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Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Step back in time with a ride on the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad and learn about the area’s mining history while enjoying scenic views.
Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, a narrow gauge railroad near Colorado Springs, opened in 1967. The railroad has been operating ever since, drawing families and train enthusiasts to Cripple Creek, a historic mining town. Visitors begin their journey on the open-air, coal-fired locomotives at the Cripple Creek train depot. The train heads south, leaving Cripple Creek, passes many historic mines, stops at the deserted mining camp of Anaconda, and then returns to Cripple Creek. Along the way travelers will learn about the area’s mining history and have many photo opportunities.
History of Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad
Born into a family of railroad engineers, Dr. John M. Birmingham purchased two locomotives from the Colorado Climax Molybdenum mine in 1965. In 1967 Dr. Birmingham opened the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, bringing a love of locomotives to the public. Today, the railroad remains a family-operated business, now operated by John’s son, Jim, and his family. Three of the four coal-fired, two-foot Narrow Gauge locomotives are currently operated throughout the summer season.
Plan a Visit
The Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad is open from the middle of May to the first weekend of October. All cars on the trains are open-air and trains operate rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Trains depart seven times throughout the day beginning at 10 A.M. with the last departure leaving at 5 P.M.
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