TRAINS IN FALL COLORS
OCTOBER 2-13, 2021
We invite you to come join us for our Fall Colors tour of Colorado and the colorful trains that make this state, popular with the railfans all around the world. This tour will present to you spectacular train rides into the Rocky Mountains pulled by steam, diesel and railcars. We also want to welcome back the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway of which has been closed for a couple of years and will reopen in 2021.
During our 12 day tour we will ride these colorful trains on the Cumbres & Toltec, Durango & Silverton, Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak Cog, Georgetown Loop, Leadville, Colorado & Southern plus visit several railroad museums. We will also visit three national parks. We begin our tour with a ride on Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr Denver to Glenwood Springs running right through the heart of the Colorado Rockies.
DAY 1 SATURDAY OCTOBER 2:
Arrival in Denver and independent transfers to The Holiday Inn Express in downtown Denver.
DAY 2: SUNDAY OCTOBER 3: (B-D)
We board Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr No. 5 departing Denver at 10:05am and arriving Glenwood Springs at 3:58pm. Our motorcoach will be waiting at Glenwood Springs to take us to Leadville and check-in at the Delaware Hotel which was built in 1886. In the evening we will have our “Welcome to Colorado” dinner.
BOARDING THE CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR AT THE NEW DENVER TRANSPORTATION CENTER
THE VICTORIAN DELAWARE HOTEL IN LEADVILLE BUILT IN 1886
DAY 3 MONDAY OCTOBER 4: (B-L)
Morning explore the town of Leadville. . The leadville, Colorado and Southern excursion train departs at 10:00am and returning at 12:30pm. Box lunch onboard the train. Depart Leadville at 12:45pm and travel to Como. Visit the South Park Rail Society's roundhouse and arrange for their steam locomotive to be in operation for a charter. Next drive to Colorado Springs and hotel check-in at the Quality Inn Garden of the Gods.
ABOVE 4 PHOTOS ONBOARD THE LEADVILLE, COLORADO & SOUTHERN EXCURSION TRAIN
THE SOUTH PARK RAIL SOCIETY IN COMO HAS ARRANGED FOR A PRIVATE CHARTER WITH STEAM
DAY 4 TUESDAY OCTOBER 5: (B)
Ride the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. First train of the day . Back in Manitou time to explore downtown and get some lunch. In Colorado Springs visit “Garden of the Gods” rock formations then travel to Canon City. Visit the Royal Gorge Railroad workshops in Canon City. Photograph the afternoon train arriving back in Canon City and then hotel check-in at the Quality Inn & Suites.
THE MANITOU AND PIKE'S PEAK COG RAILWAY WILL HAVE THEIR GRAND OPENING IN MAY 2021
GARDEN OF THE GODS COLORADO SPRINGS
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6: (B)
Ride the morning excursion train on the Royal Gorge Railroad through the Royal Gorge. Then Travel Canon City to the Great Sand Dunes NationalPark. Next we travel to Alamosa with a visit to the San Luis and Rio Grande workshops and depot. Then we travel to Antonito to visit the yards and shop and catch the arrival of the afternoon train. Continue on to Chama, New Mexico and check-in at the Branding Iron Motel.
ONBOARD THE ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD EXCURSION TRAIN
GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
DAY 6: THURSDAY OCTOBER 7: (L)
Morning visit to the Cumbres & Toltec workshops and yards as the crews make up our train and the regular train. Ride our charter train from Chama to Antonito with plenty of photo run-bys. . After photographing our locomotive switching in the yard at Antonito travel on our motorcoach to Alamosa for check-in at the Best Western Alamosa Motel.
ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR IS THE TWO DAYS ON THE CUMBRES & TOLTEC RAILROAD
DAY 7 FRIDAY OCTOBER 8: (B-L)
Return to Antonito and board our charter steam photo train with a different locomotive for the run up to Oiser and return to Antonito. 2nd nights lodging at the Best Western Alamosa Motel.
DENVER & RIO GRANDE 168 A 4-6-0 BUILT IN 1883 PULLS THE NEW HISTORIC TRAIN
ABOVE TWO PHOTOS. BOTH PHOTOS BY DON ATKINSON
DAY 8 SATURDAY OCTOBER 9: (B)
Ride our motorcoach Alamosa to Durango and continue on west to the small town of Dolores and visit The Galloping Goose Historical Society's Museum. This was once part of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. After our museum visit then stop off at Mesa Verde National Park then return to Durango and check-in at the Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
GALLOPING GOOSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
DAY 9 SUNDAY OCTOBER 10: (B)
Ride the regular train Durango to Silverton and return. 2nd night Best Western Rio Grande Inn.
DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD
DAY 10 MONDAY OCTOBER 11: (B)
Travel on our charter bus Durango north to Red Mountain Pass at 11,075 feet and the famous “Million Dollar Highway” stopping in the Swiss built town of Ouray for lunch. After we have lunch we continue north to Ridgeway to visit the Ridgeway Railroad Museum which features the history of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Next we visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We then continue to Gunnison with a stop to photograph Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit. This exhibit includes steam locomotive DRGW 278, a 2-8-0 and some freight cars on the steel deck span trestle. At Gunnison we visit the Gunnison Pioneer Museum which includes railroad related items and a steam locomotive and train. Check-in at the Quaility Inn
RED MOUNTAIN PASS
RIDGEWAY RAILWAY MUSEUM
Both images BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
CIMARRON CANYON RAIL EXHIBIT
DAY 11 TUESDAY OCTOBER 12: (B)
Early morning departure from Gunnison arriving at Silver Plume mid day. Visit the workshops and yards of the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Ride the train between Georgetown and Silver Plume. After our train ride drop off the group in downtown Georgetown for lunch. After lunch we depart Georgetown mid afternoon and travel to Golden for a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum including riding our charter steam pulled train. Depart Golden late afternoon for the short trip to Denver and hotel check-in at the Holiday Inn Express downtown.
GEORGETOWN LOOP RAILROAD THE WAY IT LOOKS TODAY (ABOVE PHOTOS)
AND THE WAY IT LOOKED IN THE 1880'S (BELOW PHOTO)
AFTER OUR TRAIN RIDE WE ENJOY LUNCH AT THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS IN GEORGETOWN
OUR LAST EVENT OF THE DAY IS A VISIT TO THE COLORADO RAILROAD
MUSEUM INCLUDING A CHARTER STEAM PULLED TRAIN
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13: (B)
Late morning hotel check-out and early afternoon visit to the Forney Transportation Museum on our way to the airport. Planned arrival at the Denver International Airport at 4:00pm and end of our tour.
OUR LAST ATTRACTION WE VISIT THE FORNEY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
ALL PRICES ARE PER PERSON
DOUBLE ROOM OCCUPANCY$4,895
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT$1,195
DEPOSIT TO HOLD SPACE CONFIRMED$1,000
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BOOK BY DECEMBER 31, 2020-$100
FINAL PAYMENT DUE BY JULY 2, 2021
TOUR CONDITIONS FOR 2021 **PLEASE READ CAREFULLY**
Tour Price: All tour prices are subject to change without notice, at any time. All prices based on double room occupancy. Those people that use a credit card for payments a 3% conveyance fee will be added to the tour price. We reserve the right to change tour prices if necessary without prior notice.