They would vote for emergency funding for the beleaguered town (an economic rival to Denver) in return for legislation authorizing the issuance of bonds for Denver's tunnel. The second will be a left turnoff that goes towards Blue Mountain. In Colorado, approximately 80% of the state's precipitation falls on the West Slope, in the Rocky Mountains, while around 80% of the state's growing population lives along the East Slope, between the cities of Fort Collins and Pueblo. •••••, #winterpark #winterparkcolorado #winterparkexpress #skitrain #winterparkskitrain #ski #skiing #train #amtrak #denver #denvercolorado #coloradophotographer #denverunionstation #winterparkresort #moffattunnel #moffattunnelsubdivision #uprr #lyft #firstchair #colorail #powderday. Re: Moffat Tunnel Sub Traffic Levels (Week 6) Author: cpn456 I agree with other posters here that this is probably the bottom here and that without any changes to coal, oil, potash, etc, the Moffat Line will continue to operate as it is now. You will be leaving the tracks behind for awhile, so say your goodbyes in the rear view mirror. Too me snow is my absolute favorite the moodier the better. The westbound Union Pacific coal train takes on a pot of gold part of the story. The study identified multiple possible rail corridors, including some similar to the originally proposed D&SL route, but stated their preference as a route via Indian Canyon (which currently provides the route of U.S. Route 191 into the basin). If you arrived by train, then you are probably familiar with the first picture on this page (look to the left). This is also the location where BNSF trackage rights trains enter the Moffat Mainline from BNSF tracks. No portion of the line was originally built by the Union Pacific; in fact, some portions were built specifically to compete with the Union Pacific's Overland Route. From Grand Junction to Dotsero, Colorado was part of the Tennessee Pass Line, also built by the D&RGW. A BNSF trackage rights train drops out of the Front Range at MP 22.6 on Union Pacific's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. From the road crossing, you can get some wonderful shots of trains (particularly coal trains) winding their way through the numerous curves at the base of Coal Creek Canyon. You cannot do this safely and safety should always be number one for any railfan.). It was the longest non-electrified tunnel until 1956, when electrification was removed from the Cascade Tunnel. The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. This westbound sand train is moving at 15 miles per hour. Originally incorporated in 1902 as the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific (DN&P) Railway, it had as a goal a direct connection of Denver, Colorado, with Salt Lake City, Utah. Track rails in the tunnel, originally jointed, were replaced in the 1930s with continuous welded rail, one of the earliest such installations in North America. You will notice that there is a curtain in the tunnel (if there are no trains in the immediate facility). View History. Argentine Pass, elevation 13,207 ft (4,025 m), is a high mountain pass that crosses the Continental Divide in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. The route enters Utah at Wendover and crosses the Great Salt Lake Desert and the Bonneville Salt Flats, parallel to Interstate 80 and the Wendover Cut-off, en route to the southern shore of the Great Salt Lake and Salt Lake City. Chemical is named as such because of an oil plant (Mesa Oil) that is located on the mainline and has been served by the railroad for many years. It was finally disbanded after a series of political intrigues related to Winter Park Resort, which was built partly on land owned by the commission (known as the Evans Tract). This project, which was completed in 1934, finally gave Denver its direct rail line to Salt Lake City. Although its primary purpose today is as a rail route for coal and freight and as a water tunnel from the Pacific watershed to the Denver area, it also sees use by the California Zephyr (the tunnel's apex elevation of 9,239 feet (2,816 m) is the highest point on the Amtrak network) and the Winter Park Express . In 1988, Rio Grande Industries, the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, purchased the Southern Pacific Railroad. Okay, now, hop back in your car and proceed west on 80th Avenue back the way you came to get here. If you'd like one more shot from this area, look for South Beaver Creek Road. 494716125 (part of way Moffat Tunnel Subdivision MT1 (40720841)) 494716137; 2631895964 (part of ways Moffat Tunnel Subdivision MT1 (257714062) and Leydon Siding (320903859)) The railroad opened up the first rail routes to a large section of the central Colorado mining district in the decades of the mineral boom. The original DNW&P tracks climbed Rollins Pass with a series of switch back loops with a steep 4% grade and severe snow conditions. This will be right around the area of Crescent Lake Road and Hummingbird Lane. [9] The Uinta basin has extensive oil shale resources. From the road crossing, you can see the curve that is just west of the siding of Clay Hopefully you enjoyed this guided tour of the Front Range of the (former) Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.  (Search Photo Gallery)  The original DNW&P tracks climbed Rollins Pass with a series of switch back loops with a steep 4% grade and severe snow conditions. Originally incorporated in 1902 as the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific (DN&P) Railway, it had as a goal a direct connection of Denver, Colorado, with Salt Lake City, Utah. The curtain is striped orange and white and (since the UP/SP merger), a giant UP shield has been added to the curtain. [7], The pilot bore was leased to the City of Denver for use as a water tunnel to divert water east from the Colorado River Basin under the Continental Divide to the urban areas of the eastern slope. Many trees at our elevation are at their autumn peak right now. I needed a distraction from the 1500-2000 captures I made from my two weeks on the chase of the Big Boy. Please do not ever trespass on railroad property. Trains move through Arvada at speed of 40 MPH to 50 MPH, while cars don't usually get above 30 MPH. 252 leads the train through the snowfall, having already passed through 27 tunnels since leaving Denver’s North Yard. Blue Mountain Spruce, frames my eastbound subject in a pleasant afternoon Rocky Mountain snow event. Relation Moffat Tunnel Subdivision (1419634) Nodes. The following summer, bonds were sold and construction began. BNSF eastbound manifest Provo-Denver exits the Moffat Tunnel and crosses Tolland Road, East Portal, Colorado, on Union Pacific's Moffat Tunnel Subdivision, September 30, 2017. The eight-car train is en route from Fraser to Winter Park to pick up passengers returning to Denver, and is following by eight minutes a long slow coal train. Please do not abuse this priviledge forcing the land owner to restrict all access to this land. David Halliday Moffat was an American financier and industrialist. The front range was experiencing heavy drizzle and rain and near freezing temperatures acting in an upslope condition through Eldorado Canyon upon arriving at 7-8 thousand feet turned to ice on everything. The shear face of the Flatirons show their true colors in the morning sun after a brief spring time blizzard the night before. The weather was spectacular in every way. East and westbound coal trains meet at Sulphur siding in Hot Sulphur Springs, CO. During the peak of autumn color at Tolland, Colorado, on October 2, 2008, westbound Union Pacific MNYRO rumbles west with eight locomotives. At this point, we have proceeded as far west as we can without crossing over the Continental Divide. Moffat was unable to raise sufficient funds to build the tunnel before he died in 1911, [4] but the forces behind the tunnel continued, and in 1914 a Denver bond issue was approved financing two thirds of the construction cost of the tunnel. The Moffat Subdivision is as usual ready to provide a means for transportation regardless of the weather. [10] Some of these proposals involve the constructing more of the proposed route of the former D&SL into Utah. Another at Crescent, my reliable BNSF Provo train in usual fashion gave me another chance to capture the snow and early winter before I completely ran out of light. Okay, follow the road just a little bit further and you will find yourself entering the "town" of Tolland. Earning their wings in the morning sunshine and high country blue skies. Crescent Park Drive is something of a. The Colorado-Big Thompson Project is a federal water diversion project in Colorado designed to collect West Slope mountain water from the headwaters of the Colorado River and divert it to Colorado's Front Range and plains. With a maximum elevation of 11,158 feet (3,401 m) above sea level, it is one of the highest vehicular tunnels in the world. An eastbound loaded grain train passes Cliff Siding (Pinecliffe, CO) on a beautiful summer morning. Getting into waist deep snow, flying a UAV in negative zero temps (heated battery), getting dumped on with hail, and frozen all the way to the bone are typical. Even past where the tracks exit the Rocky Mountains, the grade features horseshoe curves in the final descent. (Webmaster's Tip: While you should be responsible and never exceed the speed limit, I urge you to make sure you DO NOT speed within the limits of Tolland. as you start your way west on the dirt road. The Rollinsville post office has the ZIP Code 80474. Denver, Colorado! The highway curves sharply to the left just before the fire station. It was finally disbanded after a series of political intrigues related to Winter Park Resort, which was built partly on land owned by the commission (known as the Evans Tract). The portion from Salt Lake City to Grand Junction, Colorado is the former Utah Division of the Denver and Rio Grande Western (D&RGW). Interstate 70 (I-70) is a transcontinental Interstate Highway in the United States, stretching from Cove Fort, Utah, to Baltimore, Maryland. It takes about 10 minutes to get to Crescent from the highway (and thus another 10 minutes back), so you will be away from the highway for no less than 20 minutes (and that is if you simply get there and turn around) if you choose to go to Crescent. Originally, Moffat had planned to build a tunnel underneath the pass but funding was not available at the time. It is a reservoir for the city of Denver, and its waters are under the control of Denver Water. Westbound coal trains that are meeting eastbound trains will often stop east of the the grade crossing (with their tail ends sticking out the east end). The Denver business community wanted its own "Air Line" west of the city to connect directly with Salt Lake, and the railways president, David Moffat, vigorously directed the DN&P Railway efforts to that goal.