Weeks before the shutdown, two grungy C44AC helpers bring MHNRO off Tennessee Pass and into Minturn, CO.
Rarin' to go: A six pack of Minturn helpers are cut-in to an eastbound manifest and ready to shove up the Eagle River canyon and into the high country across Tennessee Pass. What a piece of railro... (more)
While working as agent/operator at Minturn I must have been combining job and railfanning on a splendid October day as a coal train arrives to pick up half a dozen or more helpers for a boost over... (more)
Tennessee Pass was still a hopping place but rumors of its demise had us visiting with plenty of Kodachrome on hand in June of 1994. To top off the visit, the majority of trains were running with... (more)
Colorado’s Minturn Yard is bustling with new Southern Pacific GE AC4400CWs on September 5, 1995. To the right on the main line, a helper set trailed by No. 143 returns from pushing tonnage up the ... (more)
MINTURN CO Aug 23 1981 — D&RGW SD45 5322 awaits its next assignment.
During some early autumn colors, an eastbound Southern Pacific coal train climbs the steep west slope of Colorado’s Tennessee Pass out of Minturn at a location once known as Rex on September 8, 19... (more)
MINTURN CO AUG. 23 1981 -- D&RGW GP30 3013 awaits a crew to take its train west.
The rail yards in Minturn, Colorado have been quiet since 1997, which is the year that the Tennessee Pass line was shut down by the Union Pacific. The rail yards began in 1887 when the Denver and... (more)
SP361 west hustles thru Minturn after a crew change. The train is new Southern Pacific subsidiary CTRN coal hoppers. the cars were mostly used to haul coal to Tennessee Valley Authority.
SP 250 sits awaiting the next push at Minturn, Colorado. AC locomotives forever changed mountain railroading. The AC motors allowed for greater tractive effort, with no over heating.
Three Southern Pacific GP40-2 pull empty ballast train into Minturn for a crew change. Ballast trains for the pit at used 4 axle locomotives for the light and twisting trackage.
SP8255 heads west out of Minturn with 50 loads of Appalachian coking coal for Geneva Works in Utah. Norfolk Southern and Conrail visitors were common on these trains from the east.
Minturn, Colorado Yard afternoon in June 1996. A westbound SP manifest sits awaiting a Grand Junction crew to take her west. Looks like it was a lazy morning on Tennessee Pass as most of the Hel... (more)
This is one of the few series of cars that saw some Southern Pacific new image paint applied. This car was seen in its fresh coat waiting for helpers to take it over Tennessee Pass.