What we liked about the fall colors tour (I think it only runs for about three weekends) is it goes to the end of the line at Climax, Colorado and the conductor explains the history of the rail and the connection with the mine. Some people may find this railroad a little more uneventful than the Durango/Silverton train, but in many ways my wife and I enjoyed this one more. You can move around on the train and sit inside and enclosed car, inside a covered car with open windows, or sit out in an open car on fairly comfortable seats. Apparently some pets are allowed on the train as some people brought their smaller dogs on board. We liked the fact that at the mid-point headed back to Leadville they stop at the water tower and let you get off of the train and wander around to take pictures and stretch your legs. You can go into the caboose and in the front engine which is a treat for kids! We had a pleasant and sunny day which made the trip that much more enjoyable. The other thing I found intriguing from a historical standpoint is in many places along the way there were remnants (on the North side?--left side when headed to Climax, Colorado) of telegraph poles and the actual telegraph lines tangled in the trees next to the tracks. When you think about it the telegraph system in this country was our first "Internet". I took some pictures of this. The conductor also pointed out various starter pits (mining) and other items of environmental and historical interest. If you visit Leadville and like trains this is a must. Too bad they don't advertise more in Denver. I think they would increase their ridership if they did. I spoke to a number of "native" Coloradans who didn't even know there was an active historic train tour in Leadville.
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