stubborn postwar adherence to steam power, the spectacular scenery through which it ran, and one of the wonders of American railroad engineering: the 6.2-mile-long Moffat Tunnel.
This illustrated history of the Rio Grande features archival and marvelous period color photography that takes readers from the. railroad's 1870 chartering through two bankruptcies and up to the SP merger that spelled the end of the .Rio Grande's trademark orange-and-black livery Readers are treated to scenic railroad photography from. the American West as trains powered by legendary steam and diesel-driven locomotives haul long lines of freight and charismatic passenger trains like the California Zephyr and Ski Train over mountain passes and through canyons. Along the way, the Rio Grande's entire business history is revealed, as are the roles of major players from General William  Jackson Palmer and Jay Gould to Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz.
In addition, rosters detail Rio Grande steam and diesel purchases, while sidebars explore Rio Grande touchstones like the Ski Train and Tunnel Motors, rounding out a colorful celebration of the railroad that proclaimed the best way to the West was "Through the Rockies ... Not around Them."

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