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Photo ID: 668241

A westbound Rio Grande freight drops down the steep 3% western grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell, Colorado, on July 20, 1990. Leading the train is EMD SD40T-2 “Tunnel Motor” No. 5349, which is m... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5349
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 20, 1990


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Aug 23, 2018

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Photo ID: 658718

On September 5, 1995, a Southern Pacific coal train grinds up the steep 3% grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell, Colorado, in a view of “Kindig’s Curve.” On the point of this 105-car unit train are... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 280
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 05, 1995


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: May 22, 2018

Views: 2,147
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Photo ID: 640481

An EMD lease unit leads empties through the curves at Mitchell on Tennessee Pass.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: EMDX 6309
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 05, 1996


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By: Ed Wolfe

Added: Dec 09, 2017

Views: 1,448
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Photo ID: 608735

This is the aftermath of the November 22, 1994 taconite train runaway on Tennessee Pass. The train ran away on the 3% grade, and ended up in a pile at the bottom of the Mitchell Curves. This is a... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW5369
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 22, 1994


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By: Frank Wilson

Added: Mar 04, 2017

Views: 4,484
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Photo ID: 608734

This is the aftermath of the November 22, 1994 taconite train runaway on Tennessee Pass. The train ran away on the 3% grade, and ended up in a pile at the bottom of the Mitchell Curves. Remarkabl... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW5369
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 22, 1994


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By: Frank Wilson

Added: Mar 04, 2017

Views: 4,954
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Photo ID: 598031

Dropping down the 3% grade through the Mitchell S-curve, the dynamic brakes from Rio Grande 3122, 3075 and 3142 aren't quite enough to hold the train so the Engineer has set a heavy amount of Auto... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Rio Grande 3122
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1985


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By: John Shine

Added: Dec 01, 2016

Views: 6,670
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Photo ID: 589172

MITCHELL CO Oct 6 1978 -- A famous location on Tennessee Pass with lots of photos taken. This is my version. Rio Grande SD40T-2 5342 takes the S curves on its way west. Web site drgw.net reports t... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5342
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 06, 1978


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By: Charles Stookey

Added: Sep 14, 2016

Views: 3,069
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Photo ID: 561825

A Rio Grande freight howls through the curves as dynamic brakes hold back the train on the three percent grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell, Colorado, on July 20, 1990. SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor No. 5... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5349
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 20, 1990


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 12, 2016

Views: 6,637
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Photo ID: 558707

In a cloud of brakeshoe smoke the caboose bringing up the rear of DRGW 5337 west descends the steep three percent grade of Tennessee Pass at the old siding site of Mitchell.

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: caboose
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 01506
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Dec 17, 2015

Views: 3,493
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Photo ID: 557798

Westbound "Ford Fast" starting it's descent of Tennessee Pass at sight of old Mitchell siding near the summit

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5317
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: Joe Blackwell

Added: Dec 10, 2015

Views: 6,091
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Photo ID: 523017

The rear of D&RGW 5382’s westbound train is still in the Continental Divide and Tennessee Pass summit tunnel as the train now begins its 3% decline at Mitchell, Colo. The train will drop almost 2... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5382
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 23, 1997


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By: Steve Patterson

Added: Mar 14, 2015

Views: 3,823
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Photo ID: 503345

Southern Pacific was only a short-time tenant on Tennessee Pass in Colorado. Originally a part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western, the line became a part of SP when the D&RGW absorbed the larger r... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 133
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 01, 1997


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By: Steve Barry / www.railroadphotographer.com

Added: Oct 24, 2014

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Photo ID: 464578

Led by Rio Grande’s first Tunnel Motor, SD40T-2 No. 5341, an eastbound Rio Grande freight climbs the steep 3-percent grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell on a July 1984 morning. A total of 20,850 h... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5341
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July, 1984


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 01, 2014

Views: 2,765
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Photo ID: 464577

An eastbound Rio Grande freight climbs the steep 3-percent grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell on a July 1984 morning. A total of 18,600 horsepower of EMD locomotives is clawing at the rails with ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD GP40
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 3083
Train ID: DRGW Minturn helper
Photo Date: July, 1984


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 01, 2014

Views: 3,109
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Photo ID: 448335

Ten AC4400CWs up Tennessee Pass
A Southern Pacific coal train grinds up the steep 3% grade of Tennessee Pass at Mitchell, Colorado, on September 5, 1995. On the point of this 105-car un... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Mitchell, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP 280
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 05, 1995


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Aug 22, 2013

Views: 5,957
Comments: 5

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