Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and twenty-three of that project.

This quilt block shows a stately train tunnel entrance. On each side is a column and at the top of each column a year is etched (drawn) onto the stone: 1923 and 1927. Coming out of the dark tunnel is an orange locomative engine. You can see it from the front, and it's bright headlight is a large clear button with no visible holes. Above the train, on the stone arch are the words, "Moffat Tunnel."

Here is the West Portal of the Moffat Tunnel. It is located in Winter Park, Colorado.

This is a water and railroad tunnel that began construction in 1923 and was completed in 1927. Although it wasn’t until 1928 that the first train passed through it.

It is approximately 6.1 miles long and bores through the continental divide.

It is named after David Moffat, a railroad developer and entrepreneur. Unfortunately, it wasn’t finished before Moffat’s death but it was his vision as early as 1901 that made the project possible.

It is still a significant artery in moving freight and people. The California zephyr and the ski train both come through this tunnel.

A tremendous and expensive undertaking, it is a testament to what can be accomplished when men have a dream.