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Video – Pacific Southwest Railway Cab Ride

Enjoy a Round-Trip Cab ride while with me as well as seeing many of the other railroad pieces at the Campo facility as we head toward the Mexico border at Tunnel #4. In the first half I will show you a map of our location along the route as we travel backwards and then enjoy full screen view out the window as we head back toward the museum. I also included history of the Southern Pacific Diesel Engine about half way into the video. So, sit back and enjoy this ~30 minute video

 
 

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2012 – Fall Vacation – Part 8

As we near the end of our trip, we will spend Day #8 hiking (climbing) up to Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs, CO.  Once parked, I spot a few Fallen Flag Gondola’s that are tough to get photos of but I did manager to get one clear shot.

Hanging Lake Trail

As you get ready to hike the Hanging Lake Trail there is a Warning Sign.  We Saw many on the trail that didn’t read this OR didn’t care!!!

Warning Sign

As we walked along the flat section of the trail along the River you get great views of the canyon and places one can also see the Railroad tracks; not a train in sight…

Hanging Lake Trail

Once you get to the original Hanging Lake Trail Head there is a great sign on the area

Information Sign

Here is another River and Railroad shot I took but still no trains in sight

Hanging Lake Trail

Once we are deep into the trail, we could see Waterfalls everywhere and this was fall when the water levels are normally low.  This is just one of many such places we stop and took photos of…

Hanging Lake Trail

After a nice long but tough hike we reach Hanging Lake.  The last say 0.2 miles is a very steep hike and narrow so mind your footing but the destination is well worth it.  We got up to the lake early so there wasn’t too many folks there let but WOW, by the time we left it was packed with people

Found this Hanging Lake Marker on a rock near the lake edge

After getting our shots of the lake we headed farther up the trail to Spouting Rock.  It’s not much of a hike by distance but it’s a bit rocky in places so again watch your footing.

Hanging Lake Trail

By the time we get back down it’s time for Lunch and we find a spot at one of the rest stops in the canyon.  I can hear a train coming (finally!) and grabbed the video camera; waiting at this location for the Passing Train.  Will share the video later…

Video coming later :-)
Our next stop is the Glenwood Railroad Museum that is in the old depot that is now used by Amtrak.  We have been here many a time to only find the museum closed but this time we made sure we would be here when it was open.  The front section has an O-Scale/O-Gauge setup and the back section has some nice historic pieces as well as a Large-Scale steam engine

Glenwood Railroad Museum

Our last destination for the day is Aspen, CO.  We tried and failed to find the old Depot but we have since learned we were looking in the wrong place.  We did however find the Colorado Midland Railroad Bridge (39.201200° N 106.849400°W) that today is used for pedestrian crossing over the creek.  It’s right next to today’s highway bridge.

Near Aspen, CO

Only one more day left of our vacation…

 

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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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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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2006: Colorado Railroad Museum II

On August 19, 2006 we went to the “Steam Up” where they were running a lot of the old Georgetown Loop equipment with #40 doing the honors.

RRAdventures Website: Colorado Railroad Museum

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2006 in RRAdventures

 

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2006: Colorado Railroad Museum

Topic on TrainBoard: Railroad Adventures (RRAdventures) – Colorado Railroad Museum; Part I

RRAdventures Website: Colorado Railroad Museum (June 30, 2006)

Back on June 30 and again on July 2 Lisa and I spent the a good part of both weekends
 
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Posted by on 06/30/2006 in RRAdventures

 

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2006: Boulder County Railway

RRAdventure Topic on TrainBoard: (RRAdventures) – Boulder County Railway

RRAdventure Website: Boulder County Railway – Valmont

 
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Posted by on 06/11/2006 in RRAdventures

 

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