Moffat Tunnel


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Moffat Tunnel

(mŏf`ət), railroad tube, 24 ft (7.3 m) high, 18 ft (5.5 m) wide, and 6.4 mi (10.3 km) long, N central Colo., in the Continental Divide, NW of Denver. One of the country's longest railroad tunnels, it was built between 1922 and 1928. At an elevation of 9,094 ft (2,772 m), it pierces James Peak. An adjacent bore carries water to Denver.
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We paused in a siding amid the pines to let a freight train go rattling by before entering the six-mile Moffat Tunnel and then hurtling out into the blinding light of an alpine scene.
At 9,200 feet, we entered the 6.2-mile Moffat Tunnel, which penetrates the Continental Divide in northern Colorado and takes 15 minutes to pass through.
The first solid, square-cornered tunnel liner plates were designed and patented by Commercial in 1926 for use in the pioneer bore of the Moffat Tunnel in Colorado.