Denver and Rio Grande railroad train starts out for Black Canyon, from Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison Colorado USA Date:1949, May 29 Duration:2 min 47 sec Sound:NO SOUND
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
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