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2013 – Colorado Railroad Museum – Open Car Day (AUG)

It’s another great Colorado Railroad Museum Open Car day and yes RRAdventures was there!

While we waited for the volunteers to get the cars opened up we enjoyed the D&RGW #346 make a Run-By…

UP Diner No. 4801

UP Diner No. 4801
D&RG Caboose No. 0578

D&RG Caboose No. 0578
AT&SF Observation Car Navajo

AT&SF Observation Car Navajo
D&RGW Dielsel Engine A & B Unit Nos. 5771 & 5762

D&RGW Dielsel Engine A & B Unit Nos. 5771 & 5762

D&RGW Dielsel Engine A & B Unit Nos. 5771 & 5762

Union Pacific Coach No. 5442 was also open but since we also had the opportunity to tour it’s interior at a  previous event ( 2013 – Colorado Railroad Museum – Open Car Day (MAR) ) we skipped it on this day.

Down in the basement, there was also a display going on called:  Life on Colorado Rails

Life on Colorado Rails

Life on Colorado RailsLife on Colorado Rails

Have to also stop by the Denver HO Model Railroad Club also here in the basement

Denver HO Model Railroad Club

We have not been to Buffalo Bill’s Grave for a long time so we also made a stop there while in town too…

Colonel William Frederick Cody Grave

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 8B

We head up into the canyon as far as allowed.  The roadway heading up to the dam is basically the old D&RGW Right-of-Way.

Morrow Point Dam

Morrow Point DamMorrow Point Dam

Also here is trail along Mesa Creek that take you down to river level.  We will take a short hike beyond the bridge and down stream.  In the photo below you can see the muddy water of the creek as it reaches the clearer water of the river.

Mesa Creek Trail

Mesa Creek TrailMesa Creek Trail

As we continue our Adventures we cross over Cerro Summit; quick stop for a photo.

Cerro Summit (7,959ft)

Cerro Summit (7,959ft)

Once in Montrose we head back to the D&RGW Depot; this time to tour the inside of the now Montrose Heritage Museum.  Lots of interesting stuff inside and out including a few more Railroad items.

D&RGW Depot – Montrose, CO (Heritage Museum)

D&RGW Depot - Montrose, CO (Heritage Museum)D&RGW Depot - Montrose, CO (Heritage Museum)

Baggage Cart - Montrose Heritage MuseumD&RGW Curecanti Post  - Montrose Heritage Museum

UP Caboose #25668 - Montrose Heritage Museum  – UP Caboose #25668 - Montrose Heritage Museum

We will also head over to another museum to find out it’s FREE DAY so score one for timing.  Wonderful Native America museum dedicated to the Ute Indian Tribe.  Well worth the stop!

Ute Indian Museum

Ute Indian Museum

With the day complete We make one last stop to photograph a Boxcar we have seen many time when here in town but have never stopped to photograph.  Chalk up one Fruit Growers Express Refrigerator Car now used as a storage shed.

FHIX #40456

FHIX #40458 Boxcar

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 8A

Curecanti National Recreation Area

As we approach the end of this trip we will head into Curecanti for some views along with a little historic Railfanning.  Our first stop is at Pioneer Point to catch a different view of the D&RGW Logo Peak know as Curecanti Needle.

Curecanti - Pioneer Point

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There also some great views of the river and side waterways that run deep in this canyon

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Our next stop is at Hermits Rest where you can get great views of the Rugged San Juans as well as take a hike into the canyon for those in better shape and have more time then we have…

Curecanti - Hermits Rest

Curecanti - Hermits RestCurecanti - Hermits Rest Trail

Curecanti - Hermits RestCurecanti - Hermits Rest

We will head towards Cimarron, CO as we heard the D&RGW Train Display might be up again and even though it isn’t, we catch the Steam Engine / Tender #278, Boxcar #3132, and Caboose #0577 in a back lot.  If you look at my older posts of the Display before it was recently restored these historic railroad equipment was in bad shape.

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 7c

We end this day with more Railfanning stops and to take in the wonderful nature views of the area

First stop is in Dolores, CO where we track down the old Rio Grande Southern Eatery as well as take a photo of the depot from another angle

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From there we head over Lizard Head Pass (10,222ft) and stop to photograph to RGS Logo peak

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Here is also a photograph of Pilot Knob, Golden Horn, and Vermillion Peak from atop the pass

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Onto Ridgway in hope to find the Railroad Museum open to check out the display inside – Yes, It’s open this time!

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A new arrival outside is also D&RGW #118 Business Car

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We will also track down the D&RGW Ridgway Depot as well

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Time to call it a day and head back to the hotel for the night…

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 5B

As we continue our journeys we head up to Wolf Creek Pass (10,857 ft.)

Wolf Creek Pass

We had also planned a side trip up to Lobo Overlook but we were shocked to find the gate still closed

Lobo Overlook

So down the road we went to the Charles Stith Overlook 37 27.015 N / 106 53.353 W for some great views of the valley below and the interesting geology here as well.

Charles Stith OverlookCharles Stith Overlook

Our next stop is to hike up to Treasure Falls 37 26.553 N / 106 52.639 W

Treasure FallsTreasure Falls

Time for lunch so we pull into Pagosa Springs for a bite to eat…

Pagosa Springs

It’s time for some Railfanning and this time we are off to find the D&RGW Florida River Bridge 37 12.861 N / 107 44.851 W

Florida River Bridge (D&RGW)Florida River Bridge (D&RGW)

We then head for Durango where we heard a new Steam Engine is being setup and restored in the park; Emma Sweeney.  They are doing a great job and got a chance to talk to the team for a bit while I was there…

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Time to head over to Mesa Verde National Park to get info on our planned morning hike.  This is also our first time to see the new Visitor Center..  Much larger and modern then the old one…

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 5A

As we start off our fifth day of our vacation I stop at a gas station in Monte Vista and I am shocked to see a train station where one should not be.  See, the Monte Vista depot is gone yet it looks to be right there where it once was.  Well, after some research, I had to laugh.  See, in 1953 Bob Richardson and Carl Helfin built a replica of the Rio Grande Southern’s Mancos depot for the Narrow Gauge Museum & Motel south of Alamosa.  That depot is also very similar to the one that was once here in Monte Vista.  When Bob moved the Narrow Gauge Museum to Golden in 1958, the building remained at the Narrow Gauge Motel. Sometime later, it was moved to Cole Park in Alamosa and was used as their County Chamber of Commerce building.  The city of Alamosa since decided to do an expansion of the municipal buildings at Cole Park and the depot building was in the way. SLRG purchased the building for use in Monte Vista.  Here is a historic photo postcard of the original Monte Vista Depots (Freight & Passenger) along with the photo I took of depot that now stands here today.

Monte Vista, COMonte Vista, CO

I will also get shots of RAMPART RANGE CORPORATION RRBX #2095

RRBX #2095

and of AMERICAN RAILCAR LEASING, INC. SHPX #203212 tankers

SHPX #203212

Next stop is Del Norte, CO where we track down the D&RGW Depot

Del Norte, CO - D&RGW Depot

Also here in town is Denver and Rio Grande Western Caboose #0580

D&RGW #0580 Caboose

As we head into South Fork for our next two historic structures we spot a Railfan opportunity and stop for a few photos.  We find Santa Fe Passenger Car #36, a diesel engine labeled White Satin / Brighten with what looks to be NO-1, and a old Seaboard Coast Line Passenger Car now labeled PPCX #6401.

Santa Fe #36White Satin Brighton NO-1Seaboard Coast Line / PPCX #6401

Across from them is our first historic structure we were searching for; the South Fork D&RGW Water Tank.

South Fork, CO - Water Tank

Our other historic structure we had on our search list was the D&RGW Depot of South Fork, CO

South Fork Depot - D&RGW

Today this is also used as a tourist line but they are closed so we will make plans to return here someday.  But, that didn’t stop me from taking a few photos include one of the Hy-Rail truck of the new D&RG Railway labeled the Wagon Wheel Gap Route ( South Fork / Creede )

DRG-002 / Denver & Rio Grande Railway Wagon Wheel Gap Route South Fork to CreedeNot a bad start to our day!

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 4B

The second half of the day is primarily about Railfanning; our way, which is searching out remnants of railroad history…

As we pass through La Jara, CO we stop by the depot.  When we were here in 2005 it was being used as the Town Hall but now it looks to be back in railroad usage.  This was originally a D&RGW Passenger Depot.

La Jara, CO - D&RGW Passenger Depot

We next head over to Antonito to check on the Ex-Conejos Depot that is endangered.  The stone work makes this a unique building and is worth saving so I hope someone can obtain the funds and purpose to keep it from being lost to history.

Antonito - Ex-Conejos (D&RGW) Depot

Also here in Antonito is a historic hotel that belonged to the D&RGW that was built in 1890 and was called the Palace Hotel.  Railroads of the past often owned destination hotels / resorts / ships to maximize their revenue.

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As we head up over La Manga Pass (10,230ft) we stop at the Scenic Overlook on the eastern side; nice views!

La Manga Pass Scenic Overlook

We swung over to Cumbres Pass just to see what we might catch of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad but no trains in sight.  I will take a photo of one of the large trestles near Los Pinos from afar.

Los Pinos Trestle - Cumbres & Toltec

Also get a photo of the Los Pinos Water Tank from a different location

Los Pinos Water Tank - Cumbres & Toltec

One last photo for the day would be to get a nice shot of the Cumbres Pass Trestle that I had never gotten in the past.

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That’s it for Day #4 of our nine day trip…

 
 

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