Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Here it is! The very top of Tennessee Pass and, at the time of the idling of Tennessee Pass, the highest Class 1 rail line in the United States at 10,221 feet above sea level. The tunnel is about a half mile long and looks - from this shot - to be clear of any major obstructions.
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Posted By Webmaster On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 At 9:02:24 PM (PT)

Thanks for the comment George!  
 
Robert, yes, there were indeed curtains at both portals. Their primary function was to protect the tunnel from the elements. Both curtains were typically left open in the summer, but the west portal curtain was usually closed through the winter (except when trains were present, of course).  
 
Kevin


Posted By Robert W Gift On Tuesday, September 27, 2011 At 7:52:19 PM (PT)

Why the roller door? Both ends?  
Interesting.


Posted By George Sellnau - Houston, TX On Monday, September 26, 2011 At 5:00:35 PM (PT)

Kevin:  
 
What a wonderful group of historic photos. I can just imagine the steam and early diesels running through the tunnels. Appears the tunnels had a roller type gate at each end.  
 
Keep up the good work. I appreciate your efforts and know of your fun taking these various photo trips. I'll bet your daughters have fun also.  
 
George

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Location Information
City or County and State
Leadville, CO

Subdivision
Tennessee Pass (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
MP 281.5 (Tennessee Pass Tunnel)




Train Information
Railroad
Union Pacific, Rio Grande
Model
None
Unit Number
None



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
ISO
200
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
135 mm
Shutter
1/60 seconds
Aperture
f/7.1


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