A new year brings new projects to the LT&N including Leighton’s amazing engine service facility currently under construction. In another post more will be shared about his progress.

Concept drawing illustrates the engine service facility

Meanwhile along the LT&N in mid winter The Yampa Valley Mail, trains 9 and 10, connecting Denver with Steamboat Springs and Craig, Colorado was a favorite with the locals and often fondly thought of by Rio Grande fans rolls down the Branch on its way back to the Moffat Road.

The train was not on the 1934 D&RGW timetable because it was then run by the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad, which wasn’t merged into the D&RGW until 1947. The above modek shows an Alco PA, which the Rio Grande had purchased to pull the California Zephyr, pulling a train consisting of two cars from the original Ill fated C&O “Chessie” . Later in the 1960s, the heavyweights were always replaced by the streamlined cars including a Budd dome car from the Royal Gorge after that train was cut back to Denver-Salida in 1964. Once in awhile the Yampa Mail venture down the Branch Line to excite the LT&N’s viewers.