RGS Remains

RGSrr.info - Rio Grande Southern RR


This page is meant to document what's physically left of the RGS. Although the track and much of the roadbed is sadly long gone, there is a surprising amount of equipment, trestles, right-of-way and even buildings that are still left. In fact, as of 2012, all seven of the famous Galloping Geese have been restored (or re-created) and are operating. One of the steamers operates most weekends in California, and another is undergoing a complete rebuild for operation. Who would've guessed? So - enjoy and explore!

I've tried to collect information, and link to photos and other information where possible. If you know of additional information, please email me at and I'll include it here.

In creating this page, I've been amazed at how much information is still available about the RGS, and the wealth of work others have done, some of which is linked below. The more research and info we can share, the more we'll learn about this fallen, but not forgotten, railroad.

About the photos - a few of the pictures referenced below are on the yahooGroups RGS page, and you need to be a member of the RGS mailing list to view them. That's a good idea anyway if you're interested in the RGS, and it's free. Go here to join.

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Locomotives

Name Type Build date / Use Location Pics
 
New Mexico Lumber Co
Shay #7
Lima 3T Shay

(more info)

Photo history
Built 11-1929

Last narrow-gauge Shay built

Used on the New Mexico Lumber Co's branch from Dolores to McPhee
Hesston Steam Museum
La Porte County, IN

This locomotive was owned (for a time) by the New Mexico Lumber Co, and served the McPhee branch off the RGS (at Dolores) during the time when NMLC owned and operated the mill and logging railroad at McPhee. This locomotive was used primarily to transfer cars between the RGS connection at Dolores and McPhee.

Today, the locomotive is at the Hesston Steam Museum. Back in 1985, it was nearing the end of a restoration effort when an enginehouse fire damaged the locomotive and destroyed some of the restoration's work. It's been slowly undergoing restoration again, and finally (as of May 2006), Ted Rita from the museum reports that the re-rebuild is nearly complete, and that the Shay #7 should be operating by Labor Day of 2006. See the photo from May; painting is schedule for late May.

Update July 24, 2006: The Shay has been steamed up on July 21st and run all day; only minor problems were discovered. The locomotive is being painted this month.

W. George Cook had some additional history to report. He wrote "The woman who ran the General Store at McPhee once said that the shinny engine always sat in front of the shop building and did not run to the woods. In questioning her of the general size of the regular trains arriving at McPhee, she immediately said that the Shay once came in with 26 cars as they were clearing the mill yard when the mill was down. [This had to be in the summer of 1930]. She added the trains were not usually that large."

"The engineer Mr. Green, who worked the line after the Shay departed, said the crews were fearful of using it as it was to heavy for the soft roadbed, and thought it would kill them in a roll over."

"It was the last NG Shay built at Lima. Some used to say that Uintah #7 was the last NG Shay built but it has recently been discovered from the Service Department records that #7 was a rebuild on the frame of ex-URR #3. Atchee shop was able to do nearly anything but did not capture the record book for building the last NG Shay."

Rick Henderson (of Shay Locomotives) adds that Uintah #3 (factory number sn-1513) was rebuilt as Unitah #7 in 1933.
Builder's pic
winter 06 pic
Sep 06 pic

Current pics
Dedication pics
Engine 20 Schenectady 4-6-0 Built 1899

ex F&CC 20 "Portland"

to RGS 1-14-1916

Used on last RGS run, never run at CRRM.

to Rocky Mtn RR Club 7-24-52

to Strasburg PA for rebuild 10-7-06
Colorado RR Museum
Strasburg, PA
(undergoing full restoration - to operation)

Latest updates:
Jul 2015: Linn posted the latest updates on this amazing restoration. CRRM still needs donations to fund this, btw...

Restoration notes -

Aug 2004: Rick Steele posted on the NGDF that "The RGS was trying to get all the mileage out of whatever it had. Example: When we took the main rod loose on the RGS 20 in Golden in 1966, we found that the main rod shims were not machined brass. They were Campbells Soup cans (we could still see the printing) that were flattened and used."

July 2006: Restored!? Keith Goodrich, posted on the Goat that #20 may be restored to operating condition. On 7-18, Jimmy Bluch (president of the Rocky Mtn RR Club) announced that the club has transferred ownership of the RGS #20, RGS business car "Rico" and D&RGW narrow gauge caboose 0578 to the Colorado Railroad Historical Foundation (aka the Colorado Railroad Museum), effective May 31, 2006. A phone call on 7-11-06 from the CRRM to the club informed them that a benefactor has provided funds for the restoration of #20 to operating condition - but only using Strasburg, PA for the work.

Oct 2006: RGS 20 was on a long journey from Colorado to Strasburg PA, beset by truck breakdowns, transport permits, and other problems. It finally arrived around Oct 9th.

Later, Mike Trent posted a more lengthy description of the news and #20's condition, saying the Rocky Mtn club never could afford insurance and had refused to consider restoration. But, when it donated the engine to the CRRM, that situation was changed. Mike writes: "As soon as the Museum assumed ownership, a donor gave the Museum $400,000.00 to restore it to operation and another $100,000.00 in an endowment fund to operate/maintain it."

Mike also posted a detailed description of the condition: "Number 20 has a thin boiler section under the steam dome/corroded recessed rivets (coal had accumulated under the jacket portion under the dome the resulting acid had eaten away the metal). The fire box has been patched on both sides up to the second row of stay bolts. The welding is bad, it looks like a flock of crazed pigeons did the welding. Then there is 6+ inches of lateral play in the middle drivers. So bad 4x4's had to be laid inside/outside the track to keep the drivers from dropping on the dirt when it was pushed around the tight curves to it's current location. Bob Richardson told me in the last years of the RGS everytime the boiler inspector showed up in Ridgway, #20 would be out on the line, unable to be inspected."

Keith Stamper visited recently (spring 07), and reported that #20's restoration would take about 3 years.

Jul 2007: A recent posting on the RGS Yahoo group quoted Bob Pranskatis giving an updated status: "We got an invite into the shop to look at the parts of RGS #20 and speak with the restoration staff. Boiler is off and sitting on blocks stripped with many staybolts pulled. Will need major interior work on the boiler as well as the smokebox. Staff may recommend rolling a new smokebox, but understand the need to maintain as much of the original engine as possible. The chassis appears quite small with the boiler and cab off. All the original road grime and dirt/grease was still packed up into the frame and spring hangers. Funny, no one at CRRM ever gave that part of the engine a good cleaning and painting. The frame shows several breaks with bulky welding repairs, etc. The tender tank and frame was sitting outside on a Commonwealth 6-wheel passenger car truck. The whole thing still did not extend beyond that one truck - tiny! Staff speculate 2-4 years before it leaves in running condition. Said they could do it faster but that they primarily attend to it in spring and summer, and spend the fall/winter months repairing and maintaining their own three road engines."

Numerous updates & photos over the months by Linn Moedinger and others:
    Nov 2007: NG Disc list
    Feb 2008: NG Disc list
    Mar 2008: NG Disc list
    May 2008: Entire firebox will be replaced; frame cutting work beginning; will make new side rods
    Aug 2008: NG Disc list, photos, more, even more
    Aug 2008: Smokebox too far gone; will be replaced (details & photo)
    Nov 2008: NG Disc list
    Feb 2009: NG Disc list
    Sep 2009: NG Disc list
    Oct 2009: NG Disc List
    Jan 2011: NG Disc List
    Oct 2011: NG Disc List
    Jun 2013: NG Disc List
    Nov 2013: NG Disc List
    Jul 2015: NG Disc List
    Jul 2015: NG Disc List

    Jul 2015: Tender coming back to CO for completion: NG FB List
    Feb 2017: nearly ready for return to C for Ocompletion: NG Disc List

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this locomotive.

Modern Marvels - on the History channel - featured some shots of RGS 20's repairs, on a program aired 4-7-08. They apparently don't mention that the steam locomotive in question is the #20, but a close look at the hole in the boiler being repaired, and the type of ties being worked on makes it clear, to anyone who knows the #20.
CRRM pic

NGC: pic

Travis:
  p1   p2   p3

Work photos:
  RGS list pics
  Keith's pics
  Linn's pics

Linn M 11-07:
  pics

Linn M 3-08:
  pics

Linn M 1-09:
  pics

Linn M 2-09:
  pics

Keith S 5-09:
  pics

Linn M 9-09:
pics

Matt M:
tender

Steve E:
clipper ship

Others:
TrainInc
exact replica, wood,
built by 20th Century Fox Studios
Built 1949

ex-Emma A. Sweeney
    (film - Ticket to Tomahawk)

ex-Hooterville Cannonball
    (TV show - Petticoat Junction)

currently Amador Express
Durango, CO
(undergoing a restoration)
(formerly on display in Jackson CA at the Amador County Museum, after being purchased from owners in Sacramento,CA about 1979 and then restored)

This replica had quite a life after the movie. It sat on Reservoir Hill in Durango for a while, and also on top of a hotel in Portland Oregon. In 1966, the TV show Petticoat Junction (running since 1963) decided they wanted a local replica near the studio to work with (they'd been using real equipment from the Sierra Railroad in Jamestown, CA before then). Richard Datin - who also worked on Star Trek models and did other model-building for Hollywood - also converted a Model Engineering Works (MEW) 7/16" model as a minutare stand-in for the show. (see NGSL Sep/Oct 1999). See Richard's website (defunct but archived) for photos and lotsa details!

Apparently the last remodeling of this replica was done by the boys at the Preston reform school (near Jackson?). The blueprints for its construction actually still exist, on file at the Colorado RR Museum.

Steven Torrico had some additional comments on the NGDF board. He said the director was big railfan, and that the studio spent $40,000 building the replica, intending it to be used for other films in the future. The appliances in the cab were mostly all real (for accuracy). Later on in the 1950s Fox sold the mock up to a guy that had a 1890s, gas light, "gay-ninety's" hotel in Portland, OR. called the Hoyt Hotel. The engine sat in the lobby of the hotel as a conversation piece. Later it was moved to out of doors for display.

Bill Ramaley later updated this information, noting: "In Steven Torrico's posting, and in some others I have seen, the cost of the replica is given as $40,000. Last week, my memory of the cost was $20,000. Turns out both are wrong. In the TV Guide magazine for May30-June 5, 1964, is a long article about Petticoat Junction and the replica. The price given there is $30,000. That is also the price given in Train Movies. There is some other information about Emma at that site. Good stuff." Emma, btw, weighed 1800 pounds.

Bill goes on to detail what happened after the film work for PJ: Ted Bowers owned a Mobil gas station in Culver City. Fox was selling off backlot stuff, where Emma was now in storage. Ted formed 'Tinkertown Company' and bought Emma. One day, Ted told Bob Babcock (who worked for him) to spruce up Emma, with fresh paint and all. Ted then used Emma at grocery store openings in the LA area.

Ted sold Emma to the Hoyt Hotel in Portland, OR. But, just after the sale, the producers of "Petticoat Junction" wanted to buy it. Ted did not tell them that he had already sold Emma, and stalled for several weeks until finally some sort of lease was worked out, with Ted acting as broker. (Perhaps Ted leased it from Hoyt and then subleased it to Petticoat.

As to Petticoat's history... In the early 60's writer/producer Paul Henning sold a show to CBS - Beverly Hillbilly's. That was successful, and CBS let him do two other shows, one being Petticoat Jct (PJ) from 1963-1970, and the other Green Acres (coverted from a hit radio show). During production for PJ, while looking for a locomotive mock-up, someone remembered the Fox mock-up "Emma Sweeney", now located in Portland. Henning's production company, Filmways, offered to purchase the mock-up from Mr. Hoyt. No deal, but Hoyt did (see above for details) end up lending it to them in return for screen credit each week....thus the credit at the end of each PJ episode "Train furnished by the Hoyt Hotel, Portland, Oregon."

The first two season on PJ were filmed in black & white and because of that (apparently) were never used in syndication. In 2005 MPI Media Group released a 3-disc DVD set featuring 20 restored episodes from the 1st season with triva-packed introductions by Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo Bradley) (who happens to be Paul Henning's daughter). The locomotive was used more in those first 2 seasons than in later ones. This DVD set is worth getting, the very first episode explains why the train is out there forgotten by the rest of the world. Steven asked Paul the ultimate PJ trivia question- what did the initials on the side of tender mean- "C&F.W. RAILROAD", and he said... "Why... Charlie & Floyds Wacky Railroad".

After PJ the mock-up ended up in its current location in Jackson, CA.

Bill Ramaley continues - "The trip from Hoyt to the Boys school at Preston is still a mystery to me and I'd like to know how it worked. After the boys at Preston reworked Emma, it was put on display in Jackson. It was in the open for a few years and finally had a pavilion cover put over it. At present (2010) Emma needs another facelift.
Old pic from the filming, from the RGS Tech Pg

Petticoat days:
p1   PJ site (archived)  

After Preston:
p1  

George S 2006:
p1   p2   p3   p4   p5   p6   p7   p8   p9   p10   p11   p12   p13   p14  
Engine 32 Class 56
Baldwin 2-8-0
Built 1880
ex-D&RG 77
Boiler only at Tefft Spur sawmill site, below Silverton, at MP 478.02 on the Durango & Silverton. It was part of the Rockwood Lumber Co, (offices in Tacoma) and was built by Otto Mears in 1911 to cutting ties for rebuilding the washed out Silverton line. Otto's two railroads out of Silverton, the Silverton RR and Silverton Northern RR, needed the D&RGW Silverton branch restored as this was their only access to Durango.

Besides the sawmill boiler, the remains of two Silverton RR mail and combine cars (now only sawdust) were there to see, with other loose rails and junk, and many abandoned ties from the spur, a loading ramp and old sheds. Many loose rails are on the north bank of Cascade Creek near the ex walkway bridge. The old toll turnpike is very evident along the toe of the hill near the westside of the boiler and up past the switch into the main. The switch was a #10 size frog.
NGC: pics
Engine 36 Baldwin 4-4-0 Built 1880
ex-D&RG 93
OK, so this locomotive didn't really 'survive', but a replica is being built - from scratch no less - by the Ridgway Railroad Museum. Details and the latest status can be found in this newsletter (PDF). It's expected complete and operational sometime in late 2017.

July 2017 - some updates were discussed on the NG Disc Forum.
Engine 41 C-19
Baldwin 2-8-0
Built 1881

To D&RG in 1881, as #409

To RGS in 1916, as #41

To Knott's Berry Farm 11/1951
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, CA

(operating!)
Knotts pic

NGC page:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5   p6

Steve E:
  pics

Jeff's cab pics:
  p1   p2   p3

Arthur's: pic
Dave: pics

YouTube videos:
  v1   v2   v3
Engine 42 C-17
Baldwin 2-8-0
Built 1887

ex-D&RG 420

  To Narrow Gauge Motel
  Alamosa, CO 1953

  To Magic Mtn
  Golden,CO 1958

  To display (at Magic Mtn)
  Golden,CO 1961

  To display at Woodmoor Corp
  Monument,CO 2-2-1969

  To Heritage Square (display)
  Golden,CO 5-9-1971

  To Durango & Silverton
  Durango, CO 1981
Durango & Silverton Roundhouse Museum, Durango, CO
(cosmetically restored)

This was the last engine to operate over the RGS, and was used extensively during the scrapping operations. It was moved to the Narrow Gauge Motel at Alamosa CO in 1953, but was sold in 1958 to the Magic Mountain amusement park, shopped in Alamosa apparently, and moved to the park in Golden CO, where it operated until 1969. It moved around a bit more, but eventually landed in the roundhouse in Durango, on display.

This is a pretty beat-up locomotive. John Coker writes: "The frame is reportedly broken in five places and welded back together. Also some very bad quarter-slip on one driver as well as extensive firebox work needed . Other RGS engines that are preserved reportedly have similar problems. I understand RGS 41 also has frame problems. I heard that this is attributed to the use of small engines to buck snow and their repeated use on maximum tonnage trains. Frame problems, especially, are very hard to deal with as the frame's near-perfection is crucial to the bearings running cool and lasting a while."

See my Timeline for more details and pictures of #42 during her travels between the end of the RGS in 1952 and today.

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this locomotive.
Dave: pic
Rypn.org pics
Engine 74

(history)
Brooks 2-8-0 Built 1898
ex-DB&W 30
ex-C&Nw 30
ex-C&S 30
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO

(display)

May 2012: The #74 is finally back from it's restoration - originally to operation, later downgraded to only a cosmetic restoration. But it's back and will now reside at CRRM, although it'll still be owned by the city of Boulder CO. See this thread for pictures and details. Below is some history from the restoration effort:

2004: The tender now fully restored, locomotive abestos removed, hydro-tested in 1999, mech eval. in 2000. $7300 grant received in Dec '02 for an ultrasound, paint, and woodwork for the cab; plans are to at least investigate restoration to full operation. New cab windows were installed in Aug '02. An update from winter '04 reports more funding news, the results of ultrasonic testing (the boiler is repairable!).

Nov '04: Mechnical evaluation shows #74 is restorable to operating condition for approx $255,000 and 2-3 years of work. The boiler is good, the running gear and frame very poor. The firebox needs wholesale replacement. Numerous cracks were found on the frame - probably from bucking snow on the C&S.

Jul '05: The CHS has decided to restore #74 to operation, for use on the Georgetown Loop RR by 2006. CHS had considered using #74 on the loop because... well, it's a long story. See this photo essay for photos & more info.

A more complete history is available on the RGS Tech Info pages.

Oct '06: Ryan Shofner and Mike Trent posted (on the NG Disc Group" a few additional tidbits on 74's condition. Apparently 74's chassis is heavily damaged, costly to repair. The boiler is ok, but the firebox and spring rigging need complete replacement, the driver tires are worn very thin, and in general the locomotive is very worn out. Mike notes that the C&S retired this engine as completely used up in 1943, and then the RGS squeezed out it's last gasps in 1952. So - only a cosmetic restoration is planned.

Apr '07: Jason Midyette writes that so many parts would have had to have been replaced to make this operable, that it would have been more of a replica than an original. It needs a new boiler, new frame, replacement appliances. Mechanically, there's several different sized springs in the rigging, broken drive boxes, non-existant hub liners and pins in the brake and spring rigging that resemble camshafts.
RGS Tech Pg:
  p1   p2   p3

NGC pics:
  p1   p2 CRRM pic:
  p1
Engine 346 C-19
Baldwin 2-8-0
Built 1881

ex-D&RG "Cumbres"

ex-Montezuma Lumber Company
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO

(operating!)
Dave: pic


Galloping Geese (RGS Motors)

Name Type Build date / Use Location Pics
 
Inspection Car #1 (replica) Model T Ford Converted 1913 Ridgway Railway Museum
Ridgway, CO

(replica, under construction)

As announced on the NG Disc List in Dec, 2015, the Ridgway RR Museum has begun another recreation, this time of RGS Inspection Car #1, a Ford Model T adapted by W.D. Lee in 1913, and eventually wrecked (for the final time) in 1925.

Lowell Ross began this project some years ago, and the Ridgway Museum was able to purchase it recently. There are many details and photos of the project that he posted on the NG Disc List in April, 2014. There are additional photos and details in this blog post.

The recreation is anticipated to be completed (and operable) by May 2016.
Lowell's pics
Motor 1 (replica) Buick
20'=0"
5300 lb
Org. built 6/1/31

Replica built 6/1/00

Prototype for later motors (ie, geese)
Ridgway Railway Museum
Ridgway, CO

(replica, operating)

This Motor is operable, but due to insurance costs has been reduced to a static display at the Ridgway Museum. It did operate during Railfest 2000 for testing, and with passengers during Railfest 2001. Unfortunately with insurance changes due to an unrelated incident on the Durango & Silverton, this Motor can't afford the new policies and is no longer operating.

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this goose. And the full story and photos of the original and the creation of the replica are wonderfully documented on the Ridgway Railroad Museum's website.
Ridgway pics

Dave: pic

Mario: pics

Me 07: pics
Goose 2 Pierce Arrow
32'-8"
10300 lb
Built 8/12/31

Used for Ridgway/Telluride

Used for Durango/Dolores
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO

(operating!)

Parts from the dismantled Motor #1 and the San Cristobal goose were used to rebuild #2; these parts are identifiable; there's a panel on #2 that still says San Cristobal.

A flanger brake cylinder was added by the Durango & Silverton (just before Railfest 1998), but this was far oversized for what was needed, and applied so much pressure that the truck frame twisted. Current work at CRRM includes replacing this cylinder with a truck Maxi-brake, well hidden to preserve the Goose's original appearance.

A substantial rebuild was completed in April 2007, after nearly two years of work. Included are new power trucks w/new cast & machined wheels, new axles, a new brake system, a new drive line, and even a stop light feature for the rear red running lights.
Dave:   p1

Travis:   pic

Mario:   p1   p2

Me 6/07:   pics
Goose 3 Wayne Bus Co
43'-3"
14800 lb
Built 12/2/31 Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, CA

(operating!)

The RGS replaced the orginal engine with a 261cc GMC engine. Approx 1953, Knott's replaced this with a 346cc Reo engine. In 1997, Knott's rebuilt the Goose again, replacing the Reo engine with a Cummins diesel engine (for reliability). Knott's donated the old 346cc Reo engine to Dolores, for help in restoring Goose #5.

Jeff Taylor, who works at Knott's, provided some additional details about Goose 3's restoration. He says that when the goose was received at Knott's after being used by the scrappers, all of the seats in both sections and the coal stove and bin in the rear section had been removed. The bus body (as you can see in photos like this one) had been cut when it was used to scrap the line to Pandora, near Telluride. Jeff believes Knott's installed a different bus body (since there are no welds at points where cuts had been made in the old one). Another tidbit is that the RGS really did use everything but the kitchen sink when they built these Geese; see this thread for a photo and discussion of the tie plates used in the boxcar section framing!

The front and rear walls of the passenger box are still the original wood, with no changes besides a coat of paint. Note that Goose 4 & 5, residing in harsh winter conditions, had to have entirely new passenger boxes built. The metal skin at Knott's is new, as is the roof and side-wall framing (Goose 5 re-used the original metal skin). Some of the original wood and skin are used for a number of photos framed and posted inside the goose, showing it's former life on the RGS.

The seats are all from narrow-gauge LA street cars - the Los Angeles Railway, LA's "Yellow Cars". Originally installed by past Knott's shop crew in the combine car "Calico" (now back to "Chama",) the LA Railway seats did not match any of the seats in the rest of the coaches. So inspired by #Ed Randow's use of Denver streetcar seats the first time around (according to his diary,) it seemed appropriate to instead put them in #3, which gave #3 a dose of local / California history, since that's her permanent residence now. These seats replaced the original Denver street car seats (removed and perhaps disposed of by the scrappers). Likewise, the coal stove & bin in Goose 3 are new. There is no fence around them (to protect packages from being ignited) although the fence still exists in Goose 5.

Jun 2012: Quick update - Goose 3 was scheduled to travel back to Colorado to join all the other Geese for GooseFest, but the move was cancelled at the last minute. However, the folks at Knott's did do a lot of work on Goose #3 to spruce her up - see the photos.
NGC page:
  p1   p2   p3

Dave:   p1

Steve E:
  pics

Jeff -interior:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6   p7   p8
Goose 4 Wayne Bus Co
43'-3"
14950 lb
Built 5/4/32 Telluride, CO (operable!)

Owned by the Telluride Volunteer Fire Dept
Telluride, CO


The RGS replaced the orginal engine with a 361cc GMC engine. During restoration, it was found this engine has a casting date of 1947, so it wasn't WWII surplus.

Fritz Klinke writes that "Goose #4 is owned by the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department, who maintain it as a civic responsibility. It sits on the grounds of the county courthouse. The county is looking at that site for possible underground expansion of the courthouse. A space and utilization study of the courthouse is presently (2/04) underway.

There are several discussions taking place on what may happen to the Goose, but it is not leaving San Miguel county as far as I know. There is a new county historical group that has formed, and their first area of concern has been the stabilization of the San Bernardo mill building (south of Ophir), with the hope of acquiring that structure. With that site is a fair chunk of RGS main line, adjacent to the highway. I picture ties, rails, and an operating Goose at that location. Presently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has contracted with us to do initial structural stabilization of that structure, and we are about half way complete on that work."

On May 29th, 2008 Goose 4 was moved to Ridgway for cosmetic restoration, to take place over the next 3 years. There's details & photos here.

Oct 2009: Some (see this posting) feel that Goose 4 is likely to be restored to operation. Howeer, the agreement with Telluride is only for a cosmetic restoration, but at least most of the work will be done, should a complete restoration be desired later. Let's hope that becomes the case!

May 2010: Dave Schaaf, president of the Rocky Mtn RR Club, posted the following to the RGS Yahoo list recently: "After speaking with Karl Schaeffer, who is a member of the Rocky Club and the Ridgway Museum, here below is the bit that I wrote in the February issue of our Rail Report (Karl built the re-created Motor #1):"

Karl writes: "Galloping Goose #4 has been undergoing a cosmetic restoration at Ridgway, and has now been approved for a LIMITED RETURN TO OPERATIONAL STATUS. This Goose is owned by the volunteer fire dept in Telluride, and they have given the OK to make it operable for short trips at low speeds. There are no plans to try and run it in Durango or Chama.

Nov 2010: Restoration continues, and again there's been confirmation that the Ridgway Museum folks will be allowed to operate the Goose once a year. The frieght/passenger compartment has been rebuilt, the bus body exterior has been sand-blasted and repainted, and restoration of the seats is underway. The engine has been removed and is being rebuilt in Telluride.

Sep 2011: She runs !! On Aug 20th, Goose 4's motor ran for the first time in half a century, and a couple days later moved under her own power. Details and videos are on the Ridgway Museum's site. The engine is a 361 GMC built in 1947, and likely installed when the Goose was converted to tourist duties. There are still plans for #4 and all the other Geese to unite at CRRM in 2012.

Updated! Jun 2012: Restoration is complete! Goose #4 is fully restored, and running on her own power for the first time in 60+ years. She's making her debut in grand style, at the Colorado RR Museum's GooseFest - a gathering of nearly all the RGS Geese. This is truly RGS history - all SEVEN geese are running again! There's some pictures at the NG Discussion Forum. There's also video of her backing off the truck at the museum, under her own power. So cool!
Ridgway Museum page

Camp Talk pics

Youtube: CRRM unload

Dave:   p1

RGS map pic

NG Disc pic

Oct 09: NGD pics

Nov 09: Couple pics
Goose 5 Wayne Bus Co
43'-3"
Transmission: 4-speed manual, truck type
Built 6/8/33 Dolores,CO

(operating - Goose Hist Soc)

The RGS replaced the orginal engine with a 261cc GMC engine. When restored (about 1998), this engine was removed, and replaced with a 346cc Reo engine that Knott's had pulled out of Goose #3.

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this goose.
Dave:
  pics   wheel

Dolores pics

Goose Hist Soc

Goose restored

C&TS pics
D&SN pics

Rails Proj pic

GhostDepot

Dave: pics
Fritz: pics
Me 6/07: pics

Video '99
Goose 6 Pierce Arrow
25'-8"
8700 lb
Built 1/13/34

Work Goose
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO
(newly rebuilt)

This Goose completed an extensive rebuild in Nov 2008 (see details in the Goose timeline). />

The work at CRRM included replacing the brakes with a truck Maxi-brake, and many other fixes. Here's some photos from Oct '08.

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this goose.
Dave:   p1

Bill White page

Travis:   pic

Mario:   p1   p2   p3

Me 6/07:   pics
Goose 7 Pierce Arrow '26
46'-0"
16500 lb
Built 10/27/36 Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO
(newly rebuilt)

The RGS replaced the orginal engine with a 261cc GMC engine.

This Goose completed an extensive rebuild in Nov 2008 (see details in the Goose timeline).

By Jan '05, the cab was being restored, and the work is going slowly because each piece is unique and has to be custom-manufactured. New wheels have also been cast. By Aug '08, the museum reports that the engine has been brought back to working order, and the front trucks have been installed. The rear power trucks are currently being assembled. Here's some photos from Oct '08.
Dave:   p1

Detail, Underbody photos

Bill White page

Me 6/07:
  pics


Rolling Stock, etc

Name Type Build date / Use Location Pics
 
Tender from RGS #19 Tender Built ? Remains on side of Keystone hill, on Telluride branch. It was wrecked w/Engine #19 during a run-away on the hill, on Jan 30, 1907. The tender was never retrieved.

Tom Burns writes: "When driving from Vance Junction toward Ophir, don't forget to look toward your left up on the hill before you cross the Telluride branch grade. The twisted tender for RGS #19 is still up on the hill after it ran away in 1907. This is probably one of the few remaining engine artifacts in the area that is easily visable from a public road."

Larry Spencer adds his take that actually the site of the wreck itself was further up the hill; based on the damage to the tender it looks like it jack-knifed into the locomotive. He speculates that perhaps the wrecking crew, while salvaging the locomotive, removed the trucks then shoved the tender remains further downhill to get it out of the way, and then it was somehow never retrieved.

Bob Richardson took a pile of photos in 1965:   p1   p2   p3   p4   p5   p6   p7  

Ted Van Klavern snapped a photo in 1973:   p1  

And Jerry Halbert photographed it in 1975:   p1   p2   p3  

Another from 1984: p1  

Greg Coit in Sep 2006: pics  
Pic in Ssj, p177
BC&F / Calumet Fuel Co tender

Formerly D&RG #225
Tender Built 1882 This tender was buried at the Perin Peak coal mine and used as the town water supply. That area is now a wild life refuge and sealed off during the winter.

The tender was recovered at some point, and taken to CRRM where it eventually was placed on a new tender frame for the displayed DSP&P #51 / DL&G #191.

(additional history from Mallory Hope Ferrell, NGSL Nov/Dec 2015, pg 59)
Pic in Ghost,p133
Pic at CRRM
Speeder Speeder Built early 1930s? Orange Empire RR Museum
Perris, CA
Dave: info
Caboose 0400 Caboose Built 9-1890

Built new for RGS
(by D&RG, cost $875)

Left in Ridgway after 1952

  To Clifton CO, 1973

  To Georgetown Loop RR in 1988

  To CRRM in Oct 2004
Colorado RR Museum
Golden CO

The caboose was left in Ridgway after 1952, after being used during scrapping operations. It eventually found its way to the Better Business Club in 1962, outside town, where it put on display. Later it was used in the film True Grit (which also featured parts of the depot; the caboose was apparently towed to simulate movement, on a section of rebuilt narrow gauge track, as all the RGS track had been removed at that point. Or so I understand...). In 1968, after the filming, the caboose was moved to the city park (near the depot) and put back on display.

Jerry Albers acquired the caboose and moved it to Clifton CO in 1973, where it was restored. Jerry has written a great story (w/photos) of many details about this move and restoration.

The caboose went to the Georgetown Loop RR in 1988, and saw light use for a time. In 1991 it was put on display there, and in 2003 was restored to operation (see Shane's pics tracking the restoration)

When the Georgetown changed hands (the Colorado Historical Society took over operations), the caboose was moved (in Oct 2004) to the Colorado RR Museum for storage, where it remains today, still owned by the Georgetown Loop. Here's pictures of it getting a new paint job during the June 2017 Friends work sessions. There's some additional details and updates in this post.

Bill White details:
      tech details   drawings This file is in PDF format
Shane pics:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5

Dave: pic

Bill's int pics

Me 6/07:
  pics
Caboose 0401 Caboose Built 9-1890

Built new for RGS (by D&RG, cost $875)

To Boulder, CO 1952

Destroyed 1958
(destroyed)

This caboose was purchased by the town of Boulder CO in 1952, along with RGS engine 74. Both were put on display in a city park. Unfortunately, the caboose was destroyed in 1958, by vandals using dynamite. Here's a photo of the remains from 1960.

Trucks survived, and were used under the replacement display caboose, D&RGW 04990
Later found the trucks were from D&RGW 20-ton gondola 8864, built 1887 and scrapped 1925
We do know the RGS replaced 0401's original trucks' with freight car trucks about 1950
Many details about the restoration were on the Boulder Co RR Hist Society's site, but that's
now (July 2008) offline, apparently. Work continues on RGS 74 as well.

A number of other parts survived as well, and were recently traded to be used in restoring D&RG caboose 0579.
Caboose 0402 Caboose Built 1-1891 for D&RG Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, CA Ghost Town & Calico RR

(operating!)

Jeff Taylor (at Knott's) reports that he thought "0402 had the light house atop the cupola until she was removed from service sometime during WWII. Like Jerry Albers said about 0400 she also would have been boxcar red, with a dark grey or black roof, and silver trim. The trim just above the letter board would have been silver as well. Today she has a light green interior. I don't know what colors are under that, but I have seen some yellow on the inside of the cabinet doors. Weird! As for markers the RGS should have fallowed the D&RGW's rules. I.E. red, amber, amber, amber."
Dave: pic

NGC page:
  p1   p2   p3

Steve E:
  p1

Jeff T:
  p1   p2   int1   int2   int3   int4   int5   int6   int7

YouTube videos:
  v1   v2   v3
  v4   v5
Caboose 0404 Caboose Built 1902

Built new for RGS

An interesting tidbit from Bill Beverly - he notes that the seats in the cupola came out of an old trolley. The seat was cut in half and each half of the bench was installed up in the cupola. That's why the ends of the bench seats there are so decorative. He has a picture picture of these seats in his RGS group photo albums.

Used on last RGS train 12-27-51
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO
Bill
  RGS list pics

Dave: pic

Travis:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5   p6

Mario:
  p1   p2

Me 6/07:
  pics
Caboose 0409 Caboose Built 1878
ex-D&RG 11 / 0510

  To RGS 1891 as W409

  To Narrow Gauge Motel
  Alamosa, CO in 1953

  To Magic Mtn
  Golden,CO in 1959

  To Heritage Sq
  Golden,CO 1971

  To display (at Magic Mtn)
  Golden,CO 1961

  To display at Woodmoor Corp
  Monument,CO 2-2-1969

  To a restaurant bar at Heritage Square
  Golden,CO 5-9-1971

  To Disneyland Tokyo
Disneyland Tokyo, Japan

Originally numbered D&RG 0510, this caboose was renumbered W409 when purchased by the RGS in 1891. It was soon rebuilt to the D&RG's 1892 standards, but w/ a single side-windowed cupola.

Jerry Albers reported "that the body of 0409 was completely rebuilt, and the original body no longer exists: The body of 0409 was pretty much taken apart in 1959. The end walls were kept, but the rest was re-done. The coupla was moved to the end, new siding was put on and the interior was completely gutted to make room for seats for passengers. I really don't recall seeing coupla seats when it was the resturant bar at Heritage Square."

Ed Kelley posted some additional information on the NGDF on 12-17-04. He writes that the caboose is indeed there, as a display. What's interesting is that Tokyo Disneyland's railroad is 30" gauge...the same gauge shared by Disneyland's former Viewliner and Mine Train, as well as the Fort Wilderness steam trains in Orlando. All other Magic Kingdom railroads have been 36", as usual. The caboose is on static display; it isn't used, but is sitting with several other artifacts at a sort of dummy depot/MOW shed.
Chris: pics
Coach 252 Wood coach
38'-7"
Built 1880
ex-D&RG 37 / 261
ex-RGS work car 0252
  To Trout Lake, CO residence
  To Durango (tmp storage) 1999
  To Monta Vista CO, 2005
  To Baker City, OR, 2012
  To Ridgway RR Museum, CO, 2017
Ridgway Railway Museum
Ridgway, CO
(being restored)

There's some discussion and notes on the move to the WRPS on the NGDF here, with the intent to restor it for operation on the Sumpter Valley. More recently, Tim Bain purchased the car with the thought of using it in Como, but decided later to sell it to the Ridgway Museum, letting it 'return home'. It's now there, and being restored. Details are here.

#252 had a page over on the WRPS site.
Dave: pic

WRPS: pics

NG Disc: pics
Coach 254 Wood coach
38'-5"
Built 1880
ex-D&RG 39 / 263
Used as Vance Junct depot
Don Shank
Monte Vista, CO

In May 2006, this car was traded by CRRM, and is now owned by Don Shank, of Monte Vista CO. Don created the D&RG Historical Foundation, and owns the Wagon Wheel Gap RR, where he is trying to establish a new tourist line using the old D&RGW branch to Creede CO.
Dave: p1

Travis:
  p1   p2

Greg R:   p1

Mario:   p1
Coach 256 Wood coach
38'-3"
Built 1880 (named Col. Pfeiffer)
ex-D&RG 42 / 266
  To RGS passenger service 4-1891 (numbered 256)
  To RGS work service after 1933 (renumbered 0256)
  To residence (Dolores) 1952
  Purchased by GGHS in 1999
Residence
Dolores,CO

Used for Bridge & Building crews; here's a photo from 5-23-51, in Dolores.

Jul 2008: The coach has been moved to Val Truelson's property, in Dolores, to begin restoration work - here's details.

Aug 2012: An update on restoration efforts is here. Basically, the GGHS doesn't have money or facilities to properly restore the car; they're applying for grant money to help w/ that. They DO, however, have a set of trucks now - an older set from the Durango & Silverton - good enough for display, but not operation.
Dave: pic

NGDF: pic
Coach 257 Wood coach
38'-3"
Built 1880
(by Jackson & Sharp)

ex-D&RG 43 / 267

To RGS 5-4-1891

  To D&S 1983
  rebuilt 1986 ("Bell")
  renamed 1997 ("Shenandoah")
Durango & Silverton
Durango, CO

(operating)

This is a Jackson & Sharp coach, built in 1880 (see more details at www.rgmhs.org) The RGS purchased it on 5-4-1891, and later converted it to a combination coach / baggage between 1924 and 1932. The Durango & Silverton acquired the car at some point, and rebuilt it in 1986, renaming it 'Bell', and then renamed it again in 1997 to 'Shenandoah'.
Dave: pic
Coach 260 Wood coach
39'-8"
Built 1896 (new for RGS)
  To "display" in Ridgway park about 1952   To CRRM in 1962 (trucks desired for business car B-8)
  To Huckleberry Railroad (car body only), year unknown
Huckleberry Railroad
Flint, MI
Huckleberry pics
RPO 150 Wood RPO
34'-4"
Built 1880
ex-D&RG 6 / 55
  To RGS 150 Mar 1891
  To Vance Jct (as a shed) 1904
  To USFS (still at Vance Jct) 1953
  To Bob Shank early 1980s
      (very detoriated by this time)
  To CRRM 1984
  Dismantled at CRRM Feb 2012
      (sills to C&S #1113 restoration)
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO

(dismantled)

D&RG # 6 was built by Billmeyer & Small in 1880 for the D&RG, as RPO #6. It was renumbered as #55 in 1885. It was sold to the RGS in 1891 and renumbered #150. The RGS set it out as Vance Jct in 1904, as a wayside structure. The carbody was saved by Bob Shank and later acquired by CRRM in July of 1984.

Most of the surviving iron parts were salvaged, as were the center & intermediate sills (in near pristine condition). Two of those sills became part of the restoration of C&S refrigerator car #1113. Some pieces of original 'wood' material were privately saved for analysis and study.

details / photos
San Juan / Edna / B-20 Wood Business
48'-9"
Built 1881
ex-D&RG A
  To KBF 11-51
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, CA

(operating!)

Bill Beverly writes on the HOn3 group: "She is in beautiful condition. I have never been inside it before. The first section is the galley, stove, pantry and pull down bunk for the cooking crew. The middle section is a bedroom with bed, toilet, sink, and closet. (nicer than my first apartment) The last section is an observation room with seats and tables. The wood was in excellent condition along with period lighting fixtures and stained glass windows up top. I am not sure if the stained glass was originally used, they looked like reproductions. I could have ridden around the park all day."

Note also that Edna had paper wheels while she was on the RGS. The Rico also has paper wheels, still there as she rests at CRRM.

Jeff Taylor reported in Nov 2011 that Edna was repainted, 11 years after Knott's restored her. This time, the green exterior paint has a clear coat over it, to keep it from fading. Jeff also found a beam on the underside with a note from an Alamosa shopping in 1927. Some photos:   p1   p2   p3   p4   p5   Underside   Roof   And if you'd like to compare, here's a picture from 1949.
Thanks Jeff !!!

Jeff Taylor took a huge number of photos of the interior; they're posted on the NG Disc Forum with a lot of notes. I've also got them listed individually in the next column. Truly an amazing restoration, and it really gives one an understanding of the 'finer things' from Otto Mears' days. I list the photos here, since there's so many:   p1   p2   p3   p4   p5   p6   p7   p8   p9   p10   p11   p12   p13   p14   p15
  p16   p17   p18   p19   p20   p21   p22   p23   p24   p25   p26   p27   p28   p29   p31   p32   p33
  p35   p37   p38   p39   p40
Ted Van Klaveren, early 1950s:
  p1

NCG pics:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5   p6

Arthur's:
  p1   p2

Dave: pics
Steve E:
pics  

Jeff: (see text)
Rico / Montezuma / B-21 / 021 Wood Business
43'
Built 1880
ex-D&RG 4 / 53 / 569
ex-RGS constr car C-3
Left at Vance Jct 1904

Some history of Rico's paint color:
When painted green (1918) - it was called B-21.
When lettered Montezuma or Rico - it was Tuscan Red
About 1933 it it became 021 and was painted red oxide as the other work equipment.

Note also that Rico has paper wheels. The Edna also had paper wheels during her time on the RGS.

Aug 2011: The Rico is getting a new coat of varnish; there's some pictures available on the Colorado RR Museum site.
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO
NGC: pic

Dave: pic

Fritz Klinke:   int

Me 6/07:
  pics
Boxcar 01789
(info)
Boxcar
40000 lb
Built 1887
Oldest remaining car in CO
Last use on RGS was in water service.

Mark Evans writes that "the 01789 car has a galvanized metal roof. That was added when it went into work car service. Many of the RGS work cars had the galvanized roof added."
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO

Many details and photos are available in a QuickPic book on this car.
NGC: pic

RGS Tech Pg pics

Dave:   pic
Travis:   pic
Boxcar / Outfit 8714
(Miller car)
Boxcar
50000 lb
Built 1910
ex C&S 8308
  To RGS 7-29-38
  To Narrow Gauge Motel in Alamosa, CO in 1953
  To Magic Mtn/Heritage Sq (Golden,CO), as a 'rider' car in 1959
  To display (at Magic Mtn)
  Golden,CO 1961

  To display at Woodmoor Corp
  Monument,CO 2-2-1969

  To dining area at Heritage Square
  Golden,CO 5-9-1971

  To Georgetown Loop RR in Georgetown, CO
    (formerly #9, later converted to 'Torrys Peak' for passenger use)
  To CRRM for storage, Oct 2004
Colorado RR Museum
Golden CO
  (owned by & painted for Georgetown Loop RR)
DenverLib pic

Shane's pic

Steve Peck '93: p1   p2

Dave '04: p1

Me 6/07:
  pics
Boxcar / Outfit 8607
(Miller car?)
(type?)
--000 lb
Built 19--
  ex C&S 8179
  To RGS (date?)
Olathe, CO

Bill Pratt reports that he believes this car to be C&S 8179 originally, as he found that number stenciled inside.

Bill later reported (in Oct '04) that the old outfit car is being rebuilt for use as a guest house. It's been covered with particle board which is in the process of being replaced with new siding. New metal roof panels have been ordered and should be put on next summer. The owner wants the reconstruction to be as historically accurate as possible. This is far cry from the early photos (see p1), when the car was just a few rotting frame timbers and bits of inner walls.
Bill Pratt:
  p1   p2
Boxcar (others)
(Miller cars)
Boxcar
(various - about 78)
Built c1910
  To RGS 7-29-38
  To Chicago Freight Car Parts (Salida, CO) late 1938
  (some) To WP&Y c1942 (?)
White Pass & Yukon
Skagway, AL

78 of the boxcars Miller had purchased are shipped to Chicago Freight Car Parts Company for rebuilding, at Salida. The US Government apparently bought some (or all?) and sent some to Alaska (WP&Y), Hawaii, and the Philippines. Silver San Juan notes that a number were sent to Alaska (WP&Y) and remained there at late as 1971, but were gone by 1975. More careful research by Mike Peltier has shone that although the WP&Y received a number of C&S cars, none of these were Miller's cars from the RGS. Dennis remembers a baggage car and tool car at Skagway, and #704 at Whitehorse. Brian says when the WP&Y went to containers many boxcars were apparently cut down into flat cars. Grant says the WP&Y currently has 4 C&S boxcars w/o numbers - possibly pictured in Dave's photos from 1996?
Dave: pics
Reefer 2101
(Miller car)
Reefer Built 1909
ex C&S 1113
  To RGS 10-13-1938
  To "display" in Ridgway park about 1952
  To a tourist line attempting to get started in Wisconsin, about (???); never left Ridgway?
  To Ft Lupton for the Sundown & Southern (Don Drawer) in 1972
  To
CRRM in 2004
  Being restored at
CRRM, 2012
       (now has sills from dismanted RGS mail/baggage #150)
Colorado RR Museum
This car is being restored now (spring 2013)! Read all the details at: NG Disc

Golden, CO (purchased from S&S for $5000)
Dave: pic
Reefer / Outfit 2102
(Miller car)
Reefer Built 1909
ex C&S 1116
  To RGS 10-13-1938
  To RGS outfit 1940
  To Magic Mtn/Heritage Sq (Golden,CO), as a 'rider' car in 1959
  To display (at Magic Mtn)
  Golden,CO 1961

  To display at Woodmoor Corp
  Monument,CO 2-2-1969

  To dining area at Heritage Square
  Golden,CO 5-9-1971

  To GLRR, rebuilt as "Grays Peak" for passenger service
  To CRRM for storage, Oct 2004
Colorado RR Museum
Golden CO
  (owned by & painted for Georgetown Loop RR)
Reed Hodgin 8/01 pic

Steve Peck 2/01
  p1   p2

Dave
  p1

Me 6/07:   pics
Stockcar 7201 / 7302
(Miller car)
AC&F Stock
50000 lb
Built 1900
ex C&S 7064
  To RGS 7-13-1938
Colorado RR Museum
Golden, CO
Dave:
  p1

Bob:   p2
Stockcar 7303
(Miller car)
AC&F Stock (?)
50000 lb (?)
Built 1900
ex C&S 7080
  To RGS in 8-21-1938
(unknown)
Was on Dallas Divide in 1976
 


Bridges, Structures, Tanks

Note - there's more information and pictures about remaining structures and right-of-way details on the RGS home page, on their Remains page. It's really great information, and includes information on how to find these sites if you want to hike in and explore them.


Name Location Condition Use Pics
 
Ridgway
org roundhouse
Ridgway, CO Gone, remains fading

Fritz Klinke writes in Mar 2006, of this area, that "the only other intact trackage I've seen on the RGS was several years ago at the original Ridgway roundhouse, and several rails were in place under a couple of feet of water. That area is rapidly being developed, and the wye area is now completely gone, being buried under new houses and streets. Little by little, it is all disappearing. Ridgway is a hot real estate market now and prices are escalating rapidly."
Gone  
Ridgway
Depot
Ridgway, CO Good, turned 90 degrees (facing north now), and moved just east and south of it's original location. It's interesting that you can clearly see the depot, already moved, painted white, and coverted to a residence, in the film True Grit, which was filmed about 1968 (it was released in 1969). What is even more interesting is that the film shows the freight house as well - still standing at its original location, and still in D&RGW colors. In fact, the freight house is used in the film. As it now longer had the rest of the depot attached, the filmmakers added a ticket window on the southern end, covering the freight house doors. The freight house survived until about 1976, according to Jerry Albers, and std-gauge track to Ridgway was removed sometime after 1977.

The depot is owned privately, but was up for sale in August 2006 - asking price was 1.3 million!
Residence ForSale pic
John H pic
Shed Ridgway Railway Museum
Ridgway, CO
Excellent, restored

This is the outhouse and coal shed, from the Ridgway depot grounds. There's a better photo, and more information, at this link from the Ridgway Railroad Museum, where it's now located.
Exhibit Me 6/07: pics
Bridge 22-A Haskill
(near Brown, CO)
Footings only

Originally 264' long and 54' high, this trestle was rebuilt in 1914, moving it slightly closer to the ranch and highway - it was then 368' long and 58' high. This photo shows both approaches (the original is on the right, as you're looking south; ranch site and highway are about 75' to the left).

This trestle was located alongside the Green Mountain Ranch, and many of the photos of it were taken looking up at the trestle from the ranch's grounds. The concrete footings of the trestle are still there, as are the main house from the ranch a couple of other buildings. The small dirt road going thru the ranch and under the trestle in early pictures is now a paved highway, going back into the valley behind the ranch site.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pcs
Bridge 19-A north of
Brown, CO
Pilings

Brian Banks found what little remains of 19-A - just concrete pilings and a few ties on the right-of-way above. It's on the west side of the highway. This was a large trestle - 286' long and 45' high.
Abandoned
Bridge (???) near
Brown, CO
Rotting

We found these pilings beside the highway, in Leopard Creek. I'm not sure what bridge they're from.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics
Placerville
Depot
Placerville, CO Good

The depot was cut into pieces shortly after 1952, part of it becoming part of the Post Office, and another part of a private home. The home is 1 block above the mercantile store. By 2004, the depot building was being used for storage and a workshop. George Cooke was able to photograph it, and even got a picture of the interior.
Workshop NGC: pic

George:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   int

J Humphrey:   p1
Sawpit / Primos
Tramway Ore Bin
Sawpit, CO Good

The depot was cut into pieces shortly after 1952, part of it becoming part of the Post Office, and another part of a private home. The home is 1 block above the mercantile store. By 2004, the depot building was being used for storage and a workshop. George Cooke was able to photograph it, and even got a picture of the interior.
Restored Me 6/07: pics

J Humphrey (before restoration): p1
Valley View
Tank fill pipe
Ridgway RR Museum, Ridgway, CO Good

This is the fill pipe from the (long gone) water tank at Valley View (south of bridge 9-A); it's on display in inside outfit car 04914, at the Ridgway RR Museum.
On display David Dye: p1
Vance Jct
Depot (ex-coach 254)
CRRM
Golden, CO
Poor

This is now owned by the Ridgway RR Museum, but for the moment it's still located at CRRM.
On display (see Coach 254 above)
Vance Jct
Section shed
D&RG boxcar #13680
60000lb Box Built 1895
A std-gauge boxcar
Left at Vance Jct early 1900s (for storage, I assume?)

This car is at an undisclosed musuem in Colorado, and is expected (as of Feb 2012) to be acquired and moved to the Colorado RR Museum in Golden CO.
Colorado Dave: pic
Vance Jct
Coal pocket
Vance Junction, CO Stable

This coal pocket was recently stabilized, and is in the best shape it's been in for years. There is a lot of new lumber, which I understand looks a little odd, but at least the structure is stable now and in no risk of collasping.

The forest service road is usually drivable all the way into Vance Jct, and the restored coal pocket and can be viewed, along w/foundations of most of the other buildings that once stood at this junction.
Abandoned NGC: pics

Mario:
    p1   p2   p3  
    p4   p5   p6  
    more pics  

Ted Wiese:
    p1   p2   p3  
Bridge 37-B Vance Jct, CO Footings

This was the Bilk trestle, a mile or two above (RR north) the Vance Jct coal pockets. It was 86' long, 27' high. Originally built as a Howe truss, it was rebuilt in 1911 and became 144' long, 31' high.
Abandoned From RGS Homepage:
pic
Bridge 44-A Ophir, CO Timber pile

This was the Butterfly trestle, just below (RR north) of the Ophir low line. It was 338' long, 60' high, and crossed Lake Fork. It was about about 1971, then deemed a hazard and dismantled.
Abandoned Ted Wiese:
photos  
Dave:
Pics  
Ophir lowline Ophir, CO Abandoned grade

The grade leading to the huge bridge 45-A, wrapping around approximately below bridge 46-A on the highline above.
Abandoned Dave 2005:   p1
Gilton Club Ophir, CO This building is easily identifable in the old photos of Ophir. Although the new highway has obliterated most of the Ophir depot grounds and surround area, this building survived. Residence George: pic

NGC: pic

Me 6/07: pic
Bridge 45-A Ophir, CO Collasped

This was the huge trestle at Ophir Loop, just below (RR north) of the depot grounds. It was 476' long, 96' high, and crossed Howard Fork.

Large areas around this trestle have been reclaimed due to contamination from mining operations that were running after the RGS was abandoned. The northern (lower) end of the trestle has many remains of the bents still laying on the ground (in 2007). The southern (upper, or depot) end has the huge footers way down in the canyon by the Howard Fork creek still in place, and many of the old bridge timbers are lying there in a huge pile as well.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics
Bridge 46-A Ophir, CO Footings only

The first of the Ophir highline bridges, it 62' long and 30' high.
Abandoned

Paul 2004:   pics

Ron 1990 or 2001:
  p1   p2
Bridge 46-B Ophir, CO Footings only

The second of the Ophir highline bridges, it was 102' long and 35' high.
Abandoned Dave 2005:
  pic

Paul 2004:   pics

Ron 1990 or 2001:
  p1
Bridge 46-C Ophir, CO Footings only

The third of the Ophir highline bridges, it was 151' long and 42' high.
Abandoned Dave 2005:
  pics
Bridge 46-D Ophir, CO Footings only

The fourth of the Ophir highline bridges, it was 354' long and 76' high.
Abandoned Dave 2005:
  pics   nearby
Bridge 46-E Ophir, CO Footings only

The fifth of the Ophir highline bridges, 216' long and 26' high.
Abandoned Me 6/07:   pics

Ron 1990 or 2001:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6   p7
Bridge 46-F Ophir, CO Footings only

The sixth and last of the Ophir highline bridges, it was 172' long and 21' high.
Abandoned Me 6/07:   pics

Dave 2005:
  p1

Ron 1990 or 2001:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6
Mill Matterhorn, CO This was a large ore-processing mill, sitting on a spur of the RGS mainline just south of Ophir. It still stands today. The spur to the mill is a dirt road now, and the nearby RGS main goes through the area in a cut; the mill installed a conveyor in this cut after abandonment. Abandoned Hart 8/06:
  p1   p2   p3 Me 6/07:
  pics
Bridge 51-A Trout Lake, CO Restored

This trestle is 109' long and 35' high.

6/15/04: Fritz Klinke reports that after 9 years of seeking funding, work will begin in July 2004 to stabilize this trestle, after meeting w/the Forest Service, San Miguel County and the Colorado Historical Society. Money is coming from the Scenic Byways program of Colorado's State Historical Fund. The project will rebuild only a portion (perhaps 5 bents), while the other bents and redecking await further funding.

6/28/04: The Forest Service has cleared out old growth around the trestle, giving the best view of it since RGS days.

9/9/04: The Forest Service has begun work at the footings. Fritz took a photo of the work in Oct.

10/7/05: And a friend of Ted Wiese took another photo (Yahoo membership req'd to view)
Abandoned NGC page:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5   p6

Dave 2005: pics map

Mario 2004: p1   p2  

June/July 2004:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5

George 10/05:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5

Me 6/07:   pics
Telluride
Depot
Telluride Good condition. Currently (spring 6/07) the building is empty and has no tenants, although it once housed a a microbrewery/sestaurant (around 1996/97) and later just a restaurant (around 2005). As of May 2007, it has been acquired by the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and will remain open to the public.

Here's a picture of the depot, in very rundown condition, from the mid-1980s.
Remodeled Mario:
  p1   p2   p3

Fallen Flag pic

RGS map:
  p1-1974
  p2-c2001

Me 6/07:   pics

RR adv:   pic
Trout Lake
Water Tank
Trout Lake, CO Good Abandoned Mario:
  p1   p2   p3

Dave: pics

GhostDepot pics:
  p1   p2   p3
  frame   ctr
  joist   foot
  spout

George 10/05:
  pic

NG Circle:
  main pg   p1   p2   p3   p4   p5   p6

Me 6/07:   pics
Bridge 52-A near Lizard Head, CO Rotting Timbers

Tom Casper has identified this as a bridge on the route from Trout Lake to Lizard Head; I think it's probably 52-A, which was 32' long and 5' high. Tom says there's a road bridge there today, that can be driven over; this bridge was out-of-service for a while (prior to 2009).
Gone! p1  
Bridge 58-A Gallagher, CO This is the site of the large Gallagher trestles, 57-A, 57-B and 58-A. Abandoned Dave 2005:
  pics   more
Ore Bin Rico, CO Intact

Up on the Enterprise branch (still drivable - it's all dirt roads today), you can view the intact ore bin the Union Carbonate mine, which itself is locate far above the ROW across a gulch. The bin and cables are still in place. This sat on the RGS branch to Enterprise, and was used to transfer ore into railroad cars. The road here is the old Rio Grande Southern right-of-way.
Abandoned Steven H pic
Rico
Depot
Rico, CO Gone

However, in a truly amazing example of the scope of RGS influence, the city of Elgin,IL built a new commuter rail depot modeled after Rico's depot. Andy Roth and 3 co-workers design and built railroad depots in the Chicago area. Josel Gonzalez was managing the Elgin project, and after discussing the architectural look for Elgin's new depot, Josel told the architect to design station that looked like the G-scale Rico Depot he has on his desk. Elgin upgraded a number of features, but the resemblance is uncanny. Amazing...
Original - gone
Elgin's - in use
Rico's depot:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5

Elgin's depot:
  p1
Rico
Engine House
Rico, CO Gone! But the footings can still be found w/a little exploration. Torn down (anybody have pics?)
Rico
Outhouse
Rico, CO Stable
Coming into the Rico depot grounds from the north, as you drive down the hillside, you'll see this RGS outhouse on your left, still standing and with 'RGS' lettering still clearly visible. I'm not sure if this came from the depot or the engine house area.
??? John:
  pics
Rico
Water Tank
Rico, CO Poor

But a restoration project was approved in Feb 2003. Fritz Klinke's company from Silverton will be doing the work. 4/13/04 - update, grants have been received from the Colorado State Historical fund and work has begun. Apparently, the town has also indicated interest in relaying some track under the tower and displaying a couple of cars. Perhaps the CRRM Goose could move there, and Rico could lay enough track to offer short rides?

Fritz Klinke is working on the restoration of this tank, and provided some photos of the work, taken by Loren Lew. Fritz writes: "The pictures show footer replacement, jacking up tank, as much as 6 inches in spots, and the new shingle roof. We completely redecked the floor that covers the tank at the top of the staves (typical of all the ng tanks--there is a floor you can walk on under the roof right above the water), replaced most of the roof rafters, replaced all the roof sheathing, applied one layer of roll asphalt roofing, then a layer of a product named "cedar breather" and then applied fire treated #1 Canadian sawn cedar shingles."

"The top is flashed with lead flashing where the ball ornament once was. We have plans to reinstall the water spout perhaps this week (10/12/04), with the ropes and chains. We also repositioned the tank bands, but the tank has shrunk so much that they don't really look too good. It would require cutting each band, overlapping the joints and either weld together or rivet, but that extensive amount of work was not included in this grant. It should be pointed out that the tank is owned by the Town of Rico, and the work was funded by a grant from the Colorado Historical Fund and the Rico Historical Society. And my company, Klinke & Lew Contractors, did the work."

Mar 2006: Fritz says his company's been contracted for a bit more stablizing work this summer, including tightening the hoops and other work. Also, Fritz writes "I have walked most of the area around the tank and there is nothing there except patches of cinders and some traces of where tracks were. The willows have reclaimed much of that area, and when willows take over, it is because of a high water table, but also causes the land to be declared wet lands, and there goes the neighborhood."

(Note - the restoration photos are the property of and are copyrighted by Loren Lew)
Abandoned DPL 1983 pic

Henry's 1990 pic

Dave: pics
  tank pg

Restoration pix:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6   p7

Rails Proj pics:
  p1
Dolores
Depot (replica)
Dolores, CO Excellent

The Dolores depot was torn down, but was rebuilt in the 1990s. It's location is a tad different (something about the town not wanting a depot in the middle of the street!). The original location was along the main line with the passenger section on the east side (5th St.) and fright to the west(4th St). The rebuilt depot is laid out similarly, but is located about 90' north and 30' east.

There's a few other minor differences as well - the windows are slightly different, and the freight portion was shortened somewhat. Dick Dorman, author of a number of photo books on the RGS, handling the design and drafting work for this new building.

2012: Some news has occurred... the original RGS order board has been returned, and is now installed at the depot. The news link has details and photos.

The GGHS provided a little history of the original depot's disposition after the RGS was abandoned: "With regard to the Dolores Depot, what info we have is that the building was split and part was moved to Lewis, CO and the rest was being used as an apple barn and the lady that had it [told] of it having been burned and [later] torn down. [There was also some news] that there was a building on highway 145 between Dolores & Cortez at the Fox Saddle shop (which has multiple old buildings on the property). One the buildings (we were told) was the freight portion of the depot. Two of the GGHS board members went and looked at it and thought that could be accurate but the property had new owners and they could not confirm it."
Museum GhostDepot.com pics:
  p1   p2   entry
  back_s   back_sw
  end_n   end_s
  roof

Rails Proj pics:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4   p5

Ted Van Klavern:   p1   p2   p3

Me 6/07: pics
Bridge 105-A Lost Canyon, CO Still standing, solid

The bridge is located on the private property - Rilla King's ranch.
Abandoned
Bridge 107-A or 108-A Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents, with a couple of stringers.

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 108-B Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents, but in great shape.

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 108-C Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents, but still in great shape.

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 108-D Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 109-A Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 111-B Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Bridge 111-C Lost Canyon, CO Rotting bents

The bridge is located on the private property.
Abandoned Me 6/07:
  pics (see descrip for bridge #s)
Mancos
Depot
(freight house only)
Mancos, CO Unknown

I've recently discovered what I thought was the Mancos depot freight house might - Google streetview is a fun way to explore; see the pictures. But, others tell me it's actually the old Mancos Forest Service office. There are rumors the frieght house porition did survive, and is located somewhere north of town, but I don't have any further information.
Good Google:
      pic1   pic2

RR adv:
    pic
Mancos
Section House
Bunk House
Mancos, CO
(original location)
Poor

There are pictures of the bunk house in Vol. 8 of the RGS Story on pages 204 & 205.

The GGHS provided a little additional commentary, noting the Mancos section house still remains (as of 2013) in a field just west of town, although it's in very bad shape.
Abandoned(?)
Bridge 125-A Menefee, CO Rotting bents, but still in great shape.

My good friend Rod snapped this picture of 125-a during the summer of 2009. The bridge is still in pretty good shape, with some of the tin flashing still in place.
Abandoned Rod 2009:   p1
East Mancos
Water Tank
East Mancos, CO Poor
Located on private property at Yoder Ranch (don't trespass!). The ranch is currently (10/08) for sale. The tank is standing, but it's leaning a little and in poor repair. It would be great if a way were found to stablize the tank before it collasped.

Bridge 131-A was near this tank, and one of Nathan's many excellent photos shows some of the right-of-way near the bridge location, although nothing appears to be left of the bridge itself.
Abandoned NGC: pic

Dave Aug 95:
  pic   tank pg

Mike Oct 08:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6   p7   p8
  p9   p10   p11
  p12   p13   p14
  p15   p16   p17
  p18   p19   p20
  p21   p22   p23
  p24   p25   p26
  p27   p28   p29
  p30   p31   p32

Nathan's trip pics

John H pic
Hesperus
Section House
Hesperus, CO
(original location)
Good

Ray Loose writes: The section house at Hesperus is the one that is still there. It is shown on page 188 of Vol. 9 RGS Story from Sundance. The picture also shows a "bunk house" but I beleive that is the section house that is still there. In the late 70s I drove a school bus and there was a Archuleta kid on the bus who's grandfather was Ed Archuleta former section foreman based out of Hesperus. He first called my attention to the building saying that was where his grandfather had lived.
Residence
Ute Jct
Coal pocket
Ute Junction, CO Gone - Torn down approx 1999

Ray Loose reports that the land owner, who is somewhat of a railfan, had the pocket torn down because he was afraid of someone getting hurt and then sueing. His driveway is on the old Ute Branch right-of-way coming from US 160.
Gone Ron '94: pics
Franklin Jct
Scale pit
Franklin Junction, CO Ray Loose reports that he found a scale pit on the Franklin branch, near the junction to the Triangle Mine. Since there's a switch tie here, there must have been a switch leading to the scale track (or perhaps the tie was from the gauntlet - used to switch cars running over the pit from the fixed rails to the weighed rails?).

Photos:
    p1 is looking west; there's a switch tie in the foreground
    p2 is looking west toward the Triangle mine
    p3 is what's left of the scale pit
    p4 is looking east
Rotting remains Ray's photos:
  p1   p2   p3
  p4
Bridge 162-B Franklin Junction, CO Robert Alford found and photographed the location of bridge 162-B. Engineer Ralph Peake was killed here on Sep 19th, 1919, when the trestle at Lightner Creek (outside Durango) gave way and D&RG #217 rolled into the flood-stage creek. The trestle was nearly covered with water, but Peake had stopped and inspected it before proceeding, and he thought the bridge was sound. His fireman, John Adams, swam to safety. Rotting foundations Rob's photos:
  p1   p2


Right-of-Way

Name Location Condition Use Pics
 
Haskill area ROW near
Brown, CO
Good

The right-of-way just north of bridge 22-A, near what was the Green Mountain Ranch, is now a trail that runs along a ridge about 30' above the highway.
Horse / hiking trail Me 6/07:
  pics
Placerville ROW Placerville,CO Good

What was once the roadbed is now the main highway through town. The ROW was very near the river at this location.
Highway NGC: pic
Sawpit ROW S of Placerville, CO Good

The ROW wandered down along the river here. The Primos tramway terminal / ore bin is located here, and is visible from the highway. The bin was restored recently, and is easily accessed on a dirt road which is the ROW for some distance along the river here.
Dirt road Me 6/07: pics
Vanadium ROW Dirt road below the highway Good

The ROW continues along the river here, on an easily-drivable dirt road.
Dirt road D Paulson- pic
Windy Pt ROW Ophir, CO Rotting ties

This area has been graded and one can ride a bike/hike from near the junction of the Rico mainline and Telluride branch, all the way to Butterfly. They have constructed a bypass around the site of Ames trestle (43-A), that you can walk your bike down and around. The footings and pipe for the Ames tank are there, as well as some of the tank bands pushed off the side of the hill.
Abandoned Ghost Depot: p1

Me 6/07:
  pics
Ames tank Ames, CO Abandoned

The ROW in this area is a footpath / bikepath today, and there's a bypass around the site of Ames trestle (43-A), that you can walk your bike down and around. The footings and pipe for the Ames tank are there, as well as some of the tank bands pushed off the side of the hill. Dave's maps cover this area as well, w/ photos.
Bike path Dale Brown:
  path   tank bands

David Dye:
  area photos
Bridge 43-A Ames, CO Random timbers

There's very little left of this bridge today, once 254' long and 80' high. It stood a long time after abandonment actually, until about 1977 when it collapsed during a wind storm. There's a couple photos from just before the collapse in my timeline entry for 1977, and a few more from 1973.
Bike path David Dye:
  p1   p2
Low-line ROW Ophir, CO Abandoned

Dave has created a topographical map of the area, linked to a number of his photos.
Dirt road Me 6/07:
  pics
Highline ROW Ophir, CO Abandoned

Dave has created an amazing overlap areial map of the entire Ophir Loop, linked to numberous photos of bridge remains, etc. Hover your mouse over the yellow dots for a few moments, to see the photos.

Dave has a larger-scale map of the RGS here.
Dirt road Mario:
  p1   p2   p3

Ron 1990 or 2001:
  p1   p2   p3   p4
  p5   p6   p7   p8


Paul 2004, Me 6/07:
  pics
Lizard Head ROW Lizard Head, CO Gone

From Brian, via the RGS Yahoo list: "Incidentally a friend of mine just returned from the area, and with proper instructions drove the grade from Trout Lake at the highway all the way around the lake, past the tank, past Trout Lake trestle, and up to Lizard Head. He said he wasn't sure where the road would come out until he came out on top and realized he had just driven the old grade up to the site of the snowshed and wye."

Dave has created a great topographical map w/photos.
Abandoned Dave:
  map & pics

Rails Proj pics:
  p1   p2

Lizard Hd itself:
  p1   p2
Gallagher ROW south of Lizard Head, CO Abandoned

There were a couple of famous bridges here, part of a large S-curve, known as the Gallagher trestles. Rails Project has a couple of photos of what might be this area today.

Dave has created a topographical map w/photos of the grade and area.
Field Dave:
  map & pics

Rails Proj pics:
  p3   p4   p5
Rico Yard ROW Rico, CO Abandoned

Here's a couple of photos of the Rico yard area, south of the still-standing water tank.
Dirt road Rails Proj pics:
  p1   p2
Glencoe ROW Lost Canyon, CO A long stretch of right-of-way exists in a somewhat untouched state, all on private property stretching from the old lumber town of Glencoe north. We hiked about 6.5 miles of this in June 2007. There's a few rotting ties, some telegraph poles, and a number of bridges. Abandoned Me 6/07: pics
Mancos ROW Mancos, CO Abandoned

The right-of-way from Mancos hill to Cherry Creek is still visible as forest road 568. The ROW can be hiked east of Cherry Creek. Much of the grade between Mancos and Cima is still quite visible and/or drivable, but but be aware that most of the line is on private land once you are in Montezuma county.
Dirt road
Gallagher bridges East of Mancos, CO Abandoned

The remains page of John Humphrey's site has some photos of the area where the ROW doubled back on itself over 3 large trestles. There's not much left, but John does have a few photos posted of the area.
Abandoned John H pics
Millwood ROW Millwood, CO Dirt road

John Humphrey has posted pictures of the ROW around MP 115 on his remains page. This was the lowest of the summits the RGS crossed, at 7652' feet, and there was a siding here, and several sawmills long ago.
Abandoned John H pics
? bridge East of Mancos, CO Abandoned

Philip Walters reports that just east of Mancos, north of US 160 and just west of Echo Basin road is a small bridge that has no track or ties, but the rest of the timbers remain. These days it spans an irrigation ditch. The bridge is about a mile east of Mancos on the left side of the road, and is easy to see from the road.
Abandoned
Grady ROW East Mancos, CO Dirt road

John Humphrey has posted pictures of the ROW between MP 132 and 137, east of the East Mancos tank, on his remains page. This is the area of station stop Kane (formerly Dix), and several sawmills long ago.
Abandoned John H pics
Porter area
ROW
near Hesperus, CO Robert Alford has provided a couple of photos of the right-of-way near Porter

Photos:
    p1 -former location of Porter
    p2 -Porter area; just around bend you can see where bridge was
Gone Rob:   p1   p2
Pine Ridge ROW Pine Ridge, CO Abandoned

Jerry Halbert has a couple of photos of the abandoned grade near Pine Ridge. Pic1 is looking toward Porter, and pic2 is a cattle guard on the old grade.
Dirt road Jerry:   p1   p2
Track scales Calumet branch / Perins Peak, CO Pits, foundations

The pits from two scales on the 4.7mi Calumet branch (from Franklin Junction to Perins Peak) can still be seen. Tom Casper was exploring the area and found both. One was located near the junction to Triangle Coal Co, and the other near the mine at the peak.

Dave has created a topographical map of the area, linked to a number of his photos.
Pits Dave:
  map & pics
Starvation Creek bridge s of Mancos, CO Rotting Timbers

The timbers from the bridge near Starvation Creek (approx MP 137?) are still visible.
Gone
Wildcat Canyon ROW Durango, CO Abandoned

It's not exactly a remains (yet), but Brian Bass has purchased 14.5 acres of land in Wildcat Canyon, about 3 miles outside of Durango; the land includes about 300-400 ft of RGS right-of-way. Brian plans to build relay track on the ROW and build a small cabin nearby, and renting it out most of the year. He's looking to see if folks would be interested in such rentals. You can contact him via

Also, Robert Alford has provided a picture of the ROW in this area.
Gone Rob:   p1
Franklin Jct area
ROW
Franklin Junction, CO Robert Alford has provided a number of photos of the right-of-way near Franklin Jct.

Photos:
    p1 -ROW about 100 yards before reaching the twin buttes above Franklin Junction; this branch line takes off just before (east of) bridge 160-A (across Lightner Creek), and (?) went to the Triangle mine area.
    p2 -mine foundations above tracks (see The Southern A Narrow Gauge Odyssey, pg 7)
Rotting remains Rob's photos:
  p1   p2


Credits & thanks

The information on this page was gathered (and probably still is being gathered!) from personal research and a number of existing web sites (which I've rather freely linked to), email lists, and friends. Their work is is deeply appreciated.

In the tables above, I've linked to other sites for specific information or pictures for each item where possible. However, those sites often have a vast store of knowledge and information about the RGS, D&RGW, and other Colorado narrow gauge railroads, and I encourage you to explore those sites more fully.

My full list of RGS links is also available.

Here's a brief list:



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