Aug 29, 2012 7:25 PM by Siera Santos,

Train closure confuses in Canon City

It's a tale of two trains: one big, one little.

Both carry tourists. Both show off the beauty of the Royal Gorge located west of Cañon City. When the announcement came that one was closing, it caused confusion.

After the western town of Buckskin Joe's was sold a few years ago, the days of the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway, the miniature choo-choo train, were numbered. It's a small-scale train in operation since 1958 which takes passengers on a thirty minute ride to an incredible view at the edge of the Royal Gorge.

One of the Scenic Arrow's conductors, George Turner, says the miniature train will surely be missed.

"The comment I hear most from passengers is that it's awesome. It's always much better than what they ever expected," Turner says.

People are getting confused on which train is closing because of the similar names: the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway and the Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

Bob Benson is working his third season on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, the full-size diesel train. The ride lasts two hours and serves a variety of food and drinks. The tracks go under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge. Although the trains are much different, Benson says he's commonly asked about the closure.

"They're riding it now because they've heard we're going out of business," says Benson.

He tries to clear up confusion as best as he can and let passengers know it's the other railroad closing next month. The Scenic Arrow, the name of the miniature train, will take its final lap on September 30th.



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