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Rio Grande: Crest of the Continent


The Colorado Rockies have been home to some of the most dramatic railroad operations in America. Crest of the Continent is the first of a series of all-color books illustrating the Denver & Rio Grande Western as it traversed its home territory in Colorado and Utah. The early chapters of this initial volume follow the line south out of Denver along some of the original narrow-gauge alignment to Pueblo, Trinidad, and the San Luis Valley. Later chapters examine the rails as they wind through the Royal Gorge, over Tennessee Pass, on to Aspen and ultimately Grand Junction.
Originally built to serve the boom or bust mining communities scattered throughout the mountains, the Rio Grande found its long-term success in the transcontinental freight and passenger business, all while surrounded by larger carriers intent on putting the road out of business. D&RGW's agile and innovative demeanor and its willingness to go the extra mile to provide excellent service made it a customer favorite in spite of the road's small size and limited line haul.
While some of the scenes in this volume could be reproduced given the right circumstances, many, like the Rio grande itself, are gone forever. These pages, however, are a celebration of how it wass during the glory days of color photography along the most interesting of mountain railroads - the Rio Grande.

By Chuck Conway.
Copyright 2010 C. Conway.
Published by White River Productions.
176 pages, over 200 full-color photographs including several route maps.
12.25" 9.35" x 0.75" hardbound with a dust jacket.
ISBN: 978-1-932804-10-2

About the author:
Chuck Conway was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1948. Some of his earliest railroad recollections are of Nickle Plate Road's yellow-striped hood units, influences which would later carry over into later life. He had been aware of the Rio Grande from its coverage in "Mixed Train Daily" and the full impact of the Colorado Rockies came in 1961 at a family friend's slide show covering the Rio Grande's Silverton Train. A 1963 family trip to Durango was a watershed event and a decade later Chuck and his new bride Jenny arrived in the Denver area.
Interest in the Rio Grande expanded to standard gauge operations. With Jenny's employment at the D&RGW in 1978 came a deeper understanding of what it did and how it worked. This in turn opened up photo possibilities of unscheduled or unknown events, in addition to the regular action.
Over the years, Chuck met many like-minded Rio Grande fans, and when slide shows exposed unusual or unknown views, he filed the recollections away. Some of those views seen decades ago are presented here for everyone's enjoyment.
In addition to writing railroad articles, modeling, volunteering on the Colorado Railroad Museum's track gang, Chuck is interested in travel, historical reenactments, nostalgia drag racing and all manners of photography. Chuck and Jenny both retired in June of 2013 and now devote the extra time to their hobbies and expanding volunteer work. They have lived for over 40 years in the western suburbs of Denver and currently live north of Golden, CO.


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