by sharlan | Jun 1, 2018 | Uncategorized | 2 comments test post 2 Comments Steve Tohari on June 7, 2018 at 3:03 am This is the Georgetown Loop Railroad above Georgetown, Colorado. It runs on a narrow gauge track commonly used in winding and steep mountain terrain in the 19th century.The line connected the two mining camps of Georgetown and Silver Plume. As Georgetown sits at the end of a box canyon with a grade way too steep for a direct route to Silver Plume, a work around was to use a gradual winding loop route across the gentler slopes above Georgetown.So the engineering feat was called the “Georgetown Loop”.The trestle was made of iron instead of wood as wood would often catch fire from the cinders ejected from the locomotive’s smoke stack, with disastrous results.The train in the picture is crossing on the trestle at 5 M.P.H. – any faster and it could tip over on the narrow rails! Colorado has some of the most challenging mountain terrain in the world to build rail lines connecting dispersed mining camps and towns. The grades trestles and tunnels in Colorado were some of the most brilliant engineering feats of 19th century railroading. Railroad buffs from all over the world come to marvel at the operating lines and the remains of the closed ones. Reply Steve Tohari on June 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm The train is running all Summer daily – get off I-70 at the Georgetown exit, follow the signs, and hop on board for a 30 min. ride looping up the mountain forest into the old mining town of Silver Plume.After the ride, drive back to Georgetown and tour the historic Victorian buildings, shop, and dine! If you stay the night, drive up Guanella Pass for dramatic mountain scenery and hiking trails. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.