Rio Grande westbound
west of Helper, Utah

Rio Grande locomotive and 2 Souther Pacifice locomotives travel on side of mountain

A Rio Grande locomotive leads Southern Pacific partners uphill west of Helper, Utah on SP's Denver to Salt Lake City mainline. The portion of the line from Helper to Provo, Utah features rugged terrain, and steep grades as it climbs toward Soldier Summit at an elevation near 8000 feet above sea level.


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