'I-told-you-so’ has been hovering between us ever since.
Jimmy wisely avoided the open coach section of Georgetown’s Loop Railroad.
The gold mines that had originally drawn prospectors west had been tapped. Many boom towns, including Georgetown, Colorado went bust. When word spread of massive silver discoveries in Leadville, 45 miles southwest of Georgetown, the race was on to breathe life into this once thriving community via rail transportation.
Two hairpin turns looping dramatically over itself above Clear Creek reduced the grade to 3 ½
I think it’s safe to say, should we decide on a trip on the Orient Express, murder will no longer be the first thing on my mind.
The Bottom Line on the Georgetown Loop Railroad:
Verdict: Kids, train enthusiasts and supportive spouses will truly love riding the rails into the past on this historic railroad. All the engines (steam and diesel) as well as the passenger cars are authentic pieces donated from railroads across the country.
How to Get There: From Denver take Interstate 70 west to exit 228. Follow signs to Historic District.
Ideal for: The entire family. Kids especially love the popular holiday trains that run from Halloween through Christmas. The Beer and Brats as well as the Wine and Hors d'oeuvres runs are great dates for the over 21 crowd.
Insider Tips: Check times and purchase tickets online if possible via their website. Jimmy
waited 15 minutes in a long line to purchase tickets while I wandered off to take pictures. I thought we might have to wait an hour for the next train. I'd like to believe that Jimmy purchased our First Class Coach tickets as a special treat, but they may have been the only seats left. I didn't ask. He didn't tell. If you’re truly the enthusiast, plan on at least two hours at this federally designated Nationally Historic Railroad Park, three if you’re interested in touring the abandoned silver mine on site.