Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rio Grande gondola #1217

Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado

This narrow gauge high side gondola was built in 1902 by American Car and Foundry. While most American railroads were built to standard gauge, Colorado was served by an extensive network of narrow gauge railways. The Denver and Rio Grande opened in 1871 and was one of the first narrow gauge lines in the United States. Narrow gauge tracks are less expensive to construct, particularly in difficult, mountainous terrain, which probably explains the proliferation of narrow gauge railroads in the Rocky Mountains.


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