In 1904, David Moffat started building the “Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad” – the highest standard gauge railroad ever built in the United States. The railroad went from Utah Junction (Denver) over Rollins Pass, through the Grand Valley and terminated in Craig, CO.
Moffat Road Railroad Museum
Moffat originally planned the railroad to go all the way to Salt Lake City, but when he died and the financing evaporated, the line ended up terminating at Craig.
The "Moffat Road" was intended to put Denver on a transcontinental railroad, but that didn't happen until 1928 when the Moffat Tunnel (6.2 miles long - the third longest in the country) was finished. That was 17 years after David Moffat had died.
Visit the Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby, Colorado to learn more about David Moffat, Moffat Road Railroad, the Moffat Tunnel and all of the effects of the Moffat Road Railroad in Grand County, Colorado. The museum currently has nine pieces of railroad equipment located at the Railroad Interpretive Center, including a 1913 steam derrick, 1905 passenger car being restored, a gang car, a fully-restored and curated 1923 all wood, red UP caboose, two other cabooses from the 1900's, and a 1922 Shay steam locomotive with a working bell and whistle. Additionally, they have two model train layouts, one being Colorado's largest permanent O scale Christmas layout and the other a HO scale Moffat Railroad representation. There is also a Visitor Center and Gift Shop on-site.