|Colorado & Southern standard gauge steamer rests outside the Leadville, |
Colorado & Southern depot in Leadville, Colorado one hot day in August 1999
Photo: Jeff Jordan
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
POTD - Isolated in Leadville
The last remnant of the Denver, South Park and Pacific being operated today is the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. From 1899, it was part of the C&S consolidation of narrow gauge lines--the ones not associated with Rio Grande. In the 40s, the line was standard gauged, operating for a short time with 4 rails to prevent any service disruption. From the 40s to the 60s, C&S #641 moved cars from the Climax mine at the top of Fremont Pass down to the connection with Rio Grande outside Leadville. After 641 retired, she was put on display in Leadville while a Burlington Northern road switcher took over her duties.