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My first train chasing adventure following the Denver & Rio Grande Western was in December 1975. I had less than a year to go in the Navy and was returning to my base in Virginia after visiting family in California. The weather was perfect. The daytime temperature was around 55 degrees and all of the snow had been cleared off the roads. My second trip in November 1976 was mixed. There was no snow and it was cloudy and cold the first day. The second day was sunny and mild, but there were very few trains running. The third day started clear, but soon turned to snow showers. All subsequent trips were made during the summer.
For this series we will follow D&RGW trackage in Utah from Geneva (south of Salt Lake City), over Soldier Summit to near the Colorado border, then chase a couple trains on the Sunnyside Branch.
With financial backing from Jay Gould, William Palmer formed the Denver & Rio Grande Western in Utah in 1881 by combining the Salt Lake and Park City Railway with the Sevier Valley Railway. These lines were extend north to Salt Lake City in early 1882 and extended east to Helper in late 1882. The line connected with the westward building D&RG at Desert (near Green River) in 1883. The line was converted to standard gauge in 1890. The RGW and D&RG were merged into the D&RGW in 1908.
All pictures in this series are on disks 30 through 35. You can purchase a disk and printout any of the pictures for your own use to dress up your train room or add color to a house that just cries out for more train pictures.