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Date: 08/04/22 12:04
Georgetown Loop #40
Throw Back Thursday Georgetown Loop Railroad locomotive #40 captured in the '90's during one of my many drives between Columbus and Los Angeles. Georgetown is along I70 west of Denver in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Steaming right outside the engine house #40 is getting ready for the day hauling tourists.
Anyone interested in a bit of history of the beast? I was surprised to find out that the locomotive is back at the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the last I had heard it had left the property years ago...
"Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1919, #40 is a steam locomotive with a wheel arrangement of 2-8-0 (Consolidation). It was built for the International Railways of Central America where it operated until it was retired in the 1960s. #40 was then bought by Lindsay Ashby and Don Drawer, who were the owners of the Georgetown Loop Railroad Inc., in the 1970s. They transported the steam locomotive from Guatemala to Colorado.From the mid-1970s to 2004, #40 operated as an excursion service train on the scenic Georgetown Loop. But after an impasse between the Colorado Historical Society, the owners of the Georgetown rails, and Georgetown Loop Railroad, the owners of #40, it ceased operation in 2004 and was placed on a static display at the Colorado Railroad Museum. This steam locomotive stayed there until 2019 when it returned to service on the after an extensive rebuild."