National and State Register

Denver & Salt Lake Railway Derrick No. 10300

Denver County

Originally operated as the centerpiece of work trains involved in cleaning up derailments and wrecks throughout the Denver & Salt Lake Railway’s system, the 1913 derrick played a key role in maintaining the Continental Divide crossing at Corona (Rollins) Pass.

A photo of the derrick with a line of track in the foreground and a couple cars on the side.

Denver & Salt Lake Railway Derrick No. 10300

In service for nearly 75 years, it survives as an important example of a special purpose car designed to meet the need for heavy lifting capability deliverable by rail. Examples of intact steam-powered derricks are extremely rare, and No. 10300’s significance is enhanced by its being in near "as-built" condition.