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Alpine & Boreas Passes - Stone Engine House Question

December 02, 2019 09:20AM avatar
I’ve always wondered why the South Park built such substantial stone engine houses at the TOP of their two major passes. They were beautiful structures. Maybe it was the lack of experience with mountain operations in the early construction days, but it would seem more intuitive that engine facilities would be located somewhere at the BOTTOM of the passes. - eg roundhouses at Cimarron for Cerro, Sargents for Marshall, Chama for Cumbres (altho a Division point too), etc.

Now I gather Boreas and Alpine engine houses had enclosed turntables inside, but turning locos could have been easily accommodated with a wye, or with a simpler wood covered turntable like at Corkscrew Gulch.

So was there really loco maintenance planned at Boreas and Alpine that would warrant the stone structures? Or was it just over-building through not knowing the operating situation in the mountains during the early days.

Thnx,
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