Scenic Line of the World By Chappell Black Canon Revisited by Hauck W/ DUST JACK

Scenic Line of the World By Chappell Black Canon Revisited by Hauck W/ DUST JACK

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Scenic Line of the World By Chappell Black Canon Revisited by Hauck W/ DUST JACK
Scenic Line of the World By Chappell Black Canon Revisited by Hauck The story of Americas only Narrow Gauge Transcontinental Originally published in Colorado Rail Annual 1970   with Dust Jacket     132 Pages.  Indexed.  

The beginning of the 1880's marked a period of explosive railroad expansion in the United States - and the completion of new transcontinental rail routes to compete with the Union Pacific-Central Pacific "Overland Route". First of these was the Santa Fe-Southern Pacific route through El Paso in March, 1881, closely followed by the alternate Texas & Pacific-Southern Pacific line through Texas in November of that year. The Santa Fe's Atlantic & Pacific extension to California and the Northern Pacific transcontinental would not be completed until August, 1883 - months after completion of the most unusual, spectacular and improbable of all the transcontinental links: the Denver & Rio Grande narrow gauge across the Rockies.
Gordon Chappell has researched and written the full story, for the first time, of the building and operation of this historic railroad venture. Local sources of information and data across Colorado and Utah have been carefully scoured; historical repositories across the Country have been tapped. The results are here for you to read, to feel and understand the coming and the functioning of this unique line among trans-continentals - a line that chose to plunge straight through the Rockies, surmounting 10,000-foot passes with "toy trains".
That the narrow gauge transcontinental's life-span was short - less than a decade - is not surprising; it was supplanted in 1890 by an entirely reconstructed standard gauge line. But the heart of the original narrow gauge - the spectacular line through the Black Canon of the Gunnison - was bypassed and continued to serve western Colorado for another sixty years. To complete our account, Cornelius Hauck has written a concise survey history of this quaint and scenic operation. Both articles are illustrated with an extensive array of photographs (many rare), maps and schedules.

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