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Rio Grande Moffat Route/DVD
Once one of America's classic railroads, the Denver and Rio Grande Western is now just a memory. This video scrapbook will take you through several tunnels as the Moffat Route climbs Colorado's Front Range. Get an engineer's view as the tracks penetrate the core of the Rockies through the Moffat Tunnel. Speed across Middle Park to Byers Canyon and the rugged Gore Canyon, wind along the Colorado River to Bond and on to the Craig Branch where coal trains roam. More than a decade's worth of video shows the Moffat Route's transition from Rio Grande to Southern Pacific to Union Pacific.
Tennessee Pass Vol. 1 & 2 2 DVD Set/DVD
Tennessee Pass is the highest railroad mainline in the continental U.S. Volume 1 of this series examines the westbound route of this vanishing line from Pueblo to Minturn, Colorado. Trackside shots and cab rides catch the spectacular scenery and the hardworking ACs all along the line. Donít miss these ACs in action through Royal Gorge, Tennessee Pass, and down the 3% grades on the western side, with the sound of dynamics whining. Continuing our series on Tennessee Pass, Volume 2 captures train activity during all four breathtaking seasons on this mainline. In this video, we see why helpers are necessary to assist trains up the grueling 3% grade on the western side, and we take a look at some of the foreign power used on this SP line. We also visit the Minturn terminal, and ride along in the cab from Minturn to the Pass. Incredible machines and spectacular scenery on a disappearing line.
Tennessee Pass Vol. 3/DVD
In late May and early June of 1997 Machines of Iron made one more trip to Tennessee Pass to see the some of the final days under Union Pacific control. We follow the line from Dotsero east through the Eagle River Valley passed Wolcott, Avon, Minturn, Belden, Redcliff, Pando, Mitchell to the Tennessee Pass on grades up to 3.3%. From the Tennessee Pass we head down grade along the Arkansas River through Malta, Kobe, Princeton, Buena Vista, Salida Canyon, Texas Creek, Parkdale to the Royal Gorge and finally to Pueblo. While we were in Minturn road foreman Roy Isabell spoke to us about the Union Pacific take over and impending closing. We also visited the famous Turntable Restaurant. This is mountain railroading at it's best, steep grades, helpers, and beautiful mountain scenery.
Tennessee Pass Vol. 4/DVD
During June of 1997 the Union Pacific in cooperation with the National Railway Historical Society operated an excursion using the 844 over Tennessee Pass. The trip started from Denverís historic station which once hosted the passenger trains of 6 railroads and is now the home of only two visits a day from Amtak. This line, topping out at 10,212 feet, was one of the highest standard gauge lines in North America. The line was constructed by the Denver & Rio Grande starting from Pueblo, reaching Canon City in 1874. The line was extended through the Royal Gorge to Salida and Leadville in 1880 as a 3 foot gauge route to serve the many mines in the area. The D&RG standard gauged the track in 1912 and ultimately Tennessee Pass became the Denver & Rio Grande Westernís primary transcontinental route until completion of the Moffat tunnel and Dotsero cut off. One of the things that made this trip special was it was well known the lineís days were numbered. The line was closed in early August 1997 with final operations completed in December and, other than the Pueblo - Parkdale section, has remained out of service.
The Royal Gorge Route/DVD
It took ten years to record the story of the Royal Gorge Route over the now-closed Tennessee Pass. Built by the Denver and Rio Grande between 1874 and 1887 as a narrow gauge railroad and later converted to standard gauge, this dramatic crossing of the Rockies would operate for 110 years!