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Rio Grande: Heart of the Rockies

Chuck Conway

Published by White River Productions, 2014
ISBN 10: 1932804145 / ISBN 13: 9781932804140
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Title: Rio Grande: Heart of the Rockies

Publisher: White River Productions

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included


Rio Grande: Heart of the Rockies by Chuck Conway. Rio Grande: Heart of the Rockies looks at the dramatic influence of railroad builder David H. Moffat on the Denver & Rio Grande Western. In Volume I of this series, one of the watershed events for the young D&RG was the conversion of the main lines from narrow gauge to standard gauge, initiated in 1890 during Moffat's presidency. Following his departure from the D&RG the following year, Moffat intensified the pursuit of his great dream - constructing a direct transcontinental mainline west from Denver. Indeed, the 'Moffat Road', which he spearheaded, eventually became the primary transcontinental conduit for the D&RGW as well as the source of substantial local traffic. Moffat, however, would not live to see the outcome of what he had begun and following his passing, his Denver, Northwestern & Pacific was reorganized into the Denver & Salt Lake. The color images in this Volume, all captured in the later years of D&RGW operations, illustrate the many construction challenges he faced as he pushed the DNW&P rails west, for this was no route seeking the easiest of grades and alignments. It was the boring of the Moffat Tunnel beneath the Continental Divide in 1927 that encouraged the D&RGW to cast its lot with the D&SL in developing both local and transcontinental traffic. The completion of the tunnel, followed by the opening of the Dotsero Cutoff in 1934, gave the line through the Heart of the Rockies a chance to thrive, unlike so many other railroad enterprises that had challenged Colorado's mountains and failed. The line west of Denver remains one of the most colorful operations in the region. Though many changes occurred in the final quarter of the 20th century, the experience of trains winding through the mountains has beckoned rail photographers from around the globe to record the action. And while the Rio Grande itself is gone, the images herein help to illustrate how it was during the era of color slide photography along the D&RGW in the Heart of the Rockies. Contents: Introduction, pp. 6-7; Mile-High City, pp.8-29; The Front Range, pp. 30-67; Heart of the Rockies, pp. 68-105; Colorado Valley, pp. 106-145; The Craig Branch, pp. 146-173; Dotsero Cutoff, pp. 174-191; Bibliography, pg. 192. White River Productions, hardcover with jacket, 192 pages, 12 x 9 x .75 in., 256 all Color photographs, 6 maps. Bookseller Inventory # wrp145

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