It wasn’t until my daughter came along that I ever made a connection between the name Thomas and railroad trains. First came books. Then shows. Then toys. Unconditional love? She’s got it in spades, for Thomas the Tank Engine. So for her third birthday when I tried to think of an experience that would be really meaningful for her, it struck me that riding a real train could be pretty profound.
Operated for passengers and freight from 1899 to 1938, the Georgetown Loop Railroad runs along a spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad that was considered an engineering marvel for its time. The track scales from Georgetown to Silver Plume (both once-thriving mountain towns), snaking along a narrow mountain canyon, including horseshoe curves, steep grades, and four bridges that cross Clear Creek. While the trip is less than an hour in total, it made for a perfect introduction into the real thing.
Gazing over the rails at the snow dusted tracks and pine trees.
The tracks “scale an elevation of 640 feet over mountainous terrain, requiring trestles, cuts, fills, loops, and curves totaling 3.1 miles of narrow gauge track.”
Filling up with water in Silver Plume.
Perfect blue skies.
Returning over Devil’s Gate High Bridge.
The track offers beautiful views of Clear Creek with four bridge crossings.
- Winter coats
- Winter hat
- Camera bag
- Wish we had: something to sit on that would keep our bums dry!
- Devil’s Gate Station, Georgetown (Google Map)
- Pick a date
- Book tickets
- Check the weather
- Ride the train!