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Dallas Divide - mile post 13.3 - Elev. 8,989
Contributed by Mark L. Evans

Dallas Divide is located in one of the most picturesque areas along the old right of way of the Rio Grande Southern. The beautiful stands of aspen with the rugged peaks of the Uncompahgre range in the distance present quiet a view. The few times I have driven from Ridgway to Placerville have left me with one thought. If I ever win the lottery I'll try to buy a piece of land along this road!

The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way (88K) The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way

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Dallas Divide was only a flag stop on the old Rio Grande Southern Railroad. The railroad called the station "Peake."The name came from a dispatcher, F. W. Peake, who worked for them. The railroad men of the old Rio Grande Southern never liked the name and always called it Dallas Divide. After 1927 the railroad began referring to the station as "PEAK," but that also failed to impress the employees.

The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way (88K) The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way

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The facilities at Dallas Divide consisted of a small section house, bunk house, coal- shed, section car shed, and repair shed. There were two sidings at Dallas Divide with a capacity of 52 cars. A wye was located at Dallas Divide to turn helper locomotives that had helped pull the trains up the steep grade from Ridgway. The grade from Hagens to the summit at Dallas Divide was the steepest along the entire Rio Grande Southern. The 4 percent grade required that no more than 13 cars be pulled at a time. Trains longer than thirteen cars required a helper locomotive.

The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way (88K) The stock pens at Dallas Divide along the old Rio Grande Southern right of way

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The stock pens pictures on this page were located on the siding on the north side of the mainline and the south side of Colorado highway 62.

The rugged peaks of the Uncompahgre range in the distance (88K) The rugged peaks of the Uncompahgre range in the distance

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