Georgetown Loop Railroad

The Georgetown Loop Railroad has operated for over 30 years, and is a scenic loop of four miles that connects the towns of Georgetown and Silver Plume.

The towns are only two miles apart, but the elevation gain is over 600 feet, and this would make the railroad grade over 6%, which is dangerous for the train. Due to this reason, a loop was created that allows the elevation gain to be overcome, making the grade less than 3%.

The bridge in the pictures is galled the Devil's Gate High Bridge, and is approximately 93 feet above the canyon floor. This bridge originally cost over 250K when constructed in 1884.

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The Georgetown Loop RR and refueling depot. One of the two engines in operation . The schedule board at the Silver Plume depot.
The Georgetown Loop RR and refueling depot. One of the two engines in operation . The schedule board at the Silver Plume depot.
The depot sign showing elevation and mile marker. One of the old cabooses from an old train. One of the trains chugs into the station.
The depot sign showing elevation and mile marker. One of the old cabooses from an old train. One of the trains chugs into the station.
Looking on the train as it makes one of the curves. Here we are traversing the Devil's Gate High Bridge. Looking down onto the Georgetown Station.
Looking on the train as it makes one of the curves. Here we are traversing the Devil's Gate High Bridge. Looking down onto the Georgetown Station.
A good view of the Devil's Gate High Bridge. We cross back over the bridge on the way back. Lots of dark smoke pours from the engine.
A good view of the Devil's Gate High Bridge. We cross back over the bridge on the way back. Lots of dark smoke pours from the engine.