Three foot wide narrow gauge is cheaper to build and can make sharper turns than 4 foot 8 inch wide standard gauge. If the road bed cut into the cliffs had been wide enough for standard gauge, it would have tripled construction costs.
|Don't look down|
We chose a car that offered historical narration. Kathy, in the persona of Palmer's daughter Dorothy, presented a very knowable and entertaining account of Palmer family history and the building of railroads narrow gauge railroads in Colorado during our 3.5 hour ride up to Silverton
Commercial use of the this route ended in 1968. These cars were left behind
We did not stop at the restored depot outside Silverton. Thankfully the train continues another mile right up to the edge of town.
Current location 37.400874, -107.535779