The late Richard Schaffer, who also guided the European Narrow Gauge Circle Tour that I took in 1995, provided excellent commentary on the railways, routes, sites, and sights along the 1994 tour. There was little of this on the 2004 tour – our guide got us there on time to board the trains, but that was it.
The only Colorado tourist train I missed was the Cripple Creek and Victor Railroad behind Pike’s Peak. It is a 2 foot gauge steam line reminiscent of the Gilpin Gold Tram. It is a 4 mile, 45 minute round trip on former Midland Terminal (standard gauge) right of way – not much of a ride but the engines are unique. http://www.cripplecreekrailroad.com/
You can follow the tour in order or choose your own route on the links below.
NARROW GAUGE CIRCLE LOCATION MAP
The narrow gauge circle of Colorado and New Mexico is really worth the time, whether as part of a guided tour or on your own. The roads are excellent, as is the accomaodation, food, local attractioons, mountain scenery, and (usually) the weather. Side trips to the colonial architecture in El Paso, Albuquerque, and Taos, plus the amazing cave dwellings of Mesa Verde provice a deeper understanding of history that predates the steam locomotives and mining operations that are part of the standard railway fan trip described here.