The rugged majesty of the Colorado Rockies sets the backdrop for this historic route running west out of Denver. Between the west bore of the famed Moffat Tunnel and Glenwood Springs lies 130 miles of high mountain parks and deep colorful canyons.
After exiting the 6.2 mile long Moffat Tunnel, the grade lessens allowing trains to sprint through the Colorado high country. Loaded coal trains put on a fantastic show of raw horsepower verses gravity, with remote swing and rear-end helpers. We’ll visit Gore and Little Gore Canyons, Byers Canyon, the spectacular Dotsero Cutoff, Glenwood Canyon and the Crater Loops on the Craig Branch.
This is one of the most scenic railroads in the west! Part of Union Pacific's Denver Area, this line sees mainly coal traffic out of western Colorado and eastern Utah. BNSF operates trains over the Moffat via trackage rights and Amtrak's California Zephyr runs each way daily between Chicago and the west coast. As trains follow the course of the Colorado River, one awe inspiring vista opens up after another. The Rio Grande called this “The Scenic Line of the World” and you will see why in The Moffat Road Part 2: Winter Park to Glenwood Springs!
2 hours 16 minutes
WIDESCREEN DVD NTSC No Region Code.
1080i Hi-Definition Blu-ray BD-R
May be viewed with or without narration
An eastbound manifest bound for Denver passes massive rock formations and telegraph polls near Sulphur.
Westbound coal empties follow the Colorado River as it winds through red rock canyons east of Range.
Amtrak's California Zephyr heads east through Troublesome. The rock formations behind the train are the walls of Gore Canyons.
A BNSF Denver to Provo train passes through Tunnel 38 in the bottom of Gore Canyon.
An evening coal train has a high green as it tackles the grade at Fraser. The remote controlled swing helpers are digging in for the climb to the continental divide.
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