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Re: The New Highway over Cumbres Pass: 1968 - '72 . . .

September 17, 2020 12:11PM avatar
Olaf Rasmussen Wrote:
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> . . .   I would gladly have the old dirt road back
> and not have all the impact on the narrow gauge.
> Then maybe we wouldn't have all that clutter of
> houses and junk at Los Pinos.  But the most re-
> grettable choice for locating the new road was
> undercutting the railroad at Windy Point . . .


AMEN, Olaf -

I would MUCH prefer that the route of the new highway would have stayed fairly close to the old road, around back north of the wye and under the bridge, then a long loop out and around that little lake (and campground?) that I vaguely remember off to the south, and not disfiguring the face of the mountain with a huge gash.  Of course that would have meant replacing the old bridge with a longer and probably much more expensive structure – which probably would not have been done with abandonment pending – and with a new highway blocking the line just west of the summit the likelihood of the two states purchasing the railroad would have been much less.

- El Abuelo Histœrico, Greengo y Curmudgeoño de los Locomoturas Viejos y Verdes,
aka Der Grossväterlich DünkelOlivGrünDampfKesselMantelLiebHabender


p.s.  I vaguely remember reading several years ago that it was John Norwood who recommended the revised route, as it would keep the highway out of the shadows farther south of the summit, making snow removal in the winter much easier.  Of course he assumed that the railroad would be long gone by the time the road was paved, and no-one would care about the ugly scar below Windy Point.



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