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by Edward Taylor Bollinger

Free eBook Moffat Road download ISBN: 0821406655
Author: Edward Taylor Bollinger
Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr; 2 edition (May 1, 1981)
Language: English
Pages: 357
Category: Other
Size MP3: 1468 mb
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Rating: 4.7
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Edward Taylor Bollinger (Author). I have read this book cover to cover on the great mountain railroad that challenged the rockies before the Moffat Tunnel was constructed.

Edward Taylor Bollinger (Author). ISBN-13: 978-0918654298. This was an audacious standard gauge railroad pulling 4% grades going over Rollins Pass into Winter Park. Great pictures, historically accurate, and great reading.

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Edward Taylor Bollinger. This is primarily the story of David Moffat and a railroad, but it is also the story of some very stubborn mountains and some very rugged men. "Stubborn mountains and rugged me. That made me smile. Rugged mountains and stubborn men would be the more usual wording, but I get the impression that Bollinger wasn't a 'usual ma. He actually worked as a Gandy Dancer for the D&SL RR, and he was a preacher who settled in Fraser, Colorado. While reading, I had the strong sense that writing this book must have been a labor of love.

A narrative history of the Moffat Road - the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad, signed by the author. Rails That Climb : The Moffat Road.

A good history of western transportation

by Rydal Press, Santa Fe" is grossly erroneous. A good history of western transportation. Annotation c. by Book News, In. Portland, Or. Specifications. Colorado Railroad Museum.

com: The Moffat Road: VG+ in VG+ DJ. 359 pages, quarto. Very light rubbing to the edges and corners. Jacket in protective mylar. Jacket is slightly chipped at head and heel. There is light creasing along edges. A great book, with four hundered thirty illustrations, about America's most colorful railroad.

Eisenhower Tunnel, equivalent tunnel for road traffic, built 50 years later. University of Nebraska Press. Bollinger, Edward Taylor (1994). Cascade Tunnel, a similar and longer railroad tunnel in Washington (state). Boulder, CO: Johnson Publishing Company.

Authoritative history of The Moffat Road, from the origins of David Moffat's dream to build the railroad and make Denver into a major Western city through to the railroad's completion after his death and down through its active use during World War II. Illustrated throughout with over 400 black and white photos. With oversize foldout map of the Denver & Salt Lake Railway which includes a table of facilities with mileage. Includes 20 Appendices and a bibliography. 359 pages. This book won an Award of Merit from the National Association of State and Local History.
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I fell in love with the drive over the top from Rollinsville to Corona Pass and beyond in the summer of 1963. I drove over it many times until the collapse of the Needle's Eye made it impassable to ordinary vehicles. I bought an early copy of "The Moffat Road"," which I loaned to a friend many years ago and never reclaimed. I have recently purchased three used copies of the book via Amazon to pass on to friends and I have been pleased with all three. One is in excellent condition while the other two have been fair, but reasonable given the cost. The book provides an interesting history of the Moffat Tunnel and the struggles of the men who made it possible. It reminds me of what I enjoyed about those drives many years ago.
I was very happy to find this book on Amazon, The Moffat Road because I had read it at my son's house. I was absolutely fascinated by the history of what became the D&RG and how, despite the efforts of the eastern "robber barons," it was able to finally be built. It tells of the trials and tribulations Moffat had in constructing his road across the Rockies, and how he built the many tunnels that were later replaced by the 8 mile long Moffat Tunnel. My son has also taken me "four-wheeling" along the old abandoned right-of-way to show me just how hazardous the construction must have been. Unfortunately, the tunnel we would have had to go through has been closed by a group of people who feel that they know what's best for everyone else.
The book then goes on to illustrate the dangers encountered during the construction of the long Moffat Tunnel, which I have seen the East Portal of, as well as parts of the old, abandoned right-of-way. Between reading this very fascinating book and having seen the actual locations and remains, I feel I have gained a deep knowledge of a colorful part of Colorado history. Do I recommend this book? You can bet you last pair of socks I do, and five stars worth, too.
I really enjoyed this book. Having driven the Moffat (or Rollins Pass) Road from the East Portal of the Moffat Tunnel to within a couple hundred yards of Tunnel 32 above Yankee Doodle Lake (which has been caved in for decades) I especially enjoyed the story of building the railway and keeping it open in winter.
My only disappointment is that my copy has the ink laid on a bit heavily for the half-tones so the pictures are a little difficult to see detail without a magnifying glass. Just the vagaries of the offset printing process. My copy is the 1967 Second Edition with extra maps and pictures. Well worth the price.

If you like stories of mountain railroading and tunnel boring, this is a good one.
This is one of two classic books that have been written about the Moffat Road, a failed effort to build a direct rail connection from Denver to the west coast through the Salt Lake gateway, in the early days of the last century. "Rails That Climb" deals with both the railroad and the life and times of David Moffat, the heroic figure who saw that for Denver to develop its potential as a city, it would have to be on a transcontinental rail route. Though Moffat never achieved that in his lifetime, by throwing a standard gauge route west from Denver up through the front range of the Rockies, he acieved something previously thought virtually impossible and laid the foundation for what would eventually become a more direct Salt Lake City connection than the extra 200 miles consumed by the tortuous D&RGW route south through Pueblo and then back north and west over Tennesee Pass.

But that was all in the future the day in the early 1900s when Moffat...in his mid-sixties and already a banking, mining, and railroad millionaire...told his grandaughter, Buffy, of his inteniton to "build a railroad over those mountains." Buffy, thinking it a game, asked Moffat why he didn't "just fly over them as birds do?"

Moffat is said to have answered, "Some day men will, but that won't be in my lifetime."

From there, the determined magnate spent his fortune and the remainder of his life on his vision, before dying a decade later a physically and financially broken man. His original plan called for a tunnel under the main range of the rockies at an altitude of some 10,000 feet. Unable to secure the financing for such an undertaking, Moffat and his engineer instead threw a 26 mile "temporary" line up an unheard of 4% grade over Rollins Pass...at the time the highest standard gauge railroad in the world. Beginning life as the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific, after Moffat's death it became the Denver & Salt Lake, which it remained until being absorbed by the D&RGW in 1947.

The heroic struggle to build and keep that "Hill Route" in operation through the Rocky Mountain winters, until the Moffat Tunnel was completed in 1927, is both an amazing and compelling story. One that has been told and re-told but probably never quite so well as in this volume.
The book is great. Tells the wondrous story about a man and his railroad, and the amazing adventures involved with building a tunnel through the Rocky Mountains in the 1920s. It reads like some Homer epic. One wishes for a happy ending, but this is no comedy. The hero dies alone and broke, leaving behind a spectacular wealth generator, but not for him. It is a very interesting read, and the story is told by those who lived and died in the epic. One also understands why others, say the Union Pacific crowd, elected to avoid Denver. The story also tells about engineering adventure, getting into impossible situations, and then inventing entirely new concepts to get the job done. As they say, if it were easy, somebody else would have done it already. And and the "Front Range" challenge, of course, today it would be easy because tunnel boring is rather routine. But not in 1920. And what a struggle it was.