Remembering the Royal Gorge Train

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

After more than a half century of taking visitors to a unique vantage point of the majestic Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City, the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway is expected to make its last run Sept. 30.

Greg Tabuteau and his wife Judy, decided to sell the railroad, the frontier town, and 806 acres of beautiful property to billionaire William Koch in September 2010. At that point, Tabuteau leased the land and train for two years.

He says a significant decrease in state tourism dollars, shorter tourist seasons and the lack of a local winter business played into his decision to sell.

Tabuteau says he's not sure what Koch's plans are for the narrow-gauge train, but it likely will be dismantled and moved or sold.

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