During final year of passenger operations, a narrow gauge railroad train of the Denver and Rio Grande begins its journey through Black Canyon, at Gunnison, Colorado. Sign on top of a building reads 'Gunnison'. Smoke comes out of a chimney. Engine of the train emits smoke.Engineer oils numerous places on locomotive drive mechanisms.The train conductor,standing, in front of a Rio Grande box car, waves at a crossing guard, standing at a level crossing with a flag. His dog stands beside him. He waves his flag to stop any vehicular traffic on the road. The conductor waves at the engineer and climbs aboard a passenger car.The engineer turns in his cab and sounds the steam whistle. The fireman shovels coal into the locomotive engine firebox, from which flames emerge as door is opened. The locomotive slowly begins to move. Train is seen speeding across a railroad bridge over the Gunnison River. Two men who are fishing in the river, watch as the train crosses the bridge. View of train track, from train.
This is a Rocky Mountain Railroad Club sponsored trip on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad dated May 29, 1949 to be the last passenger train through the Black Canyon from Gunnison to Cimarron Colorado and return. The engineer seen oiling the 361's running gear and operating the consolidation is my late grandfather Mr. C L Braswell while I be leave the fireman to be Tom Doyle and the conductor Shorty Dean.
My name is Richard Lehman and as a thirteen year old my mother, grandmother and I went down to the Gunnison depot to see my granddad take the last passenger train down through the Black Canyon in many years. Both my mother and grandmother can be seen in a view shot from on top of an; adjacent coal car. At the time I was unaware of what the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club was nor what the special train was for. My granddad told me to get on in the baggage car and so I was privileged to be able to take the last train through the Black Canyon before abandonment and to get acquainted with the Rocky Club
In last year of passenger operations, a Denver and Rio Grande narrow guage railroad train journeys through Gunnison National Park, Colorado. A waterfall in Black Canyon of the Park. The train passes through Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park. River rushes over rocks towards the train's track. The engine of the train belches steam and dense black smoke as it rounds a curve in Black Canyon. .Conductor waves to camera from a car labeled: " Denver and Rio Grande Western." Crewmen lean out of train openings as it crosses bridge over river.
In final year of passenger operations, a Denver and Rio Grande narrow guage railroad train is seen traveling through Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, Colorado. Interiors of the train filled with passengers in a holiday mood. Interior of passenger cars is old fashioned. View of ceiling lamps in the car. The train travels along the river and through mountainous terrain. Water springs from a hole in a mountain, creating a waterfall, seen from roof of the train. A river spills over a mountain in a large waterfall. The train crosses a bridge over the river and enters Black Canyon, where it follows the river bed between towering peaks on both sides. The engine of the train belches heavy black smoke as it struggles up a grade crossing a bridge. it continues to follow close to the river. Several fishermen turn to wave at the passengers. Gradually the mountains open wider as the train proceeds on its way.
The Denver Rio Grande Western narrow gauge railroad in Colorado. An engine of a train emits smoke as it takes on water, during a stop at Cimmaron, Co. .A fireman on engine of the train adding water. Locomotive moves along track and blows steam whistle. Fishermen walk by the parked locomotive.One carries a very long bamboo fishing pole. A large round plaque (Drumhead) on back of the train reads:"Denver and Rio Grand Western Special, The Last Run, Rocky Mountain Railroad Club." Men loosen railroad ties and remove a section of rail, as the tail end of the train sits nearby. Train stops near major waterfall (Chipeata falls) in Black Canyon, and then proceeds onward, belching smoke and speeding up. A view from train roof, as it passes close to rock outcropping. With train detached, a locomotive backs along a section of rail with small white flag on front of steam engine..
U.S. astronaut Scott Carpenter arrives at the campus of the University of Colorado. Scott Carpenter and his wife Rene Louise Price in a motorcade wave at the civilians as they arrive at the campus of the university. He arrives in Colorado to receive the degree in aeronautical engineering which he failed to take in 1949. A professor presents the brand new degree and a silver plate to commemorate the occasion.
A radium mine in Slick Rock, Colorado. The mine country and hilly terrain. A sign 'Radium Mine'. Interior of the mine. Mine workers wheeling wheel carts filled with vanadium and uranium ore.