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#1) Rio Grande Southern Railroad track removal near Burns Canyon
(above Dolores, Colo.
Notes:Near Mile Post 63. A crew apparently is working on removing the first section of track at the lowest washout of track above Dolores when the Rio Grande Southern was being abandoned and scrapped.
# 2) Rio Grande Southern Railroad tracks covered by snow near Burns Canyon Date/circa: 1950/1951Photographer:Chione, Alfred G. (Morton, Ill.)Subjects:Rio Grande Southern Railroad
Burns Canyon (Colo.)Notes: Near Mile Post 63. Probably south/lower end of Burns Canyon, near Rico. "That slide was notorious for closing the railroad there. Since it was not plowed, I'd figure it was in 1950 or 1951 since by this time they [had] lost the ability to fight the deep snows." [Source of quote: Robert Herrone, email 3/27/07.]
#3) "Appears to be Burns Canyon near Coke Ovens above Rico." [Source of quote: Robert Herrone, email 3/27/07.] A man is standing at the end of the visible track.