The D&RGW Chili Line Dulce in New Mexico

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have always been amazed at the number and length of the narrow Gauge network in southern Colorado and in this case into New Mexico.  I know there are some NG lines still available running preservation trains.  Keen to research these at some point.

The D&RGW Chili Line Dulce in New Mexico

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
There are at least two lines running narrow gauge steam in colorado both in the south.

Not sure there were a lot of NG lines in the Denver area could be wrong.

Southern pacific connected with NG lines around Leadville.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The D&RGW began as a 3ft gauge line from Denver to Salt Lake City via Tennessee Pass - much of the D&RGW 3ft gauge trackage that survived into the 20th century were branches and secondary lines that had previously connected to the Tennessee Pass line before it was converted to standard gauge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad

A lot of 3ft gauge was built in the 1870s and 1880s, at one point it was possible to travel on 3ft gauge from Toledo, Ohio to Mexico via St Louis. The Nickel Plate's Clover Leaf Division - Toledo, Ohio to East St Louis, Illinois - and the Southern Pacific's Cotton Belt - East St Louis to Gatesville, Texas - both began as 3ft gauge lines that were eventually standardised in the 1880s to resolve interchange issues with other railroads.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The D&RGW began as a 3ft gauge line from Denver to Salt Lake City via Tennessee Pass - much of the D&RGW 3ft gauge trackage that survived into the 20th century were branches and secondary lines that had previously connected to the Tennessee Pass line before it was converted to standard gauge.
Sulla1

Interesting info @Sulla1

For heritage info see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver_and_Rio_Grande_Western_Railroad#Heritage_railways where I think the Antonito location was the start of the line to Dulce?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There is also a great map I have linked below

  duttonbay Minister for Railways

There is also a great map I have linked below
bevans


...As Sulla1 says, there would have been a great deal more 3' gauge if that map dated back to the late 19th century.
  8502 Train Controller

I have never been to the USA but can now imagine how beautiful Colorado must be and there are several locations I would love to visit in New Mexico.
  Bulbous Deputy Commissioner

Just a note that Dulce is on the San Juan Extension that ran east from Chama to Durango, whilst the Chili Line ran south from Chama to Santa Fe - different lines altogether.

Cheers,

Matt.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Just a note that Dulce is on the San Juan Extension that ran east from Chama to Durango, whilst the Chili Line ran south from Chama to Santa Fe - different lines altogether.
Bulbous

Thanks Matt.  Yes I can see it is just south of the border.

Silverton to Durango is still open as far as I know.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Found this map http://dtdapps.coloradodot.info/staticdata/downloads/StatewideMaps/RailSystem.pdf which really does show the current networks in Colorado dated 2012.

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