The line west of Parkdale is dormant, yes, and in case anyone didn't realize it, there's a sign to that effect on a stake stuck into the ballast between the rails. Is that standard RR practice? A year and a half ago I rode the CCRGRR; it's quite a ride, and it has to be the smoothest tourist train ride I've ever had, with continuous welded rail, not to mention relatively modern ex-VIA coaches. Having it dispatched from Omaha or wherever added to the atmosphere of a real railroad operation, and the company hadn't done some of the cutesy stuff tourist lines sometimes do. I guess the gorge speaks for itself.
We drove west through Gunnison and Montrose (though we skipped the side trip to the Marshall pass because it was early June and cold). As long as the highway and the Tennessee pass line were next to each other, the line looked in superficial good shape, even after what, 8 years of no use. With UP so overcrowded, why aren't they using the DRGW Moffat Route more and maybe reopening Tenn Pass?