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Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

520 East Carr Street
719-689-2640

History:

On June 28th , 1967, Dr. John M. Birmingham opened the Cripple Creek and Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad for business. The CC&V RR has been carryingpassengers ever since. The Railroad has always been a family business, now operated and managed by Jim and his family. John still plays an active role in overseeing the operations of the Railroad.

John Birmingham was born into a railroad family, his father was an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad and also his grandfather. In 1965 he purchased two locomotives from the Climax Molybdenum mine of Colorado. They were located in Mexico, one was fully operational the second was 60% through a major overhaul. John spent a lot of spare time and vacations to build the railroad, he had help from his friends and family.

The gift shop and ticket office now next to the original Cripple Creek Midland Depot was rescued from the old Midland Terminal line, Originally built in 1894 as the Anaconda station, was moved to Bull Hill after the fire of 1904 destroyed most of Anaconda. It was moved to its present location in 1968. It was impossible to still find a water tower so John had one made of wood by Denver Tank and Reel and moved to its present location.



Reviews

Kent Neitzel

Rating:
Monday, July 16, 2018
This was a great ride that we got to enjoy with our fur babies. Thanks! Proud to be American and have this freedom of taking my well behaved dogs. This business is representing the ask not what your customer can do for you but what you can do for them. I also loved that the popcorn is gluten free and lactose free coconut oil. This is a great experience in my opinion. Take the time to learn for yourselves. A short train ride and opportunity to learn what was a big milestone of our history. Train travel was and is the building block of what makes this country great.

Christopher Wyllie

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Thursday, July 5, 2018
This is a "best bang for your buck" and very family-friendly event. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and is educational and entertaining. The views are great and the thrill of riding on a 100-year-old coal-fired train is something that kids and adults will equally enjoy! The staff and engineer are quite friendly and the memories will last a lifetime.

Meghann Neeley

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Friday, June 8, 2018
This was a beautiful and scenic ride on an old train. We enjoyed the mining lore and tales from our conductor as well and how close we were able to get to the sites. Riding on the train was unique as well and surprisingly relaxing. I know the younger children on the train really enjoyed it. they also have a gift shop at the station that wasn't overpriced. Definitely recommend.

Larry Miller

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
All the people giving this four and five stars are crazy. The ride was extremely boring. We could smell the soot from engine box and it was very nauseating. We were expecting a trip to Victor and back but we just got kind of a figure 8 trip that only went maybe about a mile and a half. They said there were three stops but you never got off the train, the train just stopped and you had to listen to the guy talk for a little bit. And he really didn’t say much. There was very little explanation of the sites and scenery along the way. $15 is Way too much to pay.

Alexa W.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
It was decent. Good gift shop. The train was very uncomfortable and is really difficult to restrain a baby while riding since you're falling off the seat the whole time and you've got maybe 5 inches in front of you before you hit open air. If you're into mining stuff and want to see cool mines, this is great. Other than that it's just kind of eh

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