Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

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Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby fp7fan » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:33 pm

The Denver media has been reporting about a sinkhole that has closed Rt. 24 in Colorado between Leadville and Red Cliff. This sinkhole has been caused by a collapse of a century old railroad tunnel underneath the roadway. Does anybody have a link to a D&RG map that may show the route that would have included this tunnel? From one report I read, the tunnel may have been 2,500 feet long and was abandoned in the early 1900's.

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Re: Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby The EGE » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:18 pm

This looks like a plausible candidate for the location: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Red+Cliff ... o&t=m&z=15
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Re: Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby TB Diamond » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:44 pm

Original Tenesee Pass Tunnel. New bore completed in, I believe, the early 1950s. Old bore was thereafter sealed. New bore constructed account old bore had liner issues that caused repeated partial collapse situations.
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Re: Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby fp7fan » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:59 am

Thanks for the replies, they clarify things. I was confused by an article in the Denver Post that said the tunnel was used to access Camp Hale, and that made me think that the tunnel was located further north near the location of Camp Hale and maybe was part of a spur into the camp.
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Re: Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby TB Diamond » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:41 pm

The spur into Camp Hale came off at Pando.

I was stationed at Camp Hale in the mid-1950s. Recall seeing D&RGW trains with nearly a dozen F-units as power.

Nothing left at Camp Hale now except foundation remains.
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Re: Tunnel Collapse along Tennessee Pass

Postby Desertdweller » Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:46 pm

I'm glad to hear this was not on the current mainline over Tennessee Pass.

Two weeks ago I drove US 50 from Canon City to Montrose. The line from Canon City to Salida looked like it was still in good shape except for needing some weed control.

The line from Canon City to Parkdale is still used by the Royal Gorge Railroad, and looks in good shape. I also saw a twelve-car coal train leaving Canon City westbound behind UP power. Must have been going to the power plant on the west side of Canon City.

I'm glad the UP has not torn up this route. It may be needed someday if problems develop on the Moffat Tunnel Route.

The scenery from Canon City to Salida is so nice, I think people would ride the train to Salida if service were added.

The Royal Gorge Railroad seems to have a lot of equipment awaiting refurbishing. If I were running that operation, I would be negotiating with the City of Denver to take over the Ski Train operation to Winter Park.

It is striking the way the public, who abandoned passenger trains in the late 1960's, now embraces them.

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