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Owner: Denver & Rio Grande Western
Model:BLW VO-660Built As:DRGW 72 (VO-660)
Serial Number:64186Order No:
Frame Number:Built:8/1941
Notes:blt 8/41, traded 1/23/67
Other locos with this serial:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
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D&RGW PA1 6001
Title:  D&RGW PA1 6001
Description:  D&RGW VO-660 72 and PA1 6001 at Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. The switcher will pick up the cars setout after the first dome in this photo. This is Train #1 on both the CB&Q and D&RGW. The Rio Grande's Number 1, The Royal Gorge, will continue west and the switcher will put the setout cars onto the back of their freight cars and drag them over to the other side of town, a true mixed train. This is how the CB&Q managed the Colorado Springs Connection. It wasn't a bad deal; you got to ride all the way from Chicago to Colorado Springs without leaving your bedroom compartment on the train. You were assured of meal service because the CB&Q sent their Chuck Wagon dome diner along on the connection from Denver to Colorado Springs. They generally switched 3-4 cars to the Rio Grande's #1 to get them moved to Colorado Springs. I had the pleasure of that trip when I was 16. Sadly, I did not get to enjoy a ride on the mixed train, but my parents indulged me enough to get a couple of photos, here's one.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 9/29/2010 2:10:10 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660) DRGW 6001(PA1)
Views:  1816   Comments: 0
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 11/7/2010 11:33:30 AM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  883   Comments: 0
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 72 was built in August 1941 (c/n 64186) and traded to EMD as credit on an order of SD45's on January 23, 1967. This Baldwin has just brought CB&Q's Denver Zephyr Colorado Springs Connection cars over from the D&RGW side of town to the Santa Fe side for the return trip to Denver. When the northboud Royal Gorge arrives, 72 will tack these cars onto the back of that train.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 8/31/2010 1:40:18 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  791   Comments: 1
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 72 has completed the transfer of these passenger cars from the D&RGW station to the AT&SF station. The windows are being washed for the return trip to Denver behind the D&RGW's Royal Gorge. These cars represent the Colorado Springs connection of the CB&Q's Denver Zephyr. Typically this consisted of a Slumbercoach, a Reclining Seat Chair car, and either the Chuck Wagon (Buffet service) Vista-Dome and/or a Vista-Dome Reclining Seat Chair car, depending on the passenger demand.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 8/31/2010 2:32:02 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  748   Comments: 0
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 72 was built in August 1941 (c/n 64186) and retired on January 23, 1967.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 6/12/2015 11:45:33 AM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  491   Comments: 0
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This was the assigned switcher at Colorado Springs on this photo date.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 9/15/2010 3:39:09 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  782   Comments: 0
D&RGW VO-660 72
Title:  D&RGW VO-660 72
Description:  D&RGW Baldwin VO-660 72 at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Perhaps this is a mixed train, but there are no revenue passengers carried, so more correctly, this is a switching move. The D&RGW Train #1, The Royal Gorge, had arrived and dropped off the passenger cars, seen at the end of this train (the closest car is a leased/borrowed Great Northern sleeper, business was good this day). This was the Chicago Burlington & Quincy's Denver Zephyr connection between Denver and Colorado Springs. Number 72 has completed the morning switching chores at the local industries, and has coupled up to the Denver Zephyr cars, and will move them to the other side of town. For those not familiar with Colorado Springs, the southbound tracks were on the west side of town, served by the D&RGW and Rock Island depot, and about a half mile to the east was the Santa Fe depot used for the northbound rail traffic, so this switching job included turning and transferring the Denver Zephyr cars from the southbound to the northbound side of town. Number 72 will tack the passenger cars onto the rear of D&RGW Train #2, The Royal Gorge, for the return trip to Denver, where they will be cut into the waiting CB&Q Train #10, the eastbound Denver Zephyr.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 9/2/2010 6:33:33 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  605   Comments: 0
CRI&P 101 'Lake Michigan'
Title:  CRI&P 101 'Lake Michigan'
Description:  Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Business Car #101, 'Lake Michigan' at Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 20, 1964, Ektachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Business car 101 was built by Pullman as coach 352 during 1950. Around 1953 it appears to have been converted to business car 101, 'Lake Michigan' by the Rock Island. It is seen here on the Colorado Springs section of the Rocky Mountain Rocket. On the left is D&RGW VO-660 72 (built 8/41, c/n 64186) with a 'mixed train'. I arrived (with my parents) on the Colorado Springs connection of CB&Q's Denver Zephyr (DZ), forwarded from Denver to Colorado Springs on the rear of Rio Grande's Train #1, The Royal Gorge. Upon arrival at Colorado Springs, the DZ cars were cut off the Royal Gorge, and the local D&RGW switcher picked them up. The 72 will take the DZ cars and the freight cars it collected during its morning switching and drag them over to the other side of town, where the DZ cars will be serviced, cleaned, and be held for Train #2, The Royal Gorge, for return to Denver, where they will be added to the DZ for return to Chicago.
Photo Date:  8/20/1964  Upload Date: 10/20/2009 1:33:59 PM
Location:  Colorado Springs, CO
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Station,Passenger
Locomotives:  DRGW 72(VO-660)
Views:  2034   Comments: 1


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