The Bachmann HO Scale Open-Sided Excursion Car Royal Gorge models a generic excursion car that is used in the passenger car fleets of tourist short line railroads. There are tourist short line railroads all over North America that provide family fun for railroaders of all ages. The open sides allow the passenger to be outside- much better for viewing and photography than a typical enclosed passenger car.
Road Name and History:
Royal Gorge Route: In the late 1870s both the Santa Fe and Denver & Rio Grande Railroad were seeking to build a line through the very narrow, one thousand feet deep chasm created by the Arkansas River, the Royal Gorge. As was the case in strategic locations around the West, the two railroads came to blows- the "Royal Gorge War"- but in 1880 the courts settled the issue in favor of the D&RG. Originally built to serve rich mining districts around Leadville, CO, the Denver & Rio Grande Western (successor to the D&RG) extended the line over Tennessee Pass- this route became the main line from Denver to Salt Lake City. The opening of the Moffat Tunnel in 1928 greatly shortened the Denver-Salt Lake route; however, the D&RGW continued to operate the Tennessee Pass Line until Union Pacific purchased Southern Pacific (successor to D&RGW) in 1996. Union Pacific in turn sold 12 miles of the now dormant line through the Royal Gorge to tourist short line Royal Gorge Route. The Royal Gorge Route (which this product models) operates tourist trains from Canon City to Parkdale, CO, through the famed Royal Gorge to this day.
Travel Tip: A Santa Fe engineer designed and the railroad built a hanging bridge over the Royal Gorge in 1879. Reinforced through the years, the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park west of Canon City, CO, has many family attractions in addition to the spectacular suspension bridge.It is well worth a visit.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.