2010: Railfanning South of Town; Part II / Day#4

13 Sep

On our final day of this latest outing we once again headed up Highway 24 and then cut over to Mueller State Park for some more hiking. The Aspen are starting to change with the cool fall air at this altitude. The terrain here is a bit more rouged and hilly so we only took a few short / easy trails.

I did learn that here too the Colorado Midland route can be seen at various points including from the road. So, as we left the park I went to where I was told to look and sure enough there is what was called Murphy’s Cut visible from the road as the route cut through the part and over the road.

As we started making our way back home we once again stop in Manitou Springs to locate the 11 Mineral Springs the city is famous for. Found all 11 but some are now dry and others are not flowing all the well now.

Manitou Springs

From there we head back into Colorado Springs but before we get onto I-25 I learned I missed a depot from a earlier trip. Right next to the old D&RGW / CRI&P depot at Sierra Madre St. built in 1877 is it’s replacement at 112 West Pikes Peak Ave. This small more modern building used today by UP as a Freight Office was also historically the D&RGW/CRI&P depot.

Well, there was a D&RGW Engine there too that has been UP Patched (Grr!) as well as a D&RGW Caboose and you know I was not leaving without take a few shots of them too…

After that it was back up I-25 to home…


Posted by on 09/13/2010 in RRAdventures


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4 responses to “2010: Railfanning South of Town; Part II / Day#4

  1. travelwithlaughter

    12/11/2011 at 7:49 PM

    I love Colorado! I was just there last week. It was FREEZING, but so beautiful.

    • Stourbridge Lion

      12/12/2011 at 8:04 AM

      It was a bit COLD there for a few days but that’s Colorado for you! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. JHaeske

    12/12/2011 at 3:31 AM

    Sounds like a good trip. Envy.

    • Stourbridge Lion

      12/12/2011 at 8:06 AM

      We enjoy being able to take these short outings as there is so much history all around Colorado and tons of Mining and Railroad history to always explore here.


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