Photo By: Kevin Morgan

This picture was taken along County Road 371 west (geographically north) of Buena Vista. These tunnels were not created for the road. This is actually part of the original grade of the Colorado Midland Railway. The "Midland" started in Colorado Springs and departed west, climbing over Hayden Divide and Trout Creek Pass before arriving in Buena Vista alongside the Rio Grande. At Crystal Lake, the Midland turned west and went over the Continental Divide at Hagerman Pass. The three passes and the steep grades (in excess of 4% in places) ultimately led to the downfall of the Midland. It was abandoned in 1918 and the tracks were ripped out in 1920.
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Posted By Warren Caudle On Saturday, April 22, 2017 At 5:51:24 PM (PT)

This is a great shot. Love the history of the railroads.

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Location Information
City or County and State
Buena Vista, CO

Subdivision
Yard Shots

Milepost or Control Point
West of Buena Vista




Train Information
Railroad
CMR
Model
None
Unit Number
None



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 7D
ISO
400
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
250 mm
Shutter
1/200 seconds
Aperture
f/5.6


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