|Eads, Colo. Sept 30, 1989 Photo: Jeff Van Cleve|
|Sugar City, Colo. Nov. 1956, 55 years ago this week |
Photo: Jim Hinkhouse
Of significant concern is the closing paragraphs from the same Pueblo Chieftain article, dated yesterday,
Kiowa County Commission Dick Scott is adamant the state should step in before the rails come off the Towner Line. “I realize it’s difficult for (lawmakers) too, but if it comes to the point that V&S wanted to pull this rail out, I would urge everybody I could in the state Legislature to purchase that back,” Scott said. “It might not make economic sense right to begin with, but I think it will 15 or 20 years from now.”Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad would lose its western connection, turning it into a spur. V&S has no motive to please any of these clients, and 20 million "motives" to burn them.
Speaking on his cellphone as he drove down Colorado 96 parallel to the Towner Line, Scott described what he saw:
“I’m right now driving past a bunch of rail cars that are used to haul rails. It makes you wonder if they’re not just waiting to haul off those rails. It makes me suspicious.”
Combined with BNSFs desertion of its original transcontinental route over Raton Pass, southeastern Colorado could possibly face a coming decade worse than Great Depression era Dust Bowl disaster. The loss of infrastructure and possible replacement cost staggers the mind. This Coloradoan is wondering, "Why did we sell the line in the first place?"