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Fred Springer in Locomotive Cab (editor's title)

Fred Springer poses in the cab of Rio Grande narrow-gauge locomotive No. 278, on display at Montrose, Colorado, in 1958. The locomotive and tender, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were retired in May 1953 and donated to the City of Montrose. In 1973 the city leased them to the National Park Service, which placed them on exhibit on a portion of the original railroad alignment across the historic Pratt Truss Bridge near the mouth of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a short distance from the Visitor Center of the Curecanti National Recreation Area.
Source Fred Springer Collection
Coverage Spatial, Montrose, Colorado; Temporal, 1958
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1958
Resource Type
Depicted Railroad
Location Montrose, Colorado
Creator Description Fred Springer grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated in engineering from Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri, and worked for Mobil Oil Corporation and subsidiary companies. His rail photographs from the early 1940's until 1963 were largely Texas and the Southwest U.S. including New Mexico and Colorado. He had three tours of duty in the New York City headquarters, 1963-67, 1968-76, and 1983-85, at which time he retired and moved back to Texas. After retirement he and his wife, Dale, traveling the world by train, visiting almost every country in South America and Europe plus South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Syria, Australia, and New Zealand . When he lived in Texas he made many trips to Mexico when steam was still alive in the 1960's and 70's.
Collection Fred Springer Colleciion
Where Published Railroad Magazine, May 1973, Interesting Railfan No. 125
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