Denver & Rio Grande Western [Southern Pacific]
Colorado (Big Ten Curve)
June 8, 1996

Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr/Desert Wind rounds the Big Ten Curve as it continues its climb of the Front Range west of Denver. The line of trees visible ahead of the train is a windbreak anchored by a number of rock-filled hoppers on an abandoned siding along the main; the Denver & Rio Grande Western set up the barrier in 1973 after several trains had been blown off the tracks here in the past. Seen from Blue Mountain Road (above Clay Siding).

This page posted 7/1/2018; revised 1/1/2019. Text and photo ©2018 Lamont Downs.