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Photo ID: 635640

SP262 charges up the heavy grade at West Mitchell. The train is sitting on the longest sustained portion of 3% grade on Tennessee Pass. The head-end is about to enter a short section of the origin... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP262
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 24, 1996


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Oct 25, 2017

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Photo ID: 627956

Nearly two decades have passed since the last freight train rumbled through this passage and polished the rails at the continental divide. Today the famous Tennessee Pass tunnel lies dormant with... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: Tunnel
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 04, 2017


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By: Frank Orona

Added: Aug 23, 2017

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Photo ID: 602773

Tennessee Pass—1985
Rolling over the very top of Tennessee Pass after helping an eastbound Rio Grande freight up the 3% grade out of Minturn are four SD40T-2 Tunnel Motors—the engineer ... (more)

Railroad: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: DRGW 5393
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 09, 1985


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 12, 2017

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Photo ID: 602772

Tennessee Pass—2015
Like a grave site bouquet, flowers begin to grow between slag ballast and rusty 136-pound rails laid by Rio Grande in 1970’s, as nature slowly reclaims what is hers ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: none
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 12, 2015


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By: Mike Danneman

Added: Jan 12, 2017

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Photo ID: 587300

TENNESSEE PASS Southern Pacific AC4400 #164 claws at the 3% grade and rounds Kindig's Curve. The big GE is less than 1 year old and still has a very shiny "Rudolf" nose. A storm front is appro... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass , Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SPAC4400
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1996


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 29, 2016

Views: 2,373
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Photo ID: 585300

A battered veteran of mountain railroading climbs Tennessee Pass. While the coal trains got the new AC4400s, drag freights got whatever could be thrown together. On this train a mixed lash-up of... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP6812
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1996


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 08, 2016

Views: 2,108
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Photo ID: 584909

A stormy afternoon on Tennessee Pass, sees this westbound with a long snoot Southern Pacific tunnel motor in the lead. This train had 3 SD40T-2 and a SD40 for its trip to Grand Junction.

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD40T-2
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP8351
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 04, 2016

Views: 2,725
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Photo ID: 584902

It appears one of the locomotives in the 1st swing help has developed teething problems on the 3% above Pando. Two crew members have the doors open trouble shooting a problem on the second motor. ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP188
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 04, 2016

Views: 4,429
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Photo ID: 584868

SP8672 MK rebuild SD45 and a string of other 2nd generation motors lift a train into Pando. The grade here eases to 1% (flat by Tennessee Pass standards) and the train will pick up considerable sp... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP8672
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 03, 2016

Views: 2,443
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Photo ID: 584805

Three new AC4400 locomotives thunder out of Belden canyon towards Red Cliff. The grade here is 2.3-2.4%. By the time the rear of train passes, the head-end will be fighting a 3% grade and 12 degr... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 03, 2016

Views: 3,284
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Photo ID: 584711

Engineer John Shine is at the throttle, as UP8016 muscles thru Mitchell on the climb for Tennessee Pass. This was suppose to be the last train over Tennessee Pass. Trains would run sporadically ... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD9043MAC
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP8016
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1997


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 02, 2016

Views: 3,737
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Photo ID: 584668

First light as three new AC4400s lead a coal train on the approach to Tennessee pass Tunnel. The AC4400s were delivered to the Southern Pacific from 1995-1996. By mid 1995 most coal trains on the ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP173
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 01, 2016

Views: 2,467
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Photo ID: 584664

In another view of SP9197 east, a couple of Whitewater Building Materials Corp. of Grand Junction, Colorado hoppers are in the foreground of this picture. The cars are notable in that Trainworx r... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP9197
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 01, 2016

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Photo ID: 584659

SD45T-2 SP9197 leads 2 more tunnel motors and a GP40-2 thru the Mitchell Curves. The new coat of paint on the leader is already covered in a layer of tunnel grime. The big 20 cylinder SP9197 was... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45T-2
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP9197
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Aug 01, 2016

Views: 3,825
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Photo ID: 584550

"Bran-New" Southern Pacific 210 marches up Tennessee Pass below Pando. This section of grade between Red Cliff and Pando has tight 12 degree curves making it, like the rest of Tennessee Pass, a t... (more)

Railroad: Southern Pacific Railroad
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Tennessee Pass, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: SP210
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1995


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By: Jason Cary

Added: Jul 31, 2016

Views: 2,174
Comments: 2

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