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The Georgetown Loop (Colorado) (1903)

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Georgetown is a silver-mining town at 8,500 feet near the crest of the Rockies. Hooked somehow to the rear of a four-car passenger train is a camera that pans the scenery and, when the ... See full summary »
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Georgetown is a silver-mining town at 8,500 feet near the crest of the Rockies. Hooked somehow to the rear of a four-car passenger train is a camera that pans the scenery and, when the train goes around curves, looks ahead to see the engine and passenger cars: the passengers wave hundreds of white handkerchiefs out of the train's left-side windows for the benefit of the camera. The town comes into view; the tracks are above the town, so the camera looks down on dozens of modest rooftops as it pans the area. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not for the acrophobic
15 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you consider that this was done the same year as "The Great Train Robbery" and the reports of people ducking so they wouldn't be shot, I can imagine that quite a few people thought the train might fall off the track at times. There are times where the train is either traveling across a very high bridge or it appears that there isn't much, except for a huge drop-off, on the left side of the track.

It's interesting the number of people waving their handkerchiefs out the window of some of the passenger cars. I don't know if this was still an issue in 1903 or not, but I thought early train travel had the added danger of getting burned by hot ashes or embers (maybe it depended on if the engine was burning coal or wood).

I don't know how many scenic rail lines there are still in Colorado over a century later, it might be interesting to see how that area has changed. Well, as long as you're not afraid of heights...


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