San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad
Diesel engine SLRG #115 in Alamosa on October 22, 2012
|Dates of operation||2003–Present|
|Predecessor||Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||154 miles (248 kilometres)|
|Website||San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad|
The SLRG began operations in 2003 using 154 miles of former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad tracks on three lines radiating from Alamosa, Colorado. The SLRG operates an eclectic variety of equipment from the SD90MAC to 100-year-old steam locomotives. Steam engine #18 is sometimes found pulling freight, and also modern dome passenger cars on excursion trains.
- Alamosa east to Walsenburg, Colorado (over La Veta Pass) where it interchanges with the Union Pacific Railroad
- Alamosa south to Antonito, Colorado where it meets the narrow gauge Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
- Alamosa west to South Fork, Colorado
The railroad interchanges with the San Luis Central Railroad at Sugar Junction in Monte Vista, Colorado.
The railroad was established by RailAmerica following the divestiture of the tracks by the Union Pacific (after acquisition of the D&RGW through merger with the Southern Pacific). Holding company Permian Basin Railways purchased the railroad from RailAmerica in 2005.
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