I've had my eye on this Lionel set for some time and this year Santa's Elf (Jan) bought it on eBay and put it under the tree for me. Manufactured in 2000 and sold now as new-old-stock, it represents the D&RGW Royal Gorge which ran from Denver to Salt Lake City by way of Royal Gorge and Tennessee Pass (rather than traveling the more direct Moffat Tunnel route). The train left Denver in the early morning and arrived in SLC the following morning and what a beautiful ride it was for us in 1960, '61, '62, '63 and '64. The consist was typically two EMD F7 engines, a baggage car, an RPO, a lounge-diner, a coach and a coach-observation-dome. A shop crew added a rear door to the observation end so a Pullman brought up the rear of the train. Each Summer I found the train crews to be friendly and informal, so much so that Dad and I would spend much of the trip in a vestibule with the top half of the dutch-door open to our scenic passage through the Rockies. It is a joy to now put an O scale model of this train on my tracks and watch it roll as it always has in my mind's eye.
The colors strike me as true-to-life.
Two A units whereas the
real train was usually drawn
by an A and a B (no cab end).
Except for being shortened this is
a pretty close model of the actual
The coach section was in front of the dome
and the observation section occupied the
rounded car end. Restrooms were under the dome.
Instead of a lounge-diner and a coach the
the model has two coaches
and no RPO (Railway Post Office).
Click to start a video of it making a brave scene
and taking me right back to 1964.
Here is a photo of the Royal Gorge
high in the Rockies approaching
Tennessee Pass to the west.