Cripple Creek & Victor

 

How about a 2 foot gauge?

 

Several railroads raced to the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining District with the discovery of substantial deposits of gold and silver.  Both narrow and standard gauge equipment was used.  (I find no historical reference to 2-foot gauge being used in the mines or anywhere else in the district)  In 1894, the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad was the first to reach the area, soon followed by the Midland Terminal Railroad.  In 1897 the Cripple Creek District Railway Company was formed.  In 1904 the Colorado & Southern arrived in the area.  There were some shared tracks, but often there were parallel tracks in most areas.

 

The last train left the district in 1949.

 

On June 28th , 1967, Dr. John M. Birmingham opened the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad for business. The CC&V has been carrying passengers ever since.

 

The track goes south out of Cripple Creek, past the old Midland Terminal Wye over a reconstructed trestle, past many historic mines and terminates near the deserted mining camp of Anaconda, then returns back to Cripple Creek.  Trains run about 2 miles out of town, stopping at several mining sites and a brief explanation of the site is presented. Return to town is in reverse, stopping on a wye so the next outbound train can pass. Total time is about 45 minutes.

 

There is a large open pit mine blocking the train from reaching Victor.  There are discussions with the mine owners about extending service through to Victor.

 

Locomotives

#1:  0-4-4-0, Compound Mallet built by Orenstein & Koppel, in Germany in 1902.  Used to haul lead and zinc in the mines at Avalos Zacetacus, Mexico.

 

#2: 0-4-0, built by Henschel, in Germany in 1936.  This 15-ton engine's prior use is unknown.

 

#3: 0-4-4, built by H. K. Porter Co, Pittsburgh, PA in 1927.  This 15-ton engine was used to haul lead and zinc in the mines at Avalos Zacetacus, Mexico.

 

#4: 0-4-4-0, Superheated Meyer type Mallet, built by Bagnall, in England in 1947.  This 26 ton engine was used in a South African sugar plantation.

 

One is a 1951 General Electric, four wheel, Diesel-Electric engine, originally battery operated for underground work at the Idarado Mine near Telluride.

 

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