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Cimarron in Montrose County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Working on the Railroad

 
 
Working on the Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
1. Working on the Railroad Marker
Inscription.  

Like a snarling dragon, the river kept an endless attack on the rail bed in the canyon. Slumping soils on the hills near Cerro Summit pushed tracks toward nearby creeks. Keeping the tracks east and west from Cimarron in good working shape was a constant battle.

Denver & Rio Grande repair crews used "Maintenance of Way" cars like you see here as homes-away-from-home. Inside these converted boxcars you would find coal-burning stoves, closets, and sinks. Living conditions were primitive. A tank held fresh water. There were no built-in bathrooms aboard.

D&RG Car #04414 housed as many as 18 workers until a foreman took it over. He then made that car his office—and a home for his whole family while at the work site.

[Background photo caption reads]
Maintenance of Way cars parked on sidings. This kept the main line clear so that trains could keep rolling.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 38° 26.595′ 

Working on the Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
2. Working on the Railroad Marker
N, 107° 33.312′ W. Marker is in Cimarron, Colorado, in Montrose County. Marker is on Morrow Point Dam Road 0.1 miles north of U.S. 50, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in the railroad exhibit area adjacent to the Cimarron Visitor Center of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cimarron CO 81220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Narrow Path to Prosperity (here, next to this marker); Geography Sets the Stage (a few steps from this marker); From Mountain to Table (within shouting distance of this marker); All Aboard (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building a Dam (approx. 7.7 miles away); Light at the End of the Tunnel (approx. 7.7 miles away); Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (approx. 10.3 miles away); Pegmatite Dikes (approx. 10˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cimarron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Cimarron. (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Narrow Gauge Railroad. (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
D&RGW Maintenance of Way Crew Car image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
3. D&RGW Maintenance of Way Crew Car
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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