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THE GILPIN RAILROAD ERA
BLACK HAWK, CENTRAL CITY, NEVADAVILLE, RUSSELL GULCH

by Dan Abbott & Dell A. McCoy

ISBN No. 
0913582-79-4
Current retail: $85.00 (plus $6.00 shipping and handling) for a Numbered, Autographed copy of this hardbound treasure.

A SPECTACULAR ENDEAVOR~

Featuring 438 Photographs and numerous Maps in 416 pages. Topics Include:

*Five Shay Locomotives On The 2-Foot-Gauge Railroad with 4% grades to the mines.
*Detailed Gilpin RR. Maps, Mileages from the Engine House.
*Tramway Operations - Winter After Dark; Train Lengths; Run-aways and Accidents.
*Newspaper Accounts about Shaft House Construction and Railroad Expansion.
* Mining and Milling of Gold Ore.
*Gold Mining Town Structures; Main Street, Churches, Homes, Schools.
*Milled Ore Shipments to Golden Via the Colorado & Southern Three-Foot-Gauge     

A COMPANION TO COLORADO CENTRAL RAIL ROAD, this pictorial presents the Gilpin Tramway two-foot-gauge Shay steam locomotives running out of Black Hawk, Colorado, to gold mines surrounding the communities of Central City, Nevadaville and Russell Gulch. The route is covered mile-by-mile with detailed in-depth captions and eyewitness newspaper articles of the day within the text. Drop-bottom ore cars, flat cars, excursion cars and cabooses made up the roster of rolling stock traversing the 4%+ grades. Maps are profusely augmented with gleanings from numerous research trips, and provide knowledge of tracks to shaft houses on the upper slopes and mills within Black Hawk. Some 280 mines and mills were served by the Gilpin's network of trackage. A detailed station listing, measured from the Engine House, supplements information provided in photograph captions. Also included are roster charts of the locomotives and other equipment, details of the Gilpin Tramway purchase by the Colorado & Southern Railway, plus a listing of employees and associates.       

SPECIAL FEATURESA LARGE, FOLD-UP MAP by cartographer Don Griffin accompanies this volume and provides a wealth of information illustrating every known trackage extension, locations of many mines and mills and name changes and dates whenever determined.  OVER 438 PHOTOGRAPHS of the 1886-1917 time period are featured on the book's 416 pages — worth their weight in gold.

Copyright 2009 ~ Sundance Publications, Ltd. All rights reserved.

PHOTO COURTESY ALLEN GRAF
SHAY LOCOMOTIVE No. 3 stands at the mines on Quartz Hill with a new cab and lettering after turning over at the San Juan Mine in 1890.