Reyal Gorge is the pass in the Colorado Rockies that William Jackson Palmer wanted for his Denver & Rio Grande railroad. Palmer was a locomotive lover from an early age, an engineer by profession, a in this account. The Sante Fe line also wanted the gorge but there was room for only one set of tracks. Palmer started laying his rails before the Court ruled both had the right to build. Palmer's stockholders leased his baby to the Sante Fe; he went East to raise financial support. Whether overcoming Apaches trying to lasso the iron horse or bucking a rival railroader, he was a relentless worker who found time to marry and have a few children but not much else. Americana on the sidings, not too fictionalized (but the American meal plan -- two menus a day) and not a battle royal.