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Other tourist trains hold their own, or better

Sidebar by Ed Quillen

Transportation – February 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

Does the addition of a new tourist railroad in our area take business away from the other lines?

Apparently not. Kirstin Olsen, marketing director of the Leadville, Colorado & Southern, called business last summer “great, but not phenomenal.” The summer-only line carried about 18,000 passengers, the usual number in recent years. LC&S trains travel round-trip from the Cloud City to near the summit of Frémont Pass at 11,000 feet above sea level.

The Royal Gorge Route, which added dome cars to its trains in 2006, reported an increase of approximately 10%, carrying about 100,000 passengers last year. The Route runs nearly year-round (trains will resume March 10 after a winter vacation) from Cañon City to Parkdale and back — along the Arkansas River through the Royal Gorge.