Chuck Conway

Rio Grande in the 70s

  • This gallery of Rio Grande views came about a few years ago while I was cataloging some color negatives from the early '70's. They were found in several rolls of processed, uncut film, which had never been printed. In truth, I don't remember (my wife) Jenny and I shooting them, but am delighted that we did. It was a treat to rediscover these previously unknown views, and as some of the negatives were cracking and shifting colors, I decided to scan them and begin their preservation. About the same time, I became acquainted with Nathan Holmes and his DRGW.NET site and he offered to post whatever I sent along.

    As time progressed, I also began scanning in some large format Ektachromes and a variety of 35mm transparencies from Agfa, Fuji, Ansco, Kodak, and others. In early 2007, Nathan revamped his site and allowed me to post many of these views.

    I had previously visited Benny's site and was pleased to see Mel Patrick's excellent Rio Grande Zephyr program featured. As it happens, Mel is an old friend, whom we met years ago when he and Jenny were working in various capacities at Rio Grande's North Yard in Denver. They both later went into management until their positions were eliminated by the Union Pacific-a sad time for all Rio Granders. I was delighted when Benny offered space alongside Mel's program. Our pictures offer a look at the grittier side of the Grande, in contrast to gleaming stainless seen in his program.

    It's my hope that our pictures will inspire others to post their D&RGW views somewhere. There are literally tens of thousands of Rio Grande views out there and since the D&RGW has vanished, it's the primary way we'll have of reliving those now historic days. Enjoy!

    Chuck Conway

  • Denver to Plainview
    Denver to Pueblo
    East of Tennessee Pass
    West of the Moffat Tunnel
    Tabernash to Dotsero
    Minturn to Glenwood Springs
    Plainview to the Moffat Tunnel
    Minturn to Tennessee Pass
    Glenwood Springs to Grand Jct.