"The Royal Gorge" is a publicity film made in the late 1940s by Missouri Pacific, the Rio Grande and Western Pacific to promote travel on their jointly operated heavyweight train between St. Louis and Oakland. It presents footage of steam engines from all three roads, including D&RGW doubleheaders. The scenery is superb through Royal George, over Tennessee Pass, along the Great Salt Lake, and down Feather River Canyon.
"Trouble at Troublesome" is an instructional film made by the D&RGW following a 1956 accident on its Moffat Tunnel Route. After two freight trains collided at Troublesome Siding, the railroad staged a reenactment of events leading up to the mishap. You’ll see F-units in the original pinstripe scheme, steam-powered Big Hooks cleaning up the derailment, and the California Zephyr gliding by after the main line was reopened.
"Railroading with the Rio Grande" tells the story of a large construction project awarded to Morrison-Knudsen. See Rio Grande trains as well as construction of track, bridges and even a tunnel. 1962. This film is also in the Pentrex Morrison Knudsen collection.
These are films from the 1940s,'50s and '60s, all color, showing scenes of the Rio Grande that have long since disappeared.