Rio Grande Steam Finale

Scott Lothes, Jim Shaughnessy, Karl Zimmermann, John Gruber, Don Hofsommer, Richard Steinheimer
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Featuring a stunning gallery of black & white and color images, this new publication covers the Denver & Rio Grande Western's spectacular narrow gauge in the 1950s and 1960s from Alamosa to Chama, Durango, Farmington, and Silverton.
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Description
In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the nation’s greatest railroad photographers journeyed to southwestern Colorado and northern New Mexico to document the final years of the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s spectacular narrow-gauge railway. They were driven by a fever for which there was no cure: the chance to photograph half-century-old trains operating on rails spaced three feet apart, the last remnants of an empire.

Drawing from thousands of images of the Rio Grande narrow gauge in the Center for Railroad Photography & Art's archive, editors Scott Lothes and Elrond Lawrence gathered the finest work on this rich subject by Tom Gildersleeve, John Gruber, Victor Hand, Don Hofsommer, Jim Shaughnessy, Fred Springer, Richard Steinheimer, and Karl Zimmermann. Inside Rio Grande Steam Finale you’ll find a stunning gallery of more than 200 black & white and color images, lavishly presented and many published for the first time, covering the narrow gauge from Alamosa to Chama, Durango, Farmington, and Silverton.

Engaging essays by Hofsommer and Zimmermann, both of whom experienced the narrow gauge first-hand in the 1960s, provide context and personal insights. Extensive captions add context to the stories of the photographs, which trace the pattern of typical train operations of the era. The book concludes with a chapter of color images of today’s Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Author: Scott Lothes, Jim Shaughnessy, Karl Zimmermann, John Gruber, Don Hofsommer, Richard Steinheimer
Size: 10" x 10"
Pages: 228
Table of Contents
Foreword
There is no Cure: Early Exposures to the Narrow Gauge
Alamosa
West to Chama
Chama to Durango
Durango
Farmington Turn
Durango to Chama
Chama
Cumbres Turn
Return to Alamosa
The Silverton
How I Learned to Love (and Lose) the Narrow Gauge
Steam Encore
Afterword
Index
Acknowledgments
About the CRP&A
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