Tuesday, January 29, 2013

POTD - Classic Lines, Classic Grande

Three Grande tunnel motors are rolling into Grand Junction early on a June morning in 1980 with a short
eastbound. The 5347,5357 and 5387 are making easy work of this 35 car mix of coal and manifest traffic.
Photo and caption: Chuck Schwesinger
Classic lines of the track, ballast, locomotive roof line, and telegraph lines make for a classy perspective photo, but the kicker is the awesome Grande Gold coloring on the lead unit, an SD40T-2, with all the beauty (and grime) of Rio Grande's railroading on the western slope of the Centennial State. On a side note, I appreciate that Mr. Schwesinger took extensive notes when taking the photos or shortly thereafter, enabling him to write his own caption (saving me the trouble).◊

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