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Proposals could bring trains to Colorado's Tennessee Pass

Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 12:58:48-04

DENVER (AP) — The dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero has been without trains for 23 years, but that could change.

The Colorado Sun reports a fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail operation in southeastern Colorado are circling the tracks.

They hope to revive the state’s 208-mile transmountain railway.

If either gets their wish, trains carrying freight, crude oil and, possibly, passengers, could be rolling through the Royal Gorge, Salida, Browns Canyon, Buena Vista, Leadville, Minturn, Avon, Eagle and Gypsum.