The Rock & Rail Rail Road, a Railroad Which Lives Up to Its Name

by Ken Humphreys

The Rock & Rail Rail Road (Yes, it is "Rail Road" and the AAR reporting mark is RRRR) operates in the Royal Gorge of Colorado along with the the Caņon City and Royal Gorge Railroad . The Rock & Rail was begun in 1998 and was originally formed to transport rock from a quarry site in Missouri to the UPRR. It held a right-a-way for years until the Tennessee Pass Line was abandoned by the UPRR. The line through the Royal Gorge was subsequently acquired and the RRRR became the common carrier freight line through the Royal Gorge. As the photos below show, the Rock & Rail clearly lives up to its name.

Click on each image below to see its full sized version. Hit your back button to return and view the next photo. All images are copyrighted by Ken Humphreys, September 9, 2000.

Rock & Rail locomotives #401 & #210 leaving the mainline just west of the Royal Gorge
Rock & Rail locomotives just west of the Royal Gorge
Rock & Rail locomotive #301
The Rock & Rail living up to its name
Another load of rock
An empty rock car
End platform and brake rigging on a rock car
Rock & Rail Yard Limit sign where the RRRR tracks enter the Royal Gorge mainline

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