Originally Posted by smslavin
Thanks for the pics. Looks like a good time. History questions. What train went through there and what was there to get dropped off for?
If you would have come on the cleanup run last weekend I would have told you
Okay, fine, fine. It was the Argentine Central Railroad. You could take a day trip from Union Station in Denver up to Silver Plume. From there you could purchase a ticket that would take you up to the top of McClellan Mtn. for the specacular views from 13,000+ feet! Alternatively, you could take the Sunrise Aerial Tram from Silver Plume up to the top of Sunrise Peak (Pendleton Mtn.) for similar views. Not sure if the train and the tram were running concurrently (Perry's book would probably say), but both are just remnants at this point. Pretty amazing to imagine a train at 13,000+ feet!
The train also serviced the mines in the area. The extra fare from passengers supplemented the commodity fare and both were used to build and maintain the railroad.
Perry's book had some pretty great documentation and posters that advertized this as The Greatest Single-Day Vacation in the World! etc.
Pictures of the top of the Sunrise Aerial Tram:
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