So much fun! We took the train ride and opted to pay more for the caboose. It sounds like you would miss out, but the train goes backwards first. You are the first to see and can get a personal "tour guide" in the brakeman.
We had a blast!Jenn N., https://www.yelp.com/biz/leadville-colorado-and-southern-railroad-leadville?hrid=-PGfs3zMxui2JSP6uyduKg&utm_campaign=www_review_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)