2011: October Outing – Part 5

10 Oct

Well, it’s Day#5 its time to head home but this chapter of Railroad Adventures (RRAdventures) is not yet over..

We head east on US50 over to Cimarron and turn off onto Morrow Point Dam Road up to the D&RGW Display.  Now you might know what you expect me to find and photograph but I know something has changed and wanted to get a photograph of this difference.  What do you think?

Notice anything missing?

We continue down the highway to Gunnison  to see if we would have any luck finding the Depot here that we had little info on but no such luck.  More research needed to find out if it still exists and where it might be found at.

We will now move on to Crested Butte to find and locate the depot there that we did have detail information on its location.

We turn back to Gunnison for lunch and even though the Pioneer Museum is closed that does not mean I can’t take some photographs from the fence.  Sargents Depot is in there along with the Water Tank from Marshall Pass and oh yea lots of D&RGW railroad equipment.  Another trip here in the future to get better shots.

We now head for Sargents as the Water Tank is still there; it sits on Private property but the owner has a nice display in front with some history about the tank and a donation box to help keep it preserved.  Drop a few bucks as I sure would like to see it saved.

From here we head over Monarch Pass and catch a few shots of some old mines in the area

We will now head towards Howard to see if we get get shots of the Tunnel and old Rio Grande Bridge ( 38°27’57″N / 105°51’40″W).  Once we got shots of the Bridge we found we needed to take another route to get to the tunnel and there is not the time.  I will take a few shots of the West Portal from the highway but it’s not very good.

Our final stop before heading home is at Kenosha Pass where a Wye was at and there is a nice display and historical information there about the Denver, South Park, and Pacific that once operated here.  I took some video while walking the display track to help show it since it’s hard to see from the ground using still photography.  You can see a portion of it in this photograph from the parking away from the highway.

That’s it for this RRAdventures blog but if you know me there are lots and lots more still to come!


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10 responses to “2011: October Outing – Part 5

  1. Mark W.

    10/21/2011 at 6:50 PM

    This looks like so much fun Darren! That’s a really cool display with the water-tower and the owner’s preservation efforts.

    You have me craving a ghost-fanning trip!

  2. Ben

    10/21/2011 at 8:29 PM

    DOH! I should have given you the directions to the company in Palisade, CO that is cosmetically restoring the D&RGW engine that is missing from Cimarron.

    • Stourbridge Lion

      10/22/2011 at 3:07 PM

      No Problems Ben; given our tight schedule I don’t think we could have gotten there. Since I knew the Engine / Tender were being restored and our route was passing Cimarron we just made a quick stop to photograph the bridge with the equipment missing from it. Are the other cars also at Palisade and are they getting any TLC that you know of?

  3. kaspermj

    11/18/2011 at 10:40 AM

    Pretty weird building on the 5th picture. Never seen such one before, and Denmark is so different from U.S.

    I would really like to go there and visit my family 🙂

    • Stourbridge Lion

      11/18/2011 at 12:07 PM

      That’s one of the reasons I enjoy sharing trips as it gives folks a chance to see things they might never have seen otherwise. I’ve gotten over to Europe a few times but have yet to visit Denmark. If I do get there, what would you suggest I not miss that a typical tourist might never see? It is those places that tend to make trips even more special!

  4. PhotosNatures

    11/19/2011 at 10:09 PM

    Very nice shooting I love particulary this one

    • Stourbridge Lion

      11/21/2011 at 8:24 PM

      Thanks! I believe it’s the Madonna Gold Mine and it’s located at 38°32’15″N / 106°18’55″W

  5. timetales

    12/28/2011 at 11:14 PM

    You have a great blog it brings back a lot of memorys I grew in N.Eastern P.A. and know matter what direction you looked you saw trains as a kid train hoppin was one of our favorite pass times and playing around thetracks took up many of our days. I just released a book with a couple of railroad storys it’s on Kindle and soon to be on Amazon you might check it out it’s called “The Unmarked way” .

    • Stourbridge Lion

      12/29/2011 at 7:53 AM

      One of my favorite railroads is the Delaware and Hudson (The D&H); something you might know being from that area.


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