The World's Scariest Train Rides

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Dan Adler/Colorado Historical Society

Steep climbs, creaky trestles, and cliff-hugging curves are part of the ride on these rail routes.

Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado

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The Ride: In the late 19th century, when the northwestern corner of Colorado was rife with silver mines, the narrow-gauge steam train was simply a commuter route (albeit a hairy one, with four bridges over Clear Creek and steep horseshoe curves). The scariest of the bunch is Devil’s Gate High Bridge, partly because of its 100-foot drop, and partly because of how slowly the train wheezes across it.

Insider Tip: Get Rocky Mountain Low with an added tour of Lebanon Silver Mine, active until the 1880. Pack a jacket—the underground temperature dips to 44 degrees.

The World's Scariest Train Rides

Georgetown Loop Railroad, Colorado

The Ride: In the late 19th century, when the northwestern corner of Colorado was rife with silver mines, the narrow-gauge steam train was simply a commuter route (albeit a hairy one, with four bridges over Clear Creek and steep horseshoe curves). The scariest of the bunch is Devil’s Gate High Bridge, partly because of its 100-foot drop, and partly because of how slowly the train wheezes across it.

Insider Tip: Get Rocky Mountain Low with an added tour of Lebanon Silver Mine, active until the 1880. Pack a jacket—the underground temperature dips to 44 degrees.

Dan Adler/Colorado Historical Society
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