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2011: October Outing – Part 4

Today we depart Cortez and head for Montrose for the night.  Our drive will take us through Mancos, Dolores, Rico, Lizard Head Pass, Trout Lake, Ophir, Telluride, Vance Jct., Placerville, Dallas Divide, and Ridgway.  Yes, we are following nearly the entire route of the Rio Grande Southern today taking lots of photos along the way.

Our first major stop of the day is an Mancos to locate and photograph the depot…

We will pass back through Dolores where we visited the Depot there along with Galloping Goose #5 but they are closed today which is why we rushed to get their yesterday.  So, onto Rico to find and photograph the Water Tank.

From there we head over Lizard Head pass (10,222 ft) and we are in luck to find Lizard Head Peak not completely covered in the clouds.

Note the Peak in the RGS Logo!!!

RGS Logo

From here we head down to Trout Lake to find the Water Tank on this side of the pass.

The road is on the actual RGS roadbed and it looks to be in good shape so we will head up the road a way to find the trestle…

As we head down the canyon we will find an overlook where we can photograph the RGS roadbed across the canyon from the highway near Ophir.  No time today to try to get to the Ophir Loop but you can spot the roadbed easy from here.

Turning off the highway, we head up to Telluride for lunch as well as find and photograph the depot here as well.

We once again head back to the highway and look for a turn-off that will get us the where Vance Jct. once existed and see if we can find the Coal Shoots as we have no other information on its location.  We had given up hoping finding it after driving up the dirt road awhile so we turned back to the highway and through the tress we spot it and record the GPS location and get a few shots from the road; too far to hike over to it today.


On to Placerville where we will find one ruin of the small trestles still to be found in the area.

Then, up to the Dallas Divide Summit (8,970 ft).  There was a large trestle near here that sadly was lost to time a few years ago.  The only thing left near here now is the old Stock Yard used in loading/unloading into the RGS Stock Cars.

We reach Ridgway and stopped at the museum where there is various pieces of RR history to enjoy including Rio Grande Southern Galloping Goose #1 and #4.  Here is just a wide view of the area as I will save the close up shots for the full trip report.

With that we have reached the end of the RGS line and head towards Montrose.  We heard there was an antique store that has a few D&RGW Boxcars / Stock Cars so we keep a look out for it on the way towards town.  Yep, there they are, three of them including the Stock Car; all being used to hold other antique items in them as part of the store.

Once we get into Montrose itself we will also track down the D&RGW depot that is here as well.

Well, not a bad Ghostfanning version of Railfanning as we found everything we set out too given what time we had before heading on to the hotel and find someplace to eat dinner…

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Posted by on 10/09/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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2011: October Outing – Part 2

We start our second day in a bit of a fog bank but as we head into the Colorado National Monument it starts to clear.

With clear skies we spend most of the day hiking and taking in the sights

We will take the Coke Ovens Trail to get a different vantage point away from most the other tourists also in the park.

Our big hike on the day is on the Devils Kitchen Trail where we will get into the opening in the upright boulders of the Kayenta Formation.

We will get back to our hotel in Grand Junction and grab a bite to eat.  Afterwards I will get a chance to meet a fellow Railfan (Ben) that up until then I have only know via internet forums.

Afterwards I will take a few night shots in and around the depots

 
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Posted by on 10/07/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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2011: San Diego Vacation

In April we took our first major vacation in a few years and headed to San Diego, CA.

Our second day we traveled to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and take a train ride; can you say CAB RIDE!

We will also take time now and then to catch RR Depot and Displays.

Near our Hotel were a couple of RR Yards and I did get a chance to go down and catch some action.

As part of our trip we also went to Balboa Park where the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is at; VERY NICE! There is also a nice little RR ride that we took time to photograph.

Details to follow in a future RRAdventures topic.

 
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Posted by on 04/09/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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2011: Railfanning North of Town

Time for a new season of RRAdventures to begin. On Saturday Lisa wanted to get out of the house so I grabbed my camera, she grabbed some travel material and off we went for the day.

First stop is Louisville, CO where we tracked down the tracked down the old Colorado and Southern depot.

We then drive into Lyons that I have passed through more times as a kid and didn’t know the RR was ever here. Well, it did and we photographs the Denver, Utah and Pacific (DUP)

As we head towards Estes Park we stop for some mountain shots. Once in town we have lunch and some shopping then head through Big Thompson Canyon.

Still not ready to head home, Lisa suggests we head for Greeley to get the UP depot there we missed in 2008 due to A/C issues with the car.

While I was taking shots of the depot Lisa noticed some odd-looking passenger cars a block over. So, we hopped over and I also found an unknown boxcar there as well. I will share photos of the passenger cars later and maybe someone can tell me more about them…

We also spot a building labeled Greeley Freight Station Museum. I don’t believe the building is a RR Freight Depot and we didn’t have time to explore it this trip.

I will also catch a UP Freight train passing by this building and was able to switch to video mode just in time. The UP engineer also tooted the horn a bit extra for me as he passed. Nice!

 
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Posted by on 02/19/2011 in RRAdventures

 

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2009: Ghostfanning (Part 2 of 3)

Day 2 of our long weekend sees the most Ghostfanning. Our first stop is in Hartsel, CO where we stop to take several photographs of the Colorado Midland Depot, Section House, and Outhouse that still survive here.

Our next stop we will spend allot of the day at which is at Fairplay in the South Park City museum. Many old builds are either original or are builds that have been moved here to preserve them as well as help create this Ghost Town type setting. Here we also find various narrow gauge equipment as well as a engine marks as Denver South Park & Pacific #22. It’s not really a DSP&P engine but one of the same used by the RR which is the best this museum could obtain. The engine is actually from the “United Fruit Company #39 of Bananera, Guatemala

The Depot was moved here from Buffalo Springs. It was originally (1900) a school house and today holds many items from the DSP&P, CM, and C&S railroads.  The Water Tower is also authentic, it’s the RGS water tower from Ophir.

We will also walk around in Breckenridge before the rain (and snow later that night) to locate some lesser know pieces of RR history that are still here. One of those finds is this building which was built 1909 right on Main Street and was the home of J. E. Sayres; the C&S Railroad Agent of Breckenridge until 1905.
 
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Posted by on 09/12/2009 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#9

Our final day of this RRAdventure…

Since the A/C of the car remains questionable, we decide to reduce our itinerary so that we will get home before the heat bakes us alive.

We start the morning off in Laramie and as we head to our first destination we come across a UP Caboose we didn’t expect to find.

After take a few picture we head onto our first destination which is the UP Depot and take several shorts around the station. A freight train pass by but I didn’t have the video camera with me, it was still in the car with Lisa.

From here we head over to the park that is near my Great Grandparents house where I remember a steam engine that stood there and it was great to see it was still there.

We now start our trek down I-80 and make a stop just outside of Buford where the Ames Monument sits.

We now reach Cheyenne and head toward to location of the Merci Car that was sent to Wyoming. The address we had was wrong but we lucked out and found it anyway.

After taking a few shots we head over to the park near by to photograph UP #4004

From here we head over to the UP Depot and that was a small challenge based on how the station is nearly under a bridge with One-Way streets and dead ends; but, we got there after a few wrong turns.

From here we work our way over to another park to track down UP#1242

It’s getting hot and even though the A/C is still working we decided to head for home. It was a good idea as after we got caught behind a traffic accident the A/C started to act up again. We reach Loveland by lunch and we stop for a quick shot of the C&S Depot but decide to not track down the GW Depot.

Well, after having a nice lunch and the A/C still acting up we head onto home and bypass all our other planned stops.

More photographs will be coming from this trip in a later RRAdventure TrainBoard topic so keep your eye out for it in the future.

 
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Posted by on 08/31/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#8

We start out this day by heading to Walden, CO to photograph UP Caboose #25408; I wonder if folks remember looking for this Google Earth Contest location.

We then take an Auto Tour of the McCallum Field which is a nice / short 11 mile drive with stops showing the way that BLM setup to explain historical gas and oil drilling in Colorado.
We then cross into Wyoming; catching Lunch in Laramie and then head west towards the Snowy Range. This takes us through Centennial, WY where we stop at the old Laramie, Hahns Peak & Pacific Depot. It’s been moved a short distance from its original location and is now a museum.

We then reach the Snowy Range and if you are ever in this area this is a scenic drive well worth your time.

We will also find this monument to a plane crash where 66 people lost their lives in 1955.

Medicine Bow Peak

Once on the other side of the range we turn north towards Saratoga, WY where we stop very briefly at the museum there to take a few shots and continue our drive north.

We move on as the car is once again giving us trouble, this time the A/C is starting to not work right and it’s hot out so we want to get to Rawlins quickly. Once we reach Rawlins find our way to the Depot which was a small challenge.

We also swing over the the west side of town to find UP#533 which was another small challenge given highway construction.

We call it a day and head east back to Laramie for the night with a car that is like a sauna inside.

 
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Posted by on 08/30/2008 in RRAdventures

 

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