Colorado's Georgetown Loop

Georgetown Loop is a fascinating twist and a dramatic lesson in how to gain 500 feet in three miles.
Georgetown Loop map image
Of all the scenic railroads in America, Colorado's Georgetown Loop ranks near the top for the most audacious three miles of 3-foot-gauge track.

The words "twisty," "curvy," and "steep" do not even begin to do justice to this Lazarus-like railroad that was built in 1877, dismantled in 1938, and reconstructed in the 1970s and 1980s on the original Colorado Central grade west of Denver. This railroad uses two horseshoe curves to help gain some 500 feet on the climb between Georgetown and Silver Plume. And the signature, of course, is the full loop at the Devil's Gate High Bridge.

Railroads included in this map:
Argentine Central; BNSF Railway; Colorado Central; Georgetown Loop

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