Photograph showing a Colorado and Southern narrow gauge train stopped in Platte Canyon. This railroad line through Platte Canyon was built by the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad (DSP&P). During the 1870s, the DSP&P and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG) were in a race to be the first railroad to reach Leadville. The DSP&P began the construction of their line through Platte Canyon in 1876, and by 1879 they had laid tracks across South Park and over Trout Creek Pass to the Arkansas River. However in 1879 the DSP&P was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad, and it was decided that the D&RG would be the one to build a line up the Arkansas River Valley to Leadville. According to the terms of a Joint Operating Agreement, the DSP&P was allowed to use the other railroad's tracks to Leadville, but they decided instead to build their own line to Leadville, which was completed in 1884. This line was known as the High Line, and it went from Como over Boreas Pass to Leadville.
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