The phantom railroad of Tennessee Pass

Article by Kendal Stitzel

Transportation – October 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

ONCE A TANGLED WEB of silver rails, Central Colorado has enjoyed something of a railroad renaissance at the turn of the 21st century. Despite the numerous ghosts of abandoned railroads, a streamlined passenger train now leaves every day from Cañon City to ply the tracks of the Royal Gorge, some of the passengers eating luxuriously in a full dining car. Above Leadville, a diesel pulls trainloads of tourists to timberline amid lovely mountain views. The San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad recently began passenger service over La Veta Pass then down to Antonito. In Antonito, the antique steamers of the Cumbres and Toltec continue to haul thousands back and forth into New Mexico. And plans remain afoot to revive a railroad line to Creede.

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