|Southern Pacific never looked better than August 1, 1999, squeezing between rockfall fencing |
and rafters intent on enjoying Browns Canyon and the Arkansas in the short summer season.
Photo: Mike Danneman
Yes, in one of the crueler changes of the UP-SP merger (also mentioned all 3 days, unintentionally), the snaking coal drags and other serpentine trains that plied the Tennessee Pass route have vanished. Tennessee Pass was the original standard gauge route "Thru the Rockies" before the acquisition of the Denver & Salt Lake by the Rio Grande and it's official merger in 1947.
Today's photo is perhaps as exceptional as they come. Thank you, Mr. Danneman, for sharing these with us!◊