Excursions

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May
11
Fri
Creede Branch — Spring test & tune up
May 11 – May 13 all-day

Rocky Mountain Division Of NARCOA announces spring test and tune up on the Denver & Rio Grande RR – Creede Branch, May 11-13,2018. 26 miles R.T. along the Rio Grande river from South Fork Colorado to Wagon Wheel Gap Bridge. Spark arrestors and sweeps required.  Mentoring welcomed. At least 2 trips per day. Run fee 85$.

Note 1: No car minimum for this run to happen.

Note 2: Set on time  the evening before  excursion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the day of the excursions starting @ 7:30 a.m. in South Fork and ending @ 9:15 a.m., with safety meeting @ 9:40 and departure @ 10:00.  Set on in South Fork only , a turn table / car turning area will be prepared near Wagon Wheel Gap siding. 

Note 3: Money ($) to be received by Jon on or before April 25

Contact Jon Keeling,  719-989-0779, or jkeelingmt14@yahoo.com

 

May
25
Fri
7 day-D&S and C&T Spring NG
May 25 – Jun 1 all-day
Jul
23
Mon
Creede Branch — Excursion #2
Jul 23 – Jul 24 all-day

Rocky Mountain Division of NARCOA announces 2 day run on the D&RG RR.,July 23 & 24, 2018, in conjunction with the runs planned later in the week by the RMD on the LC&S and SLRG. 26 miles R.T. along the historic rail line to Creede. Sweeps and spark arrestors required. mentoring welcomed. At least 2 trips per day. Run fee 85$.

Note 1: No car minimum for this run to happen.

Note 2: Set on time  the evening before  excursion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the day of the excursions starting @ 7:30 a.m. in South Fork and ending @ 9:15 a.m., with safety meeting @ 9:40 and departure @ 10:00.  Set on in South Fork only , a turn table / car turning area will be prepared near Wagon Wheel Gap siding. 

Note 3: Money ($) to be received by Jon on or before July 1.

Contact Jon Keeling,  719-989-0779, or jkeelingmt14@yahoo.com

Jul
26
Thu
2 day – LC&S RR– July 26/27 2018
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

2 day – Leadville Colorado & Southern RR– July 26/27 2018
Leadville, CO 80461
$ 70 per car/ two days
 
Jerry Geiger, EC
(719) 568-7966 or (719 564 2346
E mail: jerryggeiger1@msn.com
 
 Rob Small, Asst. to EC
(970 618 0137
E mail:  robmsmall@hotmail.com

BE CERTAIN TO READ ALL AND CHECK THIS SITE ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR CHANGES  The EC will also attempt to send out change notices to the e mail list of registered operators as necessary.

Limitation on types of vehicles:  All larger cars ( “A” and similar) , Specially built and Hy-rail vehicles must have prior EC approval before participation will be allowed. Call Jerry Geiger 719 568 7966 to discuss.

Safety briefings must be attended by all participants and Releases signed by ALL.

Overview: This railroad will traverse approximately  twenty miles per round trip of rugged mountain railroading  on the highest altitude adhesion railroad in North America. We will be starting at the historic Denver and South Park Pacific roundhouse yards and travel easterly along the old narrow gage route of that railroad established in the 1880s.  Spectacular scenery will abound during the entire run. We will be stopping just short of the world famous Climax Molybdenum Mine which is again active as a surface mining operation.  Various stops will be made on the run to view items of interest and for photo opportunities. This is a high altitude railroad.  Elevations will vary between 10,000 and 11,500 feet of altitude above sea level. See additional notes following:
 
 SCHEDULE:    Note: this schedule is tentative and depends on railroad and weather or other “Act of God” activities.  It may be necessary to adjust these times and activities according to operating conditions.  The EC will make every attempt to contact run participants of last minute changes. YOU MUCH furnish a valid E mail address or telephone to be used during your trip to receive these notifications.   

SET ON:  Thursday July 26  09:30am to 3:30 pm.  Set on near the LC&S RR roundhouse as directed by EC or assistants .  (See  Set On directions as outlined following schedule below).

First Run; Thursday July 26 at appox. 4:30 PM   ( set on ends at 3:30pm)   Safety briefing at 4:00 pm.   (Note all participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases). Departure will be as soon as the LC&S RR gives us clearance.    Return to Leadville yards and tie up for the night.  No group  activities are planned for this evening.

Second run Friday  July 27 AM:    This second run will depart before the LC&S RR morning passenger train.  Safety briefing at 8:30 am.  All participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases.  Departure after the safety meeting.  We will be traveling to end of LC&S RR property at Storke Curve near Climax mine and then return to French Gulch Water tank to meet the LC&S RR morning train. We will be following the train back to Leadville yards. Once clear of the main line, cars will set off and travel to Alamosa for the next segment of the RMD tour on the SLRG RR.

Setoff  will conclude this summer run on the LC&S RR. . If you would like to ride the LC&S RR passenger train,  Contact the EC Jerry Geiger for further details and discussion of possible conflicts to MC/Train schedules.  Tickets can be purchased from the LC&S RR at    http://www.leadville-train.com/
 
 SET ON LOCATION: ( General Area)  Our set on location will be at the LC&S RR roundhouse yards on the north eastern edge of Leadville.  ( Map programs may or may not show it)  Directions:   Travel on Highway 24 to the northern edge of Leadville.  Look for 12th Street.   Turn east on 12th street and travel for approx. 1000 feet to Hazel Ave.      ( County road 8) which is a well used road  and turn left or north.  Travel about 3000 feet north of the intersection of 12 th and Hazel ( county road 8) and you will come to a fork in the road with the roundhouse straight ahead and two modern homes to the west. This is the LC&S RR roundhouse yards.  You will be directed where to set on.

The roundhouse/yards are almost due east ( about a ¼ of a mile) of Safeway/O”Reilly auto parts and other businesses located on Highway 24  but have to be accessed from either 12 st or Sawmill road.

Actual set on location will be dependent on railroad  activities.  Locations may be dirt, gravel or a mixture of these types of materials.

General rules: The run is open to all NARCOA compliant cars with licensed and insured operators.. This is a NARCOA insured excursion and all rules and regulations for NARCOA apply.

USFS approved spark arresters are required.

Wheel chocks or chains are mandatory.  

The latest NARCOA Releases will be required to be signed by all participants on railroad property regardless of  activity  status.

Set on: Due to Railroad activities , SETON will be limited to times indicated and will be cut-off  as posted to allow sufficient time to complete the safety meetings and prepare your car for departure.   Please be on time for set on to avoid being cutoff for that run.  Individual Set-on’s as other than noted times may be considered on a case by case basis and must be pre-approved by the EC or his assistant as railroad and EC schedules permit.                                                                                                 

Car Inspections:  A limited car inspection will be conducted by the EC or his assistants.  Have your paperwork in order and an inspection form completed and your car ready for the inspector. The standard NARCOA inspection form in abbreviated format will be followed BUT it will still be the responsibility of the operating individual to verify that their car meets ALL NARCOA requirements and passes the operator conducted NARCOA inspection.

Requirements for registration:
You may download and use the form at the end of the posting   or on a separate sheet of paper please include the following information:

  • 1) Name of operator(s)
  • 2) Copy of NARCOA current operator’s license(s) and insurance card(s)
  • 3) Car type and model?
  • 4) NARCOA FCC Compliant Radio Equipped for NARCOA channel 1-3?
  • 5)  Contact phone numbers home and travel . (cell phone highly recommended)
  • 6) FULL PAYMENT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Make check out to Rocky Mountain Division. (RMD)
  • 7) E mail and postal addresses ( Make sure these are LEGIBLE!!!)

 Registration and payment should be mailed to:   
 
Rob Small:  Asst. to the EC
726 Oak Ct.
New Castle, CO.81647
970 618 0137
Email:  robmsmall@hotmail.com 
 
Checks or money orders for $70  should be made payable to Rocky Mountain Division NARCOA(RMD)            WE DO NOT TAKE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS!

  • NOTE: We will confirm your successful registration in one of two ways:
  • 1) Via E mail address ( if it can be read!….so please make it clear)
  • 2) Via postal mail IF you include a SASE to send a reply back.

YOU ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE REGISTERED UNLESS YOU ARE CONFIRMED!  A list of participants will be available from EC Jerry Geiger. 

“Walk ins” :   Will be considered on a case by case basis but ONLY if they have contacted the EC Jerry Geiger or Assistant to the EC Rob Small and received prior permission to participate and have made satisfactory arrangements for payment and registration.   Showing up on the day of the run without permission or without verification of successful registration may result in your being denied the chance to participate. NARCOA current insurance and registration must be verified !

Contact information: For further information please contact EC in charge Jerry “Greg” Geiger, 719 568 7966  or 719-564-2346 or Assistant to the EC Rob Small ,    970-618 0137. 

E mail:  jerryggeiger1@msn.com or robmsmall@hotmail.com

Accommodations: There are a number of motels/hotels in the Leadville area but reservations should be made early as this is a popular summer tourist spot and Leadville sponsors many summer events.  Visit www.leadville.com  for details.

RVs Note:  Due to the availability of space and a working railroad with much MOW activity, parking space for overnight camping at the roundhouse/Set on area  is minimal and strictly limited to “dry camping”. There are NO facilities such as electricity, water, toilet etc.  Let us know if you plan on dry camping at the roundhouse area.   There are a number of area campgrounds which may be able to provide these amenities if  water/electricity camping is desired.  There is a City sponsored pay for use RV dump station on the west end of Leadville as you exit town.

Leadville , Colorado and Southern RR ( to ride the train) :  Details on the Leadville, Colorado and Southern RR are available at www.leadville-train.com. For those of you who may be interested in riding the train, it’s a beautiful ride.   Contact the EC for further questions and to determine any potential train ride/Motor car ride conflicts.

Additional Notes:  This is a very high altitude run. We will be operating from an elevation of 10,000 ft above sea level to over 11,000 feet. Grades vary between 0 and 2%. A typical car can lose in excess of 30 % of its sea level horsepower rating at this altitude. Although the weather can be quite pleasant, changeable weather from summer highs of 75ºF to freezing winter weather conditions can occur in short periods of time along our route. Heavy afternoon thunderstorms are possible.  Hypothermia is a very distinct possibility. Dress and plan accordingly. We will be on the mountain for extended lengths of time at times with no availability of food or drink. Restroom facilities are limited to local area businesses or to the “Great Outdoors” .

We must stay on the Railroad Right of way near the Climax mine at Storke Curve.  Do not remove any Railroad property without permission of the EC or his assistant. Federal No Smoking rules may be in effect on the Railroad as it is in a National Forest.
 
Other:
Note:  TURNING A CAR:   Due to the nature of our mountain environment and this RR, turning areas are not always optimum. There are no wyes, loops or other convenient means to turn a car.   Conditions may vary from snow and ice to loose rock, soil and mud to hard packed road surface.  In addition physical limitations of various individuals may preclude necessary manual labor required to turn a car.  This is particularly true for a heavy gang car. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONSIDER A LIFTING AND TURNING DEVICE FOR YOUR CAR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE OTHER MEANS TO TURN IT.

RULE of THUMB:  “How would I turn this car if I was the only one available?”
 
A Registration form follows on the next page: 

Registration and payment should be mailed to:  
 
Rob Small:  Asst. to the EC
726 Oak Ct.
New Castle, CO.81647
970 618 0137
Email:  robmsmall@hotmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

Registration information:  

Name of RR:______________________________________________

Date(s)__________________________________________________

Name of Operator(s)______________________________________________

Operator license #(s) and Insurance card #(s) _______________________ (Enclose copy of NARCOA current operator license(s) & Insurance Card(s)   )

Car type and model:________________________________________

Do you have and can you use a working NARCOA/FCC compliant radio on NARCOA Channel 1-3?  ______________________( wide band no longer allowed)

Contact E mail:____________________________________________

Contact Phone #_______________While Traveling?:________________

Mailing address:___________________________________________

Check enclosed and signed? ______Full payment required at time of registration.

  • Registration and payment should be mailed to:
  • Rob Small: Asst. to the EC
  • 726 Oak Ct.
  • New Castle, CO.81647
  • 970 618 0137
  • Email: robmsmall@hotmail.com

Checks or money orders for $……..70………………….. should be made payable to
Rocky Mountain Division NARCOA(RMD)            WE DO NOT TAKE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS!

Jul
28
Sat
2 Day – SLRG RR Run and Peter Yarrow Concert
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

Join RMD in a Motor Car/SLRG Railroad Mountain Concert Event with Peter Yarrow

Rocky Mountain Division of NARCOA will be operating a motorcar run on the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad Saturday and Sunday, July 28/29, 2018.  

  • Early set on will be conducted 3:30-6:30 PM in Alamosa, Colorado Friday, July 27.
  • Set on will resume 7:30 am on Saturday, July 28, with a safety meeting scheduled for 9:00 am. Departure to Antonito will be shortly after the 9:30 scheduled departure of SLRG’s Saturday concert train to Fir.  NOTE:  Saturday is a MANDATORY test run Alamosa to Antonito and return, RT approximately 56 miles.  This run features speeds up to 25 mph, your car MUST be able to keep up track speed and make a successful run in order to qualify for running on Sunday’s run over LaVeta Pass.   Return is expected around 2:30 PM. 
  • Sunday’s departure to LaVeta is currently planned for 6:00 AM (5:45 AM safety briefing). This provides sufficient time for a run over LaVeta Pass, turning cars at LaVeta, then returning to Fir Summit. At Fir Summit we will take the siding after the concert train has arrived and switched power to the opposite end.  Cars will be tied down during the concert, which will feature Peter Yarrow (of Peter. Paul and Mary fame).  Food and beverages are available for purchase during the concert. After completion of the concert motorcars will follow the concert train back to Alamosa.  Arrival to Alamosa is tentatively planned for 5:30 PM. RT approximately 124 miles.

We must not interfere with the operation and switching of the concert train at Fir Summit, thus some waiting at East Fir Siding may occur.  Should the train be late departing or arriving we will need to wait at a safe distance as directed by the SLRG escort. This will be the first RMD Motorcar run in conjunction with a SLRG concert, and has required significant negotiations and planning.  Do not contact the railroad regarding scheduling or other issues, please direct all comments or questions to the EC.  Further updates on planned departure times, set on locations, and events will be sent to all registrants. 25 car limit.

Click this link for Registration FormSLRG-Registration-July-2018.pdf

Please fill out and return the registration form with your check for $220. This fee covers the motorcar run and concert.

Questions/event registration to EC Richard Reiff

4364 Blueflax Dr
Pueblo, CO   81001
Phone  719-543-7023

Email for this event:  moonlight9444@comcast.net
Key Safety Items:

  1. All cars must be equipped with spark arrestors
  2. All cars must have a chock or chain for tie down when stopped
  3. All cars will be inspected for proper brake activation during set on.
  4. All cars running over LaVeta Pass MUST complete the Saturday test run to Antonito.
  5. This is a high altitude run, with LaVeta Pass at 9300 feet, featuring 3% continuous grades for 7 miles EB, 14 miles WB.
  6. All other NARCOA rules apply to this run.

 

OTHER RUNS HOSTED BY RMD DURING THIS PERIOD

  1. Leadville Railroad Leadville, CO A two-day event (July 26/27) is being planned for the Leadville Railroad.  EC for the Leadville Railroad will be Jerry Geiger.   The run on Friday, July 27 is being scheduled to allow driving time to Alamosa for those wishing to set on Friday evening.    See separate posting for details.
  2. Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, South Fork CO.   At this time status of the DRGRR (also known as The Creede Branch) is unknown. The railroad property is in the process of being sold, but at this time no new owner has been identified.  It should be noted that last 5 miles of this railroad has been blocked due highway crossings being paved over by Colorado DOT. Approximately 14 miles from South Fork to Wagon Wheel Gap may be available for operating motorcars.  Once this can be determined RMD will assess track conditions and if appropriate, offer a run over this very scenic remnant of the D&RGW Railroad.
Sep
4
Tue
7 day-D&S and C&T Late summer NG
Sep 4 – Sep 10 all-day
Sep
21
Fri
3 day – LC&S RR Sept 21-23 Fall Colors Run
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

3 day – Leadville, Colorado & Southern RR (LC&S RR) – Sept 21-23, 2018 Fall Colors Run
Leadville, Colorado 80461

$ 100 per car/ three days.  $55/one day

Total mileage ( all scheduled runs) :  85 ( appox.)

Jerry Geiger, EC
(719) 568-7966
E mail: jerryggeiger1@msn.com
 
Rob Small, Asst. to EC
(970 618 0137
E mail:  robmsmall@hotmail.com
 
BE CERTAIN TO READ ALL AND CHECK THIS SITE ON A REGULAR BASIS FOR CHANGES
Gang cars/Hy-rails: Unfortunately on this Fall Colors run,  larger gang types of cars or Hy-rails cannot be accommodated.    If you have questions please call  EC Jerry Geiger 719 568 7966 to discuss.
 
Safety briefings must be attended by all participants and Releases signed by ALL.

Overview: This railroad will traverse approximately  twenty  plus miles per round trip of rugged mountain railroading  on the highest altitude adhesion railroad in North America. We will be starting at the historic Denver and South Park Pacific roundhouse yards and travel easterly along the old narrow gauge route of that railroad established in the 1880s.  Spectacular scenery will abound during the entire run. We will be stopping just short of the world famous Climax Molybdenum Mine which is again active as a surface mining operation.  Various stops will be made on the run to view items of interest and for photo opportunities.

SCHEDULE:    Note: this schedule is tentative and depends on railroad and weather or other “Act of God” activities.  The weekend activity will consist of the 4 following segments on the dates shown.  It may be necessary to adjust these times and activities according to operating conditions.

SET ON:  Friday,  Sept. 21:   09:30am to 3:30 pm.  Set on near the LC&S RR roundhouse as directed by EC or assistants .  (See  Set On directions as outlined following schedule below . Other set on times may be possible. See below)

First run; Friday Sept 21:   PM   ( set on ends at 3:30pm)   Safety briefing at 4:00 pm.   (Note all participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases). Departure will be as soon as the LC&S RR gives us clearance.    Return to Leadville yards and tie up for the night.  No group  activities are planned for this evening.

Second run: Saturday Sept 22  AM:    This second run will depart before the LC&S RR morning passenger train.  Safety briefing at 8:30 am.  All participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases.  Departure after the safety meeting.  Return to Leadville yards for lunch on your own and a rest period.

Third run: Saturday  Sept 22  PM:  This third segment of the weekend run will allow more time for photographs  or to observe portions of the RR more closelySafety briefing at 4:00 pm.        All participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases. Departure will be as soon as the LC&S RR has given us clearance.   Return to Leadville yards and tie up for the night.  No other group activities are planned for this evening.

Final run: Sunday Sept 23  AM: This final segment of the run will depart before the LC&S RR morning passenger train.  Safety briefing at 8:30 am.  All participants MUST attend the safety meeting and sign releases. Departure after the safety meeting.   Upon return to the Leadville yards, Setoff  activities will conclude this Fall colors  run on the LC&S RR. .

For those of you who may be interested in riding the train, it’s a beautiful ride.   Tickets can be obtained from the LC&S RR.  Contact the EC for further details on scheduling. Details on the Leadville, Colorado and Southern RR are available at: www.leadville-train.com.

 

General rules: The run is open to all NARCOA compliant cars with current licensed and insured operators.

The latest NARCOA Releases will be required to be signed by all participants on railroad property regardless of  activity  status.

This is a NARCOA insured excursion and all rules and regulations for NARCOA apply.

USFS approved spark arresters are required.

Wheel chocks or some sort of blocking device are mandatory.  Use this device anytime you leave the car unattended. It must be removable to allow your car to be moved if you are not in attendance. 

It is highly recommended that your car be equipped with a turning device as manual labor and track conditions may preclude turning the car by hand ( see note at end of posting information) . 

This is an active railroad with passenger train traffic and work activity  with  single track  alignment and at times we will be operating with passenger train or other activity.  The  “O Breakdown rule” will be strictly enforced on most run segments.

Car Inspections:  A limited car inspection will be conducted by the EC or his assistants.  Have your paperwork in order and an inspection form completed and your car ready for the inspector. The standard NARCOA inspection form in abbreviated format will be followed BUT it will still be the responsibility of the operating individual to verify that their car meets ALL NARCOA requirements and passes the operator conducted NARCOA inspection.      

 SET ON LOCATION: ( General Area)  Our set on location will be at the LC&S RR roundhouse yards on the north eastern edge of Leadville.  ( Map programs may or may not show it)  Directions:   Travel on Highway 24 to the northern edge of Leadville.  Look for 12th Street.   Turn east on 12th street and travel for approx. 1000 feet to Hazel Ave.      ( County road 8) which is a well used road  and turn left or north.  Travel about 3000 feet north of the intersection of 12 th and Hazel ( county road 8) and you will come to a fork in the road with the roundhouse straight ahead and two modern homes to the west. This is the LC&S RR roundhouse yards.  You will be directed where to set on.

 The roundhouse/yards are almost due east ( about a ¼ of a mile) of Safeway/O”Reilly auto parts and other businesses located on Highway 24  but have to be accessed from either 12 st or Sawmill road.

Actual set on location will be dependent on railroad  activities.  Locations may be dirt, gravel or a mixture of these types of materials.

Set on posted times: Due to Railroad activities , SETON will be limited to times indicated and will be cut-off  as posted to allow sufficient time to complete the safety meetings and prepare your car for departure.   Please be on time for set on to avoid being cutoff for that run.  Individual Set-on’s as other than noted times may be considered on a case by case basis and must be pre-approved by the EC or his assistant as railroad and EC schedules permit.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requirements for registration:

You may download and use this form:   (click here)  or on a separate sheet of paper please include the following information:

  • 1) Name of operator(s)
  • 2) Copy of NARCOA current operator’s license(s) and insurance card(s)
  • 3) Car type and model?
  • 4) NARCOA FCC Compliant Radio Equipped for NARCOA channel 1-3?
  • 5)  Contact phone numbers home and travel . (cell phone highly recommended)
  • 6) FULL PAYMENT AT TIME OF REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Make check out to Rocky Mountain Division. (RMD)
  • 7) E mail and postal addresses ( Make sure these are LEGIBLE!!!)

 Registration and payment should be mailed to:   

 Rob Small:  Asst. to the EC
726 Oak Ct.
New Castle, CO.81647
970 618 0137
Email:  robmsmall@hotmail.com

Checks or money orders for $100 for all  three days/$55  for one day  should be made payable to Rocky Mountain Division NARCOA(RMD)            WE DO NOT TAKE CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS!

  • NOTE: We will confirm your successful registration in one of two ways:
  • 1) Via E mail address ( if it can be read!….so please make it clear)
  • 2) Via postal mail IF you include a SASE to send a reply back.

YOU ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE REGISTERED UNLESS YOU ARE CONFIRMED!

  “Walk ins” :   Will be considered on a case by case basis but ONLY if they have contacted the EC Jerry Geiger or Assistant to the EC Rob Small and received prior permission to participate and have made satisfactory arrangements for payment and registration.   Showing up on the day of the run without permission or without verification of successful registration may result in your being denied the chance to participate. 

Contact information: For further information please contact EC in charge Jerry “Greg” Geiger, 719 568 7966  or Assistant to the EC Rob Small ,    970-618 0137. 

 E mail:  jerryggeiger1@msn.com or robmsmall@hotmail.com

Accommodations: There are a number of motels/hotels in the Leadville area but reservations should be made early as this is a popular summer tourist spot and Leadville sponsors many summer events.  Visit www.leadville.com  for details.

RVs Note:  Due to the availability of space and a working railroad with much MOW activity, parking space for overnight camping at the roundhouse/Set on area  is minimal and strictly limited to “dry camping”. There are NO facilities such as electricity, water, toilet etc.  Let us know if you plan on dry camping at the roundhouse area.   There are a number of area campgrounds which may be able to provide these amenities if  water/electricity camping is desired.  There is a City sponsored pay for use RV dump station on the west end of Leadville as you exit town. 

Additional Notes:  This is a very high altitude run. The Railroad is the highest standard gage adhesion railroad in North America.  We will be operating from an elevation of 10,000 ft above sea level to over 11,000 feet. Grades vary between 0 and 2%. A typical car can lose in excess of 30 % of its sea level horsepower rating at this altitude. Although the weather can be quite pleasant, changeable weather from summer highs of 75ºF to freezing winter weather conditions can occur in short periods of time along our route. Heavy afternoon thunderstorms are possible.  Hypothermia is a very distinct possibility. Dress and plan accordingly. We will be on the mountain for extended lengths of time at times with no availability of food or drink. Restroom facilities are limited to local area businesses or to the “Great Outdoors” 

Note:  TURNING A CAR:   Due to the nature of our mountain environment and this RR, turning areas are not always optimum. There are no wyes, loops or other convenient means to turn a car.   Conditions may vary from snow and ice to loose rock, soil and mud to hard packed road surface.  In addition physical limitations of various individuals may preclude necessary manual labor required to turn a car.  This is particularly true for a heavy gang car. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONSIDER A LIFTING AND TURNING DEVICE FOR YOUR CAR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE OTHER MEANS TO TURN IT.  RULE of THUMB:  “How would I turn this car if I was the only one available?”