New holiday passenger train will run through Leadville at 10,152 feet

The Leadville Railway, at 10,152 feet above sea level, normally only operates passenger train runs in the summer.

LEADVILLE, Colo. — The Leadville Railroad normally runs passenger train runs in the summer, but at 10,152 feet where it snows 150 inches a year, the train usually stops for the winter.

This winter, they are running the trains.

Leadville Railroad engineer Bo Brandstetter said employees had spent several years insulating passenger cars and installing heaters so they could run passenger trains during the winter.

This winter will be the first since 1937 during which passenger trains will have run.

“We are the highest conventional railroad on the North American continent,” Brandstetter said. “And we will run in the winter.”

There are three passenger cars and a concession car that can carry 126 people on two-hour vacation train rides through the Colorado Rockies.

The train has been decorated for the holidays and is equipped with sockets and USB outlets to charge your phones.

A two-top table costs $145 while a four-top table will cost $290. Tickets can be purchased at LeadvilleRailroad.com.

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