Stairway to the Stars - Colorado Rail Annual No. 26


Colorad Railroad Museum 2005. New edition of a title first published in 1977. This edition appears expanded.

Tells the convoluted and short history of the 3 foot gauge Argentine Central Railway built from the Colorado Southern at Silver Plume to Waldorf and onward to the summit of Mount McClellan. Construction began on August 1, 1905 and the line was opened to Waldorf a year later on August 1, 1906, a distance of about 6 miles.

In its lower reaches it served mines owned by the line's promoter, but it also carried tourist traffic up to what was then the highest point in the world reached by an adhesion railway. The line was very steep but also had two sitchbacks and was worked by seven two-truck Shays. After two bankruptcies, the line was closed in 1918, after a very eventful 12 years of life.

224 pages with vast numbers of B&W illustrations. Hardbound

CONDITION - effectively brand new. This copy has never been removed from its shrink-wrapping!