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All aboard for mountain scenery: 8 Colorado rails that take riders back in time

Back before cars were commonplace, trains transported people across the Rocky Mountain West. Today, these historic locomotives are among the favorite tourist attractions in Colorado — a state that has more scenic railroads than most others in the country, according to Royal Gorge Route Railroad owner Mark Greksa. Why are scenic railroads so popular here? Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad manager Kristen Olsen says the trains give tourists a chance to connect with the past. “Taking a scenic train ride is the best way for people to interact with history directly,” she says. Colorado’s trains enable railroad enthusiasts — from the experienced European traveler to the child going through a “Thomas the Tank Engine” phase — to relive a moment in American ...