CO Rail Annual Pack 05 - Annual Nos. 28 & 29
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This Colorado Rail Annual Pack includes two great titles:

Colorado Rail Annual No. 28: Rio Grande: Memories of the Final Years
This volume is very different from the preceding Colorado Rail Annuals in that it contains no historical text, or, as Howard Fogg once commented, no ponderous prose. Instead it is intended to give a pictorial glimpse of the final fifteen years of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Thus, it covers the period roughly from 1973 to 1988 when the railroad succumbed to a merger with the Southern Pacific. However, some of the photographs are quite historical, as many are now more than thirty years old and depict locomotives and equipment no longer in service.
The year 1988 marked the end of the Rio Grande and began an era when dirty, grimy Southern Pacific units began to appear in Colorado with greater frequency. That situation must have been demoralizing to D&RGW employees, who always prided themselves on having clean, well-maintained modern motive power. The Purpose of Rio Grande: Memories of the Finals Years is certinly not to offer a conprehensive portrait of the railroad.
It is a genuine pleasure to present this selection of photos from the final era of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, a railroad that existed for more than one hundred years and played a vital role not only in transportation but also the development of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.
By Ronald C. Hill.
Copyright 2007 Colorado Railroad Historical Society.
Published and distributed by: The Colorado Railroad Museum.
112 pages, over 100 full color photos.
Hardbound, 11" x 8.5" hardbound.
ISBN: 0-918654-78-5

Colorado Rail Annual No. 29 - Black Smoke and White Iron: A History of Colorado Kilns, Ovens, Furnaces and Rails.
Here is the first detailed study of Colorado's coke and ore smelting industries and their importance to the state's mountain railroads. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the three were closely intertwined, and the railroads derived as much revenue hauling coal and coke as from transporting mining ore.
Some familiar names in Colorado history appear, including Palmer, Evans, Moffat and Guggenheim, as well as lesser known but equally colorful personalities. In addition, the historical development of various refining and smelting processes is fully covered. Dozens of sites are edscribed, including GPS locators for present day exploration.
Black Smoke & White Iron will be of value to anyone with an interest in mining, railroading and the industrial history of the Rocky Mountain West.
By William Reich.
Copyright 2008 Colorado Railroad Historical Foundation.
Published and distributed by the Colorado Railroad Museum.
263 pages, 30 color and over 240 black and white illustrations, drawings, maps, smelter locomotive rosters, glossary, bibliography and index.
8.5" x 11" hardbound with dust jacket.
ISBN: 0-918654-79-3

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