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39,600 of GE AC horse power, lifts a train toward DRG&W's Tennessee Pass at Pando, CO. 1,997
December 10, 2011
We are on the ex-DRG&W at Pando Colorado as we watch nine GE's battle the 3.5% grade toward the summit of Tennessee Pass. We watch a mixture of Sothern Pacific, and Union Pacific AC units in the 8th notch battling the grade with a long coal train. Three SP AC4,400 lead. Mid-way back, we see four GE's shoving hard, One SP AC4,400, and three UP AC60/44 convertible units. Two more UP convertible GE's are pushing hard on the rear end. Once the train gets to Leadville. The power will be taken off, and will return to Minturn to get ready for another push up to the summit. Tennessee Pass is at the elevation of 10,275 feet (3,132m) in the Colorado Rockies. The line was original built as a narrow gauge railroad by the DRG&W in 1,881. The line was noted as being the highest mainline railroad mountain pass in the United States. Grades to the west of the summit where as much as 3.5%, and east of the summit only 1.4%. The last train that ran over this line was in 1,997. Video was taken in April 20 1,997. Thanks for watching. Jackmp294.5™...