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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

All Four videos Now Uploaded!

After months of stalling, I've finally been able to produce all four Colorado Tourist Railroad videos from my trip last Summer.  Below are the videos and a quick summary of the routes:

1. Pikes Peak Cog Railroad

Pike's Peak is one of the tallest mountains in the region, and also has a tourist line which goes straight to the top.  The Video says it all, but the site has historical information:  cograilway.com.

2. The Royal Gorge Route

The Royal Gorge is a great excursion, which winds through the Royal Gorge, a steep canyon created by the Arkansas River.  The train heads west from Canon City, and heads up the canyon all the way to the top.  There, a passing siding provides a place to stop and let Union Pacific Trains pass before returning down the canyon in reverse.  The Gorge's Site is here: royalgorgeroute.com.

3. The Leadville Colorado and Southern

On top of the Rockies, there also runs a railway that began operating on Memorial Day, 1988.  This is the Leadville Colorado and Southern (LC&S).  The route starts from Leadville, Colorado; ad heads northeast to Climax.  Scenes include the Great Dividing Range, Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, and Mount Zion.  Also there are spectacular views of the upper Arkansas Valley. Here is the website: leadville-train.com

4.  Georgetown Loop Railroad

The Georgetown Loop Railroad is a great excursion for those seeking a quick afternoon ride, or an extensive tour.  The Route runs from Georgetown up the canyon to Silver Plume.  In between is a stop at Lebanon Mine, which is open for tours.  Also seen is an 87 ton ALCO switcher, a 45 tonner by GE, and West Side Lumber Company's Shay #9.  All three are of the (now rare) 3ft gauge instead of standard gauge.


So there you have it, four spectacular Colorado railways still in operation.  I hope that next time I can get pictures of other great railways: Cripple Creek, Durango and Silverton, Cubers and Toltec, Denver Trolley, and many others!

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