|Originally, Moffat had planned to build a tunnel through the worst part of the pass but his original plans failed. |
Instead, the Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railway tracks climbed Rollins Pass with a series of switch back
loops requiring steep grades and experiencing severe snow conditions. The line over the pass was 23 miles long,
with a 4% grade along many stretches and was the highest railroad ever constructed in North America. A small
rail stop called Corona was established at the top of the pass, with a restaurant and lodging, which allowed
workers to help keep the rail line free of snow in the winter. Trains were often stranded for several days
during heavy winter snows. Removing snow from the original line went on to make it unprofitable to operate.
Unfortunately, David Moffat was unable to see his dreams fulfilled, he died in New York City on March 18, 1911
trying to raise money for his railroad. In February of 1928 the Moffat Tunnel was completed and operational,
bypassing Rollins Pass, the same pass that cost David Moffat his railroad.