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Engraving, "The Great Loop on the Denver & Rio Grande"

November 19, 2019 06:59PM avatar
I recently encountered the engraving below, titled "The Great Loop on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad", which appeared in Harper's Weekly magazine in 1888. It's apparently based on an original drawing from 1887 by Charles Graham.

Is this an image that people have seen before? I don't recall seeing it in any histories of the Colorado narrow gauge, which is curious given its obvious interest and the prominence of the publication (the leading national magazine of its era).

My first thought was that it must have been intended as a depiction of the Cumbres Loop (a.k.a. Tanglefoot Curve), or perhaps Mule Shoe Curve, but upon further inspection I'm now convinced it's actually Whiplash looking east toward Antonito. If you look closely it even shows the Big Horn section house inside the lower loop.

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-Philip Marshall
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philip.marshall November 19, 2019 06:59PM

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Chris Walker November 19, 2019 11:08PM

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tgbcvr November 20, 2019 02:55AM

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Rader Sidetrack November 20, 2019 04:17AM

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Brian Norden November 20, 2019 09:38AM

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Chris Walker November 21, 2019 02:16PM

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philip.marshall November 21, 2019 03:14PM

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