The Purgatory & Devil River Railroad is a freelance HOn3
model railroad. The line consists of two layouts. I have the
northern division (The Purgatory Division) while my son models the southern
division (The El Lobo Division).
This page will follow the progress of the Purgatory Division and give you some
insight into our version of Colorado.
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
more history on the railroad please click here) After leaving Ridgway
trains would head north and east over the mountains into Purgatory. From
there they would turn south and go through Black Horn, Aspen Flats, Orsen Wells,
Halltown, and Smokey Ridge on the way to the Division Point at Mears.
In these pages you will find not only photos that show the
progress of the pikes construction but many other things as well.
So please sit back and enjoy the HOn3 Purgatory Division as we
create our version of Colorado's railroad history...Paul Richardson
Pictures of the Purgatory
Pictures of Cars for the Purgatory
the Division Superintendent