Soldier Summit Reflections

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Both the Rio Grande and the Utah Railway had a long history of hauling massive coal trains over this summit.

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Both the Rio Grande and the Utah Railway had a long history of hauling massive coal trains over this summit. See vintage black and orange Rio Grande action and rare film of the RSD and ‘Alligator’ ALCOs of the Utah Railway. These trains generally had helper sets of six or seven six-axle diesels to provide enough force to tackle the 2-percent grades and twisting curves. We bring all of this from many locations that often needed a good hike to reach… plus vintage color film, vintage film from both ALCo and the DRGW… and ride the Rio Grande Zephyr! The scenery is impressive. And it’s even more enjoyable to railfans, as this busy line has two main tracks — and in some places, three tracks. Nothing could highlight the scenery like the passenger trains of the Rio Grande with their orange and silver F-units and glittering, domed, stainless-steel passenger equipment.

Ride the Rio Grande Zephyr when the Rio Grande kept its passenger train while almost every other railroad threw their trains into the Amtrak nationwide system. See many stations, meets with freights and lots of Zephyr run-by action in the beautiful Wasatch Range. Learn the region’s history and the changes in the late 1990s. Heavy power, steep grades and massive helper sets were the rule. Watch Rio Grande, SP and finally UP power take over. Also, trackage-rights BNSF trains. We were fortunate to have been the guests of the Utah Railway and their facilities. Visit yards and shops and enjoy their new business of handling general freight. We show the rise of the Utah Railway to new heights. We visit several coal load-out facilities as guests and learn quite a bit of how efforts are made to keep this business clean and safe. This is quite a contrast to the old days and how the industry is perceived.

To quote Model Railroad News, “This is an interesting of images, and anyone who is a certified Rio Grande fan will want to watch it.”

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1 review for Soldier Summit Reflections

  1. rrvideoman, Delisle Saskatchewan

    A really fine movie on a very beautiful region. From Provo to Price Utah, an area of only 82 miles, most of the region is well documented. A few side trips to places like Donner Pass and Tehachapi also make appearances. Plenty of Railroad names like SP, UP, WC, KCS, Conrail, Rock Island, CSX, BNSF, etc… all make appearances. Wide variety of many different power combinations from F9’s to AC4400’s. Utah RR is main focus with much on the old Alco line up, then on to the EMD and GE line up. Rio Grande along with the famed Zepher is noted in different scenes. Scenes from all seasons are shown. Some branch line operations and some scenes of coal loading. Also are several loops and horseshoes. Narrator appears to be a GE locomotive fan as there are multiple scenes of both high HP GE’s and EMD’s SD70’s and SD90’s, yet there is hardly a word of the heavy EMD’s, while the GE AC4400’s are well noted. Not a great deal on the History of the region, as the movie is more focused on the operations at the time of filming. Over all, well pleased in the purchase and highly recommended to all Railfans.

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