Gallery - Posters

Glenwood Railroad Museum

Roaring Fork Railroad Company Centennial Posters

 

Two known versions of these posters were produced -

    'Carbondale 1897 Centennial'

    'Direct service between Denver and Aspen'

 

 

The Roaring Fork Railroad Company created these posters in 1987 to celebrate the centennial of the Aspen Branch of the Rio Grande Railroad.  

 

Randy Parten, a Texas oil millionaire formed the RFRC to operate a Denver to Aspen passenger service.  It had many local supporters in Aspen and an office on Hyman Avenue.

 

The train was to load the Denver's Stapleton Airport, where passengers and luggage would be checked at an airline like counter.  It was to travel to Glenwood Springs on the Rio Grande Railroad main line (now the Union Pacific).  From Glenwood Springs the train traveled to Aspen over the Aspen Branch of the Rio Grande Railroad created in 1887.  The section from Woody Creek to aspen was removed in the 1980's and would have to be re-laid.

 

The proposal was reluctantly supported and approved by all required authorities.  A large station was planned in what is now Rio Grand Park.  The financing was secured.  Equipment was purchased and being rebuilt in a facility purchased for the purpose in Denver.  Rails for the missing section had been procured and stock piled in Denver.

 

A "show train" was run from Denver's Union Station to Carbondale featuring some of the restored observation cars.

 

There was considerable opposition from homeowners along the right of way at the entrance to Rio Grande Park.  But the Rio Grande Railroad killed the project by charging $25,000/train to use their tracks and insisted two reserve engines had to be located along the route.  Amtrak was only charged $5,000 for a trip to Salt Lake City.

 

Randy Parten eventually took his trains to Mexico where he created and operated an excursion train.

 

A Train for Aspen? Think About it.

 

Created for Aspen campaign to promote a train from Aspen to Snowmass in 1960's.

 

 

The picture is of a Pacific Electric Railway narrow gauge Trolley that provided service over its seven mile Mt. Lowe Scenic Railroad (1895 - 1937) to within 1100' of the peak of 6100' Mt. Lowe located two hours from Los Angeles.

 

Received from Jim Breasted.  "I designed the poster along with the printer at the Aspen Times in the early 1970's (1974-75?). They had a Heidleburg press and were the only printer in town at the time.  The proposal was to connect Aspen and Snowmass Village by going through Owl Creek (which was then under single ownership) using retired German light rail equipment. There were many public meetings and a study was done by a consultant named Ross, I believe.  The Community Development Department should have a copy in its files. A preliminary feasible alignment was investigated and mapped. The photo for the poster came from a book that belonged to Ross Griffin who died just recently and all his railroad books were given to Jan's museum in Glenwood.  I don't recall the name of the book. The original photo being in a book was of course a half-tone print."

 

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