Pocket domeliner in Hideaway Park, Colorado – 1971 by Steve Brown
When Amtrak took over American passenger service on May 1, 1971, the Rio Grande Railroad chose not to join the Amtrak system. They were thus mandated to continue operating their own passenger service between Denver and Salt Lake City, Utah. Their little vista-dome train (sometimes as few as four cars) was given the nickname “pocket domeliner”, though in later years, as the service became more popular with tourists, the train was sometimes quite long. I rode the train in 1975 and again in 1981.
Here the eastbound train is rounding a curve in late-afternoon on August 31, 1971 at Hideaway Park, Colorado, approx. sixty miles from its Denver destination.