Working on the Railroad

Courtesy Library of Congress

Were they employees of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad? The six men in the photo, including the four on the handcart and two with steel bars on the side of the tracks, paused their work for a seventh colleague during an apparent survey of the condition of the track through the Dallas Divide of the Sneffles Range in the San Juan Mountains between Ridgway and Telluride, Colorado. The narrow-gauge railway debuted in 1891 and was shuttered in 1951.

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