The Moffat Road Part 1 – Denver to the Moffat Tunnel

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In Central Colorado trains battle a short, stiff grade to the Continental Divide. Denver businessman David Moffat spent his entire fortune building this engineering marvel.

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In Central Colorado where the Great Plains meet the Rockies, trains battle a short, stiff grade to the Continental Divide. Denver businessman David Moffat spent his entire fortune building this engineering marvel. Although he never lived to see its success, this stretch of track was instrumental to the growth of Colorado and remains a busy main line today.

Part of Union Pacific’s Denver Area, this former piece of Denver and Rio Grande Western track is known as the Moffat Tunnel Subdivision. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we will cover the east side between Denver and the Moffat Tunnel. Watch trains wrap around Big Ten Curve, climb through the rugged Tunnel District, and disappear under the Continental Divide through the famous 6.2 mile-long Moffat Tunnel. Cresting the Rockies at over 9,000 feet, this is the highest active mainline in North America.

Coal traffic is king on the Moffat Tunnel Sub, with loaded trains heading east to Denver and empties returning west. The steep mountain grades require additional locomotives in the middle and rear of eastbound coal trains, creating a fantastic show of horsepower. Besides coal, mixed manifests from both UP and BNSF plus Amtrak’s California Zephyr make a daily appearance. There’s nothing like mountain railroading in the Colorado Rockies! This program was shot between August and October, 2012.

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3 reviews for The Moffat Road Part 1 – Denver to the Moffat Tunnel

  1. aweise

    I do not consider my self a fan of western railroading or moutain railroading but ever since I bought the Pentrex Rio Grade, I really like the rockies and old Rio Grande Railroad. Great video and excellent scenery.

  2. Mike

    This is a fantastic documentary and the photography and narration contained within is on par for the DVD. I went out and bought part 2 as soon as I finished this version and have not bee disappointed in either purchase. A must have for all rail fans.

  3. Everywhere West

    7idea Productions is probably the best producer making railfan shows these days. Their look at the Moffat Line is really second to none. The videography is fantastic (it matches the fantastic scenery!) and the program is informative. It is put together logically and all the shots are A-numbr-one. This is a must buy and re-watch kind of program.

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