San Luis Valley
My interest in American railroads started 1996 when a friend convinced me that American railroads where more interesting than Swedish. It didn't take long time before my interest focused around the Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad. I read some articles about D&RGW in Trains and become fascinated about the nature in Colorado.

I made up my mind when I read the article "Hard road to Alamosa" written by Steve Rasmussen about the traffic in the San Luis Valley. Alamosa and the traffic in the Valley is going to be the part of D&RGW I'm going to model. Alamosa was until the end of the 60s a busy railroad center with both narrow and standard gauge. Steam locomotives from the beginning of the century and modern diesels shared the same tracks. I have visited the valley together with a friend from Sweden in March 1998 and March 1999. Its still a nice place to spend time railfanning. They still uses cabooses both on the train from Pueblo to Alamosa and on the the two locals in the valley. You can read more about the valley in the travel report from our visit in 1999.

Use the map below to investigate the the valley, click on any location written with large font.

When I'm done with the maps I will continue to study the traffic in the Valley. Who were the shippers and consignees? The third step will be the model railroad. Since I live in Sweden will I use Internet to get in contact with people who can help me with the information I need to fulfill my task.
Please send me a mail if you see anything that is not correct or if you have more information which could help me.
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  Updated 2000-12-02

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