Denver & Rio Grande Western [Southern Pacific]
June 7, 1996
Another view of Bragdon, Colorado where the paired operation of parallel Denver & Rio Grande Western amd Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe lines as a unified double track line (the "Joint Line") began, extending from here north to Crews (south of Denver). This view faces south from a secondary road north of the junction; the Rio Grande's line is on the left and the Santa Fe's on the right, with the northern connecting track between the two in the center of the slide.
The Colorado & Southern also had trackage rights over the Joint Line, due to the decision by government managers during World War I to tear up the C&S line from Pueblo to Denver; these trackage rights were eventually inherited by Burlington Northern. The BNSF merger rendered the whole issue moot.
This page posted 1/1/2019. Text and photo ©2019 Lamont Downs.