A historic black and white photo of the Georgetown Loop high bridge. One train crosses over the bridge while another crosses underneath it.

Marvelous Machinery: Steam-powered Giants

Steam engines were the foundation of the Industrial Revolution. For nearly 120 years, steam-powered locomotives were the backbone of commerce, hauling passengers as well as cargo throughout the United States. Today, two of these "iron horses" are preserved, maintained, and operated in Georgetown and Silver Plume, Colorado. History Colorado and Historic Rail Adventures are pleased to share these train treasures with the public and welcomes your support as a rider and in their preservation efforts. 


Steam engine #111

Engine 111 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1926.  Upon completion, It was delivered to the International Railway of Central America in El Salvador.  It was subsequently returned to the US to be used on the Sundown & Southern Railroad, which never ran it.  After sitting on display in Breckenridge, Colorado, it was then moved to the Silver Plume station for rebuilding.  It's been in service here at the Loop since 2016. 


Rocky Mountain Steel Mills (formerly Colorado Fuel & Iron) of  Pueblo donated the No. 21, a 1940s-era, 44-ton General Electric diesel/electric locomotive to the Colorado Historical Society to use for backup operations and maintenance at the park. The railroad industry nicknamed this particular type of locomotive "Critter" or "Big Critter." It pulled tons of steel ingots at the plant and operated in that capacity until the 1980s. The engine then sat idle and unnoticed in a field for many years. in 2004, staff at the plant, recognizing its historic value, made arrangements to donate it to the society.

Narrow gauge locomotives in this weigh class are becoming very rare because of modernization and the operational switch to standard gauge equipment. 



This is a photo of Diesel Engine Number 21. It's body is painted a shiny black with bright red trim. It is a 1940s era diesel.


A photo of the inside of the Waldorf car, featuring tables and purple velvet seats. A beautifully decorated parlor car. The Georgetown Loop Railroad is proud to run this beautiful car.


Parlor coach #100 was built in 1930 by the Pullman Company of Illinois as part of an order placed by the National Railroad of Mexico (N de M).  It was subsequently purchased by Thomas J. Hinman and re-lettered as #900 to run on the Rio Grande & San Luis Railroad in 1968.  

In 1971, it was relocated to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Chama, NM.  It was used occasionally in passenger service but was mostly used as a film prop, and was notably featured in the 1975 film Bite the Bullet, starring Candice Bergen, James Coburn, and Gene Hackman.  

It was acquired by the Georgetown Loop in 2015 and renamed “The Waldorf”.



Excursion Cars/Passenger Cars
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad:
Open gondola, No. 705
Open gondola, No. 718
Open gondola, No. 746
Open gondola, No. 1036
Open gondola, No. 1157
Open gondola, No. 1163                                                                   Open rider car, No. 1172
Covered gondola, No. 1156                                                              Covered/Open rider car, No. 1163                                                     Covered riding car, No. 3
Boxcar, No. 3038
Boxcar, No. 3219
Boxcar, No. 3748                                                                             Boxcar, No. 3116                                                                             Commissary Boxcar, No. 03071

Speeder Car and Trailers:
Fairmont A4 Speeder, CN No. 19174
Display Cars, Denver & Rio Grande Western
Refrigerator Car No. 153
Drop Bottom Gondola No. 824
Box Car No. 3582
Stock Car No. 5701
Flat Car No. 6302
Maintenance Car No. 04953

On Display:
Passenger Coach - Colorado & Southern No. 76 (on display)
Mail Car  - Colorado & Southern No. 13 (on display)
Caboose - Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 0586 (on display)
Business Car -

Parlor/Dining Cars formerly of White Pass and Yukon Railroad:
Car No. 228
Car No. 282
Car No. 284                                                                     Car No. 274

Pullman Car formerly of National Railways of Mexico/Cumbres & Toltec Scenic:                                
Governor Bill Richardson

Double header! Pictured here is the Diesel Number 21 on the low track while the Shay Number 9 Steam engine rides across the high bridge. Both are in operation here at the Georgetown Loop Railroad.