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Welcome to the El Lobo Division

The El Lobo Division is the southern division of the P&DR.  (My father models the northern division)

The Purgatory & Devil River Railroad was founded by Otto Mears as a sister railroad to the Rio Grande Southern.  Built side by side during the 1890's both railroads ran southward down either side of the San Juan Mountains.  (For more history on the railroad please click here)  As trains traveling south bound are about to leave the Purgatory Division you come to a town called Mears.  Mears is the location that the railroad considers to be the Division Point.  While Mears is not modeled on either layout it is used as the name of a staging yard on each layout.  From Mears trains travel south bound to the town of El Lobo.  The town is named after a nearby mountain peak.  From El Lobo the trains will climb up to Freeman's Gap.  Many pipe trains travel to Freeman's Gap and many tank cars of oil leave.  From there the trains travel to Black Rock and on to Blanchard Springs.  Blanchard Springs is the southern end of the railroad.  If a larger train room is acquired in the future then there will be a piece added called the Sand City Extension...which for now will be part of the staging on the south end...along with the D&RGW interchange.

From Blanchard Springs the High Line starts.  Known as the Bitter Creek Branch, it travels back north to Lock Ridge and on to Bitter Creek.  There is also a branch over to the mines at Cold Springs.  At Bitter Creek the Bitter Creek Lumber Company leaves off further north.  The Bitter Creek Lumber Company is a standard gauge lumber railroad.  It also provides a link to the outside world for interchange traffic.

So I hope you enjoy the HOn3 El Lobo Division as we create our version of Colorado's railroad history...

El Lobo Division Blog...

Pictures of the El Lobo Division

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Rider Gondola # 6240

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