Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe this streamline Pullman observation car ran between Chicago and Los Angeles on the railroad's flagship Super Chief. The train departed from Chicago on its first trip on May 12, 1936 and operated until 1971 when Amtrak took over the nation' passenger rail system.
Have yourself a streamlined weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Union Pacific 0-6-0 locomotive 4455 was built in 1920 by the Lima Locomotive Works. In the 1930s and 40s, it served as a switch engine at Denver Union Terminal. The Laramie Valley Railroad purchased 4455 in 1940 and operated it until 1970. It was donated to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1972.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
This narrow gauge high side gondola was built in 1902 by American Car and Foundry. While most American railroads were built to standard gauge, Colorado was served by an extensive network of narrow gauge railways. The Denver and Rio Grande opened in 1871 and was one of the first narrow gauge lines in the United States. Narrow gauge tracks are less expensive to construct, particularly in difficult, mountainous terrain, which probably explains the proliferation of narrow gauge railroads in the Rocky Mountains.
Monday, October 5, 2015
While I was in Colorado last month, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at the Colorado Railroad Museum. It so happened that I arrived during the "Day Out With Thomas the Train" weekend at the museum, and there were hundreds of children with parents and grandparents roaming around the grounds or waiting for a ride on Thomas the Train.
The young train enthusiast in the photo above contemplates the size of an EMD Model F9A diesel locomotive. Built in 1955, this locomotive was retired in 1984 and sold to the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1996 by Southern Pacific for one dollar.