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Denver & Rio Grande Western train picture gallery, through the Moffat Tunnel and the Craig Branch

Denver & Rio Grande Western Zephyr

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company had a phrase "Through the Rockies not Around Them." To move trains between Denver and Salt Lake City required muscling tonnage over two major mountain passes. The Rocky Mountains were finally conquered with the completion of the Moffat Tunnel in 1927. This lowered the top of the grade over the Rollins Pass from 11,617 feet to just 9,239 feet. The second pass was in Utah and went over the Wasatch Range at Soldier Summit. Trains operating out of Pueblo had to conquer Tennessee Pass at 10,230 feet. Mountains had to be overcome to reach the train's destination no matter which route a train took.

For this series we will follow Denver & Rio Grande Western trackage eastward alongside the Colorado River from near the Colorado border to the crew change at Bond, a side trip up the Craig Branch, and finally through the Moffat Tunnel.

All pictures in this series are on disks 35 and 36. You can purchase a disk and printout any of the pictures for your own use to dress up your train room or add color to a house that just cries out for more train pictures.

Mack, CO
Akin
Debeque
Rifle
Newcastle
Glenwood
Grizzly
Bond
State Bridge
Orestod
Toponas
Kremmling
Byers Canyon
Hot Sulphur Springs
Grandby
Tabernash
Winter Park
East Portal
Tolland