Monday, October 15, 2018

Train Alert - Photos from Devils Gate

My daughter and son in law live in Colorado so every so often there is a visit.  And a ride on the Georgetown Loop.
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






5 comments:

  1. The steam locomotives are Shay types, fairly rare.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shay_locomotive

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  2. Reminds me a little of Horse shoe Curve in PA. Takes me back to a less complicated time, though life was just as brutal for the common person.

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  3. Wow! Lucky you got to for a ride on that beauty!

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  4. Even more scenic than the Georgetown Loop is the Durango and Silverton. The Trains pull right into the center of town in Silverton, with the rails set into the dirt roads. You can get all up close and personal like with the machines, and walk around a nice historic town while you're there.

    Thanks for taking the time to visit our quirky State.

    Gromit

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