Viewers will step back in time over 30 years to the closing days of the 3 foot narrow gauge operations of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. The film was shot by noted railroad photographer Emery Gulash in the area from Alamosa to Chama. Actual freight operations of the period feature double heading and the use of mid-train helpers. There are many scenes in the yards with engines being prepared for runs, as well as trains being assembled with their respective motive power needs. The running shots display the narrow gauge engines working hard in the spectacular mountain scenery for which the D&RG was so well known. This is an incredible film time capsule of working narrow gauge freight operations long past.
Steam in the 50's
By the 1950's most railroads had made the transition from steam to diesel locomotives. Railfans back then took note of this passing and many documented the end of these operations with their cameras. These historic films will allow the viewer to see steam locomotives of all types from 0-6-0 to Shays an Climaxes right up to the massive Challenger and Big Boy. The scenes were recorded across the United States and Canada during the 1950's. These magnificent locomotives as shown as they spent their lives, working in revenue service. Journey back in time to this major benchmark in the history of North American railroading.
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