Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photos From Devils Gate

I seemed to have wandered out of state.

History*: The Georgetown Loop Railroad was one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. This spectacular stretch of narrow gauge railroad was completed in 1884 and considered an engineering marvel for its time. The thriving mining towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume lie 2 miles (3.2 km) apart in the steep, narrow canyon of Clear Creek in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. Engineers designed a corkscrew route that traveled nearly twice that distance to connect them, slowly gaining more than 600 feet (183 m) in elevation. The route included horseshoe curves, grades of up to 4%, and four bridges across Clear Creek, including the massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge.

The Georgetown, Breckenridge, and Leadville Railroad had been formed in 1881 under the Union Pacific Railroad.[3] The Loop portion of the line was the crowning segment of the line, crossing the top of the gorge on a 95-foot (29 m) high trestle.

Originally part of the larger line of the Colorado Central Railroad constructed in the 1870s and 1880s, in the wake of the Colorado Gold Rush, this line was also used extensively during the silver boom of the 1880s to haul silver ore from the mines at Silver Plume. In 1893, the Colorado and Southern Railway took over the line and operated it for passengers and freight until 1938. The line was later dismantled, but was restored in the 1980s to operate during summer months as a tourist railroad, carrying passengers using historic narrow-gauge steam locomotives.

In 1959, the centennial year of the discovery of gold in Georgetown, the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park was formed by the Colorado Historical Society. The Colorado Historical Society’s chairman negotiated a donation of mining claims and mills, and nearly 100 acres (40 ha) of land

*Info from Wilkipedia


  1. Fantastic! Great pictures! I hope you had fun. Great shot of the steam locomotive. We have similar switchback tracks here to get by Old Fort.

    I really liked the "garage" too.

    It looks like you had a helper diesel in the back, but that does not matter and the weather looked great!

  2. You need to come west a little ways and visit the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge; there's not even any roads to clutter up the view.

  3. You need to come west a little ways and visit the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge; there's not even any roads to clutter up the view.

  4. We loved this kind of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Yep... u have wondered a long piece away from the abode.
    Fun place to visit and hike. Spent many a winter hiking up above Silver Plume on the old mining trails. Up on the ridge is a great view of the canyon and RR. Got a couple of pics from up there that were used in some art shows and cover pics.
    The largest gold nugget ever found was found there at Georgetown, now in the Natural History Museum. Georgetown also has an interesting power plant there.
    There also was a great pub there for apres ski.
    Bunch of 14,000 foot peaks in the area also.
    The railroad is a great place to spend some time and have a great ride.
    After the feud, the RR had to find new equipment to operate and new operator.

    Did you get to any of the other sights in the area?

    Fun stuff.... thanks.

  6. hello, welcome to CO... if your interested in a shooting day, and have the time. Myself and kids (well behaved teenagers) are going tomorrow (19th). Send an email and we can give directions, and numbers to meet if you would like to have a range day!
    Have a great visit!

  7. That looks like an amazing route. That's another railroad on my "Ride Before I Die List". Thanks for posting this, Brigid.


  8. Wow! Some scenery. Great visit for you.

  9. I love old trains and scenic railroads. One day maybe I could take a trip on a few of them. of course I like any old machines, Thanks.

  10. Man, I wish I had taken my kids there when they were young enough to appreciate it.

  11. Thanks all. I'm visiting Brigid Jr, and have a full day planned already. She lives close to here, a yearly Fall trip for trains and family.

  12. *envious*

    I will get to that part of heaven, eventually.

  13. Neat :-) And sounds like a fun ride!

  14. One of my dream trips is to ride the motorcycle across all of the CO roads that cross the Great Divide and hit some more of the trains. Hell, I'd like to hit them all on one trip, even the ones I have ridden!

    Great pics!

  15. Went there a couple years back with the in-laws, truly a beautiful place. Those old steam engines really cry out for a roll (or two) of B&W film....too bad they don't make infrared film anymore.

  16. Kirk - as you requested. See today's post.


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