The Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad Company begins in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated town in the USA at 10,200 feet elevation, departing from its century-old depot, and follows the headwaters of the Arkansas River up to a spectacular view of Fremont Pass and a distant look at the Climax Molybdenum Mine. On the trip back down to town, there is a brief stop at the old French Gulch water tower from which you can see Mt. Elbert, Colorado's highest peak. The trip covers about 22 miles round-trip in 2 1/2 hours and goes up about 700 feet. This is a standard gauge railroad with a diesel locomotive, though an old steamer is on display in the parking lot.
The engine rounds a bend revealing itself and the first few cars.
The first mile or so goes through town, but the remainder of the trip is through lush forest with plenty of openings through the trees to allow views of the valley such as below. The Arkansas River headwaters and Colorado Highway 91 snake their way through the valley. The snow-topped mountains in the far distance are the Collegiate Mountain Range.
The French Gulch Water Tower...