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Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Lines
in New Mexico and Colorado

Rio Grande narrow gauge steam train to Silverton

After the Santa Fe won the battle for Raton Pass, the Denver & Rio Grande turned west. One line went up the Royal Gorge to Leadville, CO. This line became the route over Tennessee Pass and until 1934 was the D&RGW mainline between Denver and Salt Lake City. Another line from Walsenburg went west to Antonito. This line then split with one route going south to Santa Fe, NM and the other route continuing west to Durango. To tap the new mines near Silverton, the railroad built north and completed that line in July 1882. Due to the decline in freight traffic most of the rails were pulled out in 1970 and 1971. For this series we will follow the remaining portions of Denver & Rio Grande Western narrow gauge trackage in New Mexico and Colorado.

In going through her dad's slides, my dear wife discovered a trip her parents made to Durango to ride the train in 1977. Too bad their trip was on a mostly cloudy day.

All pictures in this series are on disks 36, 38, and 39. 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.

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic

Labato Trestle
Engine 487
Windy Point
Los Pinos

Durango and Silverton

Home Ranch
High Line