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Rio Grande Southern RR - Paper / Documents


Over the years, some people have sent me images of various documents from the RGS - service records, bills of lading, etc. Ted Klavern and his son Mark, especially, have allowed the use of dozens of paperwork scans (their collection is now owned by Richard L Tower). I thought it would be fun to share these, and I've created this page to do so. Have more? Please let me know at

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Maintenance / Operations documents:

1900s
Timesheet, Jul 22, 1911

Same Timesheet (clearer?)

Check, 1914


Another check, 1914

Delay form, RGS 2-8-0 #2
Dec 14, 1915 (her last year)

Telegram, for hurried transport, 1912

Telegram, for lost cattle, 1916

Report, daily tie-up, 1916

RGS 40, inspection rpt, 1917

RGS 40, inspection rpt
Nov 1, 1917

RGS 40, inspection rpt
Oct 27, 1919
1920s+
Goose 6, inspection rpt
Oct 10, 192x

Accident rpt, car derailment on Calumet branch, 1920

RGS 20, inspection rpt
Apr 14, 1929

RGS 20, inspection rpt
Apr 16, 1929

RGS 20, inspection rpt
Apr 16, 1929

RGS 20, inspection rpt
Apr 16, 1929

RGS 20, inspection rpt
Apr 17, 1929

Check; payment for telegraph work, 1931
1940s+
Goose 4, inspection rpt
Jul 3, 1940

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Jul 9, 1940

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Jul 10, 1940

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Jul 11, 1940

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Jul 16, 1940

Goose 2, repair rpt
Sep 1942

Goose 3, inspection rpt
Oct 21, 1943

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Oct 28, 1943

Goose 5, repair rpt
Feb 8, 1945

Goose 5, repair rpt
Feb 8, 1945

Goose 5, inspection rpt
Aug 23, 1945

Goose 4, inspection rpt
Nov 8, 1945

RGS 20, repair rpt
Nov 2, 1947

Goose 4, repair rpt
May 1951

RGS 20, repair rpt
May 7, 1951


Service / Supply documents:

1890s
Note, coal, Ute Jct, 1893

Voucher, coal, Ute Jct, 1893

Voucher, chief engineer's work, Durango, 1893

Bill, drafting services, Durango, 1893

Voucher, misc services, 1894
1900s
Bill, (not sure what this is), 1901

Bill, lock rental, 1901

Bill, supplies, 1901

Materials used, Sect 15 (Coke Ovens), 1907

Receipt, Porter coal, 1907

Receipt, Porter coal, 1909

Conductor's book, 1911

Bill, from D&RGW, for RGS portion of switcher fuel (coal) in Durango, 1912

Voucher, from D&RGW, for RGS portion of switch fuel (coal) in Durango, 1912

Bill, Special Agent Curtwright's labor, for special services, 1912

Voucher, Special Agent Curtwright's labor, for special services, 1912

Receipt, Porter coal, 1922


Shipping documents:

1890s
Lading bill, hides, 1892

Bill for voucher, oats, 1892

Voucher, oats, 1892
1900s
Recipt, black powder; 190x

Lading bill, hides & pelts, 1924

Receipt for adv charges, 1927


Ticket documents:

1900s
Ticket to Butte, MT, unknown date

Glencoe to Mancos, 1907


Otto's Passes:

1890s
Here's a set of Otto Mears' passes from his various railroads, including the Silverton and RGS. This set includes every year of the silver passes, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, and 1892. It is all from the Fred Walsen family. Fred was the treasurer of the RGS. This is from the Martin E. Hansen collection.




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