The Rainbow Era

Following the SP's merger with the D&RGW, large numbers of Rio Grande locomotives began to appear in the Rogue Valley.   It appeared the Rio Grande was "showing the flag" with their engines.  But, it was soon evident that the Grande's arsenal of comparatively well maintained diesels was insufficient to supplement the SP's fleet of ailing power and soon more and more leased and borrowed units came onto the property.  The summer of 1988 found an incredible array of diverse engines and paint schemes in Medford.  This trend contiuned for several years until rebuilds and newer power returned the leased units to their owners.
All Photos Copyright 2000 by Larry Tuttle

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