In June 1877, General William Jackson Palmer's new Denver & Rio Grande Railway reached the summit of Veta Pass in Colorado, 9,400 feet above sea level and deep within the Sangre De Christo Mountains. This narrow gauge line to the San Luis Valley soon became renowned as both a scenic wonder and engineering marvel throughout the world. General Palmer's railroad hauled agricultural and mineral products east, while tourists traveled west to the new tourist destinations of Wagon Wheel Gap and Veta Pass.
By the mid-1890's the narrow gauge railroad could no longer handle the traffic. A new standard gauge line to Alamosa was needed and built over La Veta Pass with completion in November 1899. Because of its remoteness, operations over La Veta Pass have not been well documented by photographers and historians over the years. Passenger service operated at night, and there were relatively few freights along this route.
With carefully researched text, nearly 400 photographs (most never before published), maps, track diagrams, documents, and timetables, The Rio Grande's La Veta Pass Route chronicles the little-known history of the D&RGW's route from Pueblo to Creede. Come aboard for a nostalgic trip along one of Colorado's most scenic, yet remote, rail operations.
1. The General's Plan, pg. 1-12;
2. Westward to Alamosa, pg. 13-32;
3. The Inevitable Change, pg. 33-54;
4. The Riches of the San Luis Valley, pg. 55-96;
5. Varnish and Pullmans, pg. 97-138;
6. Sluggin' It Out on La Veta Pass, pg. 139-183;
7. Beyond the Spanish Peaks, pg. 184-230;
Maps, pg. 231-254;
Locomotives, pg. 253-276;
Ephemera, pg. 277-282;
Index, pg. 283-290.
Evergreen Press, hardcover with dust jacket, 290 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 1.5 in., b&w and Color photographs, maps and diagrams.