By Todd R. Michaelis (BA ’90)
Once destined to be a seminary teacher, Timothy A. Morris (BS ’74) changed career tracks when he applied at the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. “I had no formal training, but they hired me as a conductor,” he says. This launched a railroad career spanning 28 years of working on freight and passenger trains. If you’ve never heard of a Vista Dome, California Zephyr, or helper engine, Morris can explain them all in detail. His passion for railroads is brought to light in several books, including Western Pacific Track Side with Bob Larson, Rio Grande in Color: Late Steam and First Generation Diesels, and Trackside on the Union Pacific 1960–1982 with Emery Gulash.