Denver & Rio Grande Western [Southern Pacific]
Colorado (Tennessee Pass Tunnel)
June 6, 1996

No, Southern Pacific no. 214 is not leading a remarkably short train east out of the Tennessee Pass Tunnel's east portal; that's a pusher shoving the last bit into the tunnel entrance. At this time long coal freights normally ran with 3 head-end units, 2 mid-train helpers and a pusher on the rear. The Tennessee Pass line definitely went out with style. The UP takeover took place just a year and a quarter later, on September 11, 1997.

This page posted 1/1/2019. Text and photo ©2019 Lamont Downs.