Georgetown Loop Railroad Delays Opening
Until June 15th, 2007

First time in over 30-years, Loop will miss Memorial Day Weekend Opening

The Colorado Historical Society, citing setbacks and delays over the last several months, working to prepare engines for the upcoming season has decided to delay the opening of this historic train ride for 3-weeks. No trains will be operating until June 15th according to the CHS.

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Since 1879 - Colorado's oldest scenic railroad


The same family that ran the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad (for the Colorado Historical Society) every Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, for 32-years, hauling over 132,000 people with its steam engines in its final year in 2004, owns and operates the successful Royal Gorge Route Railroad. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad, located in Canon City, CO is running daily, May 26th - October 7th, 2007. The scenic railroad is Colorado's finest offering the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the state. Order your Royal Gorge Visitor Guide online now.

The famous railroad offers coach, first-class, gourmet lunch & dinner trains as well as Murder Mystery trains. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad offers the best experience of the Royal Gorge on a breathtaking, 2-hour scenic and historic train ride on the most famous portion of the former Denver & Rio Grande Western train line. See schedule for more details . If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate for the train, click here!You may make a reservation for this famous railroad online or by calling us at: 1.888.RAILS.4U or 303.569.1000

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Enjoy first-class elegance in one of our luxurious parlor cars. Each car is well appointed with comfortable seats, big views, less passengers and a full service cash bar. Children welcome.
Gourmet lunch
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To find the train depot, turn left on 3rd Street from Highway 50 in Canon City. This will bring you to the historic Santa Fe Depot and the Gateway to the Royal Gorge.


 

 

Welcome to Georgetown

Georgetown is nestled in between some of the most majestic peaks in the State, which of course means endless trails to pedal & climb, slopes to ski, streams to fish, raft & paddle, ride a train, shop,relive history, enjoy accommodations to relax in, and eat in some of the finest restaurants around. Make Georgetown your base while skiing this winter. We're only minutes away from world class ski areas.

Georgetown has managed to keep its Victorian charm with many homes and buildings rich in this architectural style. We offer a variety of unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and overnight accommodations owned by individuals who also enjoy this beautiful mountain setting.

Remember, you can't see Georgetown from the highway, take the Georgetown exit 228 from Interstate 70, turn right at the 4-way stop, and drive on down to town only a minute away.

A great hike, x-country ski, bike or jeeping road is the old Argentine Central Railroad bed. This road starts approximately 2.5 miles off of Guanella Pass road, taking you westbound to the top of Mt. McClellan. From the top, look directly at Grays and Torrey's peaks, two more of Colorado's fourteeners.

We look forward to having you as our guest and we hope to see you soon.

 

Industry Experts Say:
"I Told You So"
Article points to equipment failures and inexperience

(Please note that any reference to the Georgetown Loop after 2004 is in reference to the new operators "Railstar" and not the original operators the "Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc."

With a second year tucked under the tracks at the Georgetown Loop, some experts are looking at the operation run by the state historical society and Railstar Corp. and saying, “We told you so.” Read entire article here.

Mechanical problem forces Loop evacuation

By Meghan Murphy (Clear Creek Courant Article)
08/09/2006

A mechanical problem on the No. 12 steam engine Monday caused Railstar Corp. to stop service and evacuate passengers from the Georgetown Loop Railroad.

An original part on the 1928 engine failed, spokesman Tom Hill said. He said the parts are regularly tested, but no test is foolproof.

Passengers were taken back to the Devil’s Gate ticketing office in Georgetown by about 2 p.m. and offered refunds or exchanges for their rides. Many agreed to come back another day, Hill said.

The ticketing agents were also busy calling customers with reservations for the next two days to reschedule. Hill said it would be a day or two before the Loop is restored to partial service.

The maintenance crews were working on the engine where it broke down, just below the Lebanon Mine bridge. Since the cars were behind the engine, Hill said, workers would either need to move the No. 12 out of the way or take the cars downhill before restoring service.

Once the tracks are clear, Railstar will run the No. 21 diesel engine for a few days with six cars, and then for weekend service double-head the diesel with the No. 9, which made its debut on the tracks last Tuesday.

As for the 500 to 600 walk-in passengers each day, Hill said that staff will be present at each platform to direct customers to enjoy a day touring historic Georgetown and Silver Plume.

Loop service stops after backup engine fails

By Meghan Murphy
08/16/2006

The Georgetown Loop Railroad ceased operations again last weekend after the backup diesel engine broke down.

The No. 12 steam engine broke an axle Aug. 7, forcing passengers to be evacuated in the middle of the track. The train stopped operations until last Wednesday and resumed using the No. 21 diesel.

Sunday afternoon, the diesel engine's traction motor stopped working, so the Loop was forced to stop offering rides once again, Railstar spokesman Tom Hill said.


The operators are flying in a new part for the diesel and working to get the No. 9 steam engine on the tracks. The No. 9, which carried riders for the first time Aug. 1, passed inspection by the state boiler engineer Wednesday. The engine will also require several test runs on the tracks before it can be put on line.

A new axle is being machined for the No. 12, which may be running in a couple of weeks.

Hill said that with historic trains, parts occasionally fail, but the fact that the problems occurred at the same time is a sad coincidence. "Last year the 12 was an absolute workhorse, outside of minor little things it ran its little wheels off," he said.

Railstar did report in January that budget shortfalls for winter caused delays in some maintenance on the engines.

In the annual report to the Colorado Historical Society, Railstar noted that “the winter budget had to be trimmed so tight that we believe it will impact the ability to complete the necessary maintenance so that equipment is ready by the start of the season. This will call into question the reliability of the locomotive #12 throughout the season and the ability to have enough cars ready in time to meet peak season demand.”

General manager Ron Trottier said the lack of money may have been a factor in the engine breakdowns this past week. If the operators had had more money during the winter, it "may or may not have located a situation," Trottier said. "We just wanted to do more extensive maintenance earlier in the year."

CHS and Railstar resolved the cash flow problem this year by creating a winter reserve fund.

Railstar is refunding money or rescheduling rides for all customers with reservations.

Loop sees third train shutdown in four weeks

By Meghan Murphy
09/06/2006

GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Loop Railroad was off line again from Tuesday through Thursday last week, the third shutdown in August for Railstar Corp.

Last week, the only operable steam engine, the No. 9, was taken off the tracks for planned maintenance, Railstar spokesman Tom Hill said. The engine needed routine upkeep to ensure it can haul passengers for the rest of the season.

The operators had intended to run the No. 21 diesel during the scheduled maintenance, but it blew a traction motor on Aug. 13. Railstar had planned to repair the No. 21 by last week, but the Ohio company that shipped the new part sent an incorrect order, Hill said.

The No. 9 went back on line Friday to handle weekend traffic.

Mark Greksa, former manager of the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc. , said that in 32 years, the previous operator had one day of stoppage.

Despite the seven days of stoppage and the smaller passenger hauling capacity of the No. 9 engine, Hill said he believes the operation still beat last year’s ticket sales. In addition, Railstar’s season will continue through the first week of October.

Hill also added that during the winter break, Railstar will perform long-term maintenance to ensure more consistent operations next season.

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Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc.'s Executive Offices
along with Historic Building used for Gift Shop, Ticket Sales, and Cafe On the Market


The Old Georgetown Station - the original train depot, and adjoining executive offices have been put on the market. The 5500 square foot Old Georgetown Station was a successful gift shop, visitor information center, restaurant, and Georgetown Loop ticket office until the fall of 2004. The adjoining 5600 square foot offices were built in 1997 to support the Georgetown Loop and the Royal Gorge Route Railroads. The Royal Gorge Route main office will be moving to Canon City, Colorado.

Both buildings are on approximately 1.5 acres of land, zoned Gateway Commercial spanning the South Fork of Clear Creek from Argentine Street on the west and divided by Rose Street lying north of 11th Street, which is served by the bridge accessing Rose Street from Argentine Street. The property consists of a number of lotsand is prime facing both Argentine and Rose Streets. The office building has a T-1 with all offices networked. With the opportunity to expand, the possibilities are endless.

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