Moffat Tunnel

The Moffat Tunnel is a railroad and water tunnel that cuts through the Continental Divide in north-central Colorado. Named after Colorado railroad pioneer David Moffat, the tunnel's first railroad traffic passed through in February 1928.

Fifty miles (80 km) west of Denver, Colorado is the East Portal in the Front Range, about 10 miles (16 km) west of the town of Rollinsville, Colorado at 39°54′08″N 105°38′46″W / 39.90235°N 105.6461°W / 39.90235; -105.6461Coordinates: 39°54′08″N 105°38′46″W / 39.90235°N 105.6461°W / 39.90235; -105.6461. The West Portal is near the Winter Park Resort ski area at 39°53′15″N 105°45′41″W / 39.887434°N 105.761347°W / 39.887434; -105.761347. The railroad tunnel is 24 feet (7.3 m) high, 18 feet (5.5 m) wide, and 6.2 miles (10.0 km) long. The apex of the tunnel is at 9,239 feet (2,816 m) above sea level. The Moffat Tunnel finally provided Denver with a western link through the continental divide, as both Cheyenne, Wyoming to the north and Pueblo, Colorado to the south already enjoyed rail access to the West Coast. It follows the right-of-way laid out by Moffat in 1902 while he was seeking a better and shorter route from Denver to Salt Lake City. The water tunnel and the railroad tunnel parallel each other; the water tunnel delivers a portion of Denver's water supply.

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... was built from Pueblo, to Grand Junction, and jointly with the Colorado Midland Railway, a tunnel was constructed about 200 ft (60 m) below the summit ... In 1945, the old Tennessee Pass Tunnel was replaced by a newer tunnel ... Once the Moffat Tunnel and Dotsero Cutoff were constructed the Tennessee Pass subdivision became a secondary route ...
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... In the early 20th century, David Moffat, a Denver banker, established the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway with the intention of building a railroad over the Front Range in the vicinity of the pass ... The line was known as the Moffat Road, ran 23 miles over the pass, with a 4% grade along many stretches, and was one of the highest adhesion (non-cog) railroads ever ... Along this route is the closed Needles Eye Tunnel (not to be confused with lower and longer Moffat Tunnel constructed some 30 years later) ...
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... The Moffat Tunnel was cut under a shoulder of James Peak ... A pioneer tunnel was bored parallel with the main tunnel to facilitate the work and was eight feet high and eight feet wide ... In 1925 bad rock at the west end of the tunnel delayed construction and costs soared ...

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