The Georgetown Loop Railroad

Last updated 05/30/2000

The Georgetown Loop was once considered one of the scenic wonders of the world. The unusual "corkscrew" track layout was necessary in order to gain the 600 feet of elevation in the 2 miles that separate Georgetown from Silver Plume. The original iron trestle was an expensive, engineering wonder at the time of its construction. It was sold for scrap during the depression. The new steel trestle is a reproduction that was installed during the 1980's.

The Georgetown Loop Homepage

Photos from my 1995 visit.

Shay #14 crossing the "Devils Gate Viaduct" on it's way to Silver Plume. You can see the track from Georgetown below the locomotive. (111K 480x720 jpg)

Here's #14 pulling the train up the "Big Fill"" which is a 180 degree climbing curve. (83K 720x480 jpg)

#14 leaving Silver Plume yard for Georgetown. (83K 720x480 jpg)

Here's a shot of #14 crossing the trestle. (94K 720x480 jpg)

Here's a picture of #40 I took a couple of years ago. The "GB&L Ry" on the tender is for the "Georgetown, Breckenridge and Leadville" railroad, a Union Pacific subsidiary that was intended to reach the silver mines at Leadville via a narrow gauge tunnel under Loveland Pass.

The #40 was originally built by Baldwin in 1921 for the Guatemala Railway Co. as their #50. In 1913 it became the International Railways of Central America's #50, and was renumbered to the #40 in 1928. It was sold to the Colorado Central in 1972, but it wasn't until 1977 that it finally arrived at Silver Plume. (69K 720x480 jpg)

The #40 underwent a complete rebuilding during the winter of 1999/2000 in preparation for it's lease to the White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Sister locomotive #44 will return from static display in Georgetown for rebuilding and return to service.

Photos from my 1998 visit.

Colorado and Southern #60 is a narrow gauge 2-8-0 build by Rhode Island in 1886 and it is on display in Idaho Springs which is east of Georgetown on I-70. Locomotives like this one were the workhorses of the Colorado and Southern and were used on "The Loop." (72K 768x512 jpg)

Here #14 is stopped at the Lebannon Mine station. The #14 was built by Lima in 1916 for the Sierra-Nevada Wood & Co. at Hobart Mills, CA as their #10. By 1939 it had become West Side Lumber's #14 at Tuolumne, CA. It was sold in 1965 to Camino, Cable & Northern (a tourist RR?) at Camino, CA and was sold again to the predecessor of the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Colorado Central Narrow Guage RR at Central City, CO in 1974 and renumbered to 14 again. It became the Georgetown Loop's #14 in 1981. (82K 768x512 jpg)

The #12 was built by Lima in 1927 for Swayne Lumber Co. at Oroville, CA as their #6. It was sold to West Side Lumber at Tuolumne, CA in 1940 and to West Side's successors, Pickering Lumber and West Side & Cherry Valley RR, keeping it's #12. It was acquired by the Georgetown Loop RR in 1986. (79K 768x512 jpg>

The #8 is currently in storage at Silver Plume. It was built by Lima in 1922 for the Hetch-Hetchy & Yosemite Valleys Railway Co. at Tuolumne, CA. It was subsequently owned by Pickering Lumber, and West Side Lumber. In 1966 it was sold to a private party in OR, and arrived at the Colorado Central in 1978. (80K 768x420 jpg)

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