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Trains on the West Slope

Attached are a couple of history columns I’ve written recently about the Denver & Rio Grande Railway’s work in the 1880s to cross the Western Slope and eventually connect all the way to Salt Lake City.

Motezuma engine 1871

This photo, from 1871, shows the Montezuma 1, believed to be the first locomotive in the D&RG’s narrow-gauge line.

The first column is about the work of the D&RG to push over Marshall Pass and through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The second column concerns the continuing work to reach Grand Junction and connect with the Denver & Rio Grande Western to make it to Salt Lake City.