My ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
I went for a ride on the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Today the line is a sight seeing excursion. The train makes 2 runs a day from Memorial Day through the first Sunday of October; the trip takes about 2 1/2 hours. I rode on the last run of the season Sunday October 4, 2009.
This bit of living history has a long and interesting past spanning nearly 150 years. At one time the train ran from Denver to Leadville. For many decades the train hauled freight, gold, silver and other ores to and from mines in the Leadville area.
When the Climax Molybdenum mine shut down in 1987 the Burlington Northern Railroad sold the 14-mile line, and all of its assets, running between the Climax mine and Leadville to Stephanie and Kenneth Olsen for a paltry $10. After much refurbishing the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad reopened as a scenic railroad on Memorial Day 1988.