Tennessee Pass, Lake and Eagle Counties, Colorado
10,200 foot Tennessee Pass was the highest mainline rail route in North America. It's recently been de-activated by Union Pacific after the merger. These pictures show the awesome beauty of the area. The ski areas of Vail, Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain are close by, as is the huge mining operation at Climax.

The line hosted passenger trains such as "The Exposition Flyer" and "Scenic Limited". The last regularly scheduled passenger train to operate through the Royal Gorge and over Tennessee Pass was the namesake, "The Royal Gorge". As I recall, it made it's final run in 1967.

This is a view of a loaded SP Coal train in the scenic ruggedness of Eagle River Canyon.

This route is the reason why the line was called 'The Scenic Line of the World'. The scenery is high mountain beauty.
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