Air fares to distant parts of the world are fantastic value but to avoid wasting precious time and knowing where to look for the most interesting railway hot spots can be a real problem.
Whether combining a conventional holiday or setting out solely to enjoy watching trains this new series has all the answers.
Volume one of Long Haul features action from one of the most spectacular railway locations in the world, the mountainous State of Colorado USA. With huge trains worked by multiple engines through spectacular scenery this is the very essence of American railroading and is completely different from anything in Europe. You’ll enjoy the very best of railroading that Colorado can offer, including mainline action in the Rockies and impressive street running at Fort Collins plus lots of steam action.
– Cumbres & Toltec Once part of the Rio Grande’s huge narrow gauge empire this wonderful 64 mile line climbs to over 10,000 feet using Balwin 2-8-2s.
– Royal Gorge Railroad All aboard for an historic trip hauled by a distinctive F7-A along the 1,053 feet deep Royal Gorge.
– George Town Loop Located 45 miles west of Denver this engineering marvel was built in 1884. Connecting Silver Plume and Georgetown, towns over 2 miles apart, the track scales an elevation of 640 feet over mountainous terrain, requiring trestles, cuts, fills, loops, and curves.
– Durango & Silverton Enjoy stunning scenery with snow topped mountains along this fabulous narrow gauge steam line that runs for 90 miles through the rugged Animas River Canyon.
– Pikes Peak For 114 years, the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway (the world’s highest cog railroad, the highest Colorado railroad AND highest train in the United States) has taken passengers to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak.
– Main Line Action Spectacular freight on the Union Pacific main line through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, plus Burlington Northern Santa Fe action South and North of Denver, including street running at Fort Collins.