A pair of (very old) D&RGW hoppers were, at some point, setup as a loading platform at Malta. The hoppers were laying on the ground and were filled with dirt. To the left of the hoppers is a man-made ramp, constructed out of dirt and rocks. It appears as though trucks and tractors could drive up on the platform and dump their load into gondolas parked on the track. This operation continued for a short time after Tennessee Pass was officially closed. UP's Malta Local ran from Pueblo to Malta until March of 1999. The last local, picking up the final few cars, departed for Pueblo on March 9, 1999.
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