Thanks to Riptide readers Bob Pilgrim, Dan Stegink, Alan Wald, Mark Stechbart, et al. for researching this Dorothea Lange photo from 1938 (or even earlier). See Comments below this post for more on this historic photo.
See John Maybury's "Snow Train" photo album on our right sidebar. All pictures taken from Amtrak's California Zephyr while traveling through the Sierra Nevada in California and the Wasatch Range in Utah, in January and February 2017.
I just returned from a train trip on Amtrak's California Zephyr through the colorful canyons and gorges of Utah and Colorado. See my photo gallery "Canyons, Cliffs & Clouds" on the right sidebar, and two interesting trains I photographed along the route of the Zephyr (below). Three simple observations about the American railroading experience: Thousands of giant boulders perched on steep hillsides never tumble down when your train is passing by. People dump enormous quantities of trash alongside backyard fences and railroad tracks. People wave at arriving and departing trains, but not at buses and airplanes. If you want to see some of this gorgeous scenery for yourself, much of it accessible only by rail, get yourself an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard and start racking up travel points for your next train ride.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher
Old Burlington Northern steam engine on display at Amtrak's Galesburg, Illinois train station. (John Maybury iPhone photo taken onboard westbound California Zephyr)
Airport shuttle train waits for passengers at Denver Union Station. (John Maybury iPhone photo taken onboard Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr)