Three or four days ago I made it to Cripple Creek. While the fog and snow rolled in after a few hours, I managed to get a fresh look at the area since I visited 2 years ago. In the small window of time I had I took plenty of photos. So then, the first batch show the route from Divide to Cripple Creek.
Except for the last photo, the road follows the Midland Terminal route. Notice how despite the terrain, the road is still quite level with gradients.
The last photo was not the Midland Terminal, but shows Cripple Creek from the pass.
Second set of photos showing the depot area of Cripple Creek. The three story depot is the Midland Terminal's terminal at Cripple Creek.
The red building also has some significance, but I can't remember what at this time. Oh yes, then there's downtown Cripple Creek.
By the way, if anyone is in Colorado and wants to gamble, Cripple Creek is the place to do it.
Next update I'll look at a gold mine, then I'll have a couple photos and videos of going from Cripple Creek to Divide. At the same time I'll add these plus a few more photos to the Colorado Midland thread I started last month.
I desperately need to update this. I'm at the end of my trip in Colorado and am in fact on the #6 California Zephyr from here to Omaha. Amazingly, the train was early. When I get home I'll be able to post pictures. For now though, I've got a few interesting topics:
>I found the Midland Terminal grade up the hill from Manitou Springs including two tunnels. It's even hikable in the summer so I may come back and try to walk a portion of it.
>I took a side trip down to New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. While I saw more national parks than trains, I did get a couple of photos outside Flagstaff of the BNSF mainline. I also have a photo of a railroad grade just outside Arches National Park.
>I found Gold Camp Road which is the old grade for the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek that was abandoned in 1921.
>Then there was a day trip down to Florence Colorado where the Florence and Cripple Creek began it's long and winding trek to Victor.
I never got to see the Colorado Railroad Museum or the Georgetown Loop on this trip. But thankfully, I'll be back in Denver for the Garden Railroad Convention.
So stay tuned for the last few posts. And thanks everyone for taking a look. The only thing I enjoy more than traveling is sharing it with people such as the folks on freerails.