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Date: 02/13/20 09:17
Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: PRRFan

June 1983.    Roy Arpan Photo

Date: 02/13/20 09:48
Re: Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: ghemr

 Nice photo! I still recall Roy's Sunday night radio show on WOJO called Rail City Special.....

Date: 02/13/20 12:05
Re: Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: WAF

Not June, 83. Train discontinued in April, 83

Date: 02/13/20 12:49
Re: Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: JimBaker

Never on Wednesday!

James R.(Jim) Baker
Whittier, CA

Date: 02/13/20 16:11
Re: Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: flynn


"For twelve years, the Rio Grande Zephyr operated three days a week in each direction. It never operated on Wednesday. In 1983, the D&RGW reversed its earlier opposition and elected to join Amtrak, citing increasing losses in passenger operations. Amtrak re-routed the San Francisco Zephyr over the D&RGW's main line between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah, which had been the original preferred route in 1971. The change was initially scheduled for April 25, but a mudslide at Thistle, Utah closed the D&RGW's main line and delayed the change until July 16. While the Utah portion of the line was closed, The Rio Grande Zephyr continued to operate on a truncated route between Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado until the train was discontinued on April 24, 1983.[1] After the D&RGW tracks were re-opened, Amtrak revived the California Zephyr name.[3][4]The modern California Zephyr uses the route of the Rio Grande Zephyr from Denver to Salt Lake City; service to Ogden was discontinued. Intercity rail service between Salt Lake City and Ogden was still available via the Desert Wind and Pioneer passenger trains, until these were discontinued in 1997. Passenger rail service between Ogden and Salt Lake City was restored in April 2008 with the startup of FrontRunner commuter trains."

Date: 02/14/20 09:37
Re: Rio Grande at Grand Junction
Author: RodneyZona

Great shot of the train above manned by its Denver, CO based train and engine crews worked to and from Grand Junction, CO.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/15/20 02:35 by RodneyZona.

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