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2012 – Fall Vacation – Part 1

On September 15th Lisa and I will take off for a nine (9) day outing that will contain a mixture of allot of the areas we enjoy and enjoy sharing with others such as yourself…

Our first stop is at as anytime we take this route out-of-town in makes for a good stopping point to stretch a bit. This is also a place where many come to Hike/Bike the Colorado Trail and during this time of year it is also a very nice place to take in the Aspen that were turning into the spectacular colors. Here is just one of many photos we would take to give you just a small hint as what the trail was like…

Aspen Colors

Our next stop will be in Como, Colorado to mainly get photographs of the hotel.  A little history might be in order as to how this has a railroad twist and hopefully I have the dates right; if not, I will correct.  The Denver, South Park and Pacific reach here in June 1879 and the Roundhouse built in 1881.  The Depot was built in 1879 and was later altered into a “L” shape and the depot today is under renovation.  The Original hotel (Gilman Depot Hotel) was built here and opened for business January 1, 1881, extended in March 1882, and taken over by Union Pacific in 1885.  Sadly in November 1896 that hotel was lost in a fire.  Here is an old photo of that hotel that is online at the The Narrow Gauge Circle website (http://www.narrowgauge.org/)

The new “South Park Hotel by the Railroad” (or also known as the “Eating House”) was built in 1897 and still stand today.  The DSP&P operated their last train here in April 1937 and the tracks removed a year later.  Here is one of the photos we took of this hotel on this day along with the Roundhouse and Depot…

Como ColoradoComo ColoradoComo Colorado

From here we head down the highway a bit father to Red Hill Pass where some of the old DSP&P route can still be seen.  The Aspen colors from here are also wonderful.  From here you can also see the “” where the old Denver, South Park and Hilltop Railway once operated that you can read more about in this blog from an earlier entry.

From here we will travel to the Fourmile Travel Management Area into an area known as Castle Gulch to view a rock formation know as The Castles.  This will be a Geology (Rock Shot) stop for mainly for Lisa but I do enjoy the geological stops as well; just don’t tell her that…

Fourmile Travel Management Area

From here we head into Buena Vista for several stops which will lead us to another place not on our original plans as we didn’t know it was there!  Our first planned stop is at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum where the Buena Vista Model Railroad Society was founded in February, 1984 until 2004.  Today the model is lightly maintained by the museum and the model is based on the “Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad,” “Denver, and Rio Grande Railroad” and “Colorado Midland Railroad” during the period of 1900 to 1920.

Buena Vista, ColoradoBuena Vista, COHO Scale

We head down the street a few blocks to the last remaining depot in Chaffee County.  We have taken photos of this depot before but every-time we were here it was closed.  This time we setup our schedule to be here when it was open and it was well worth it.  One artifact inside was the old D&RGW Depot’s desk that somehow survived and I also look a photo of a display that showed this depot being saved / moved to the location it is in today.

Buena Vista ColoradoDenver and Rio Grande Western Deport DeskDenver and Rio Grande Western Deport Desk

Now that we made it into the old DSP&P Depot we turn back to our search of the Colorado Midland Ticket office to get a photo for our records.

Buena Vista Colorado

A building that was not on list (since it wasn’t RR related) that I spotted I stopped to get a photo since it was also a nice old historic building from times long since gone by and it is a Depot; just a Stage Depot.

Buena Vista, CO

Our next structure we locate is the Denver and Rio Grande Western Hospital.  This is the second of the D&RGW Hospitals we have now tracked down that the railroad build to take care of their employees healthcare needs.

Buena Vista Colorado

Our final two planned stops took a bit of research to find as you would not know these were railroad related.  Both of these homes today were originally part of the Colorado Midland and were later moved and became private homes.  The first is the old Telegraph Office that is also known as the Key Hole house and the other is the Section House.  Both were moved to the same neighborhood in Buena Vista and today would just pass as homes and not historic railroad structures.

Buena Vista, COBuena Vista, CO

Now back to the “unplanned” stop; while at the old DSP&P Depot I ask where the old Colorado Midland Depot would have been located since the CM route was on the outside of town well above the town itself and then they would have a stage-coach that passengers from there.  This was not as good of a setup as the DSP&P nor the D&RGW but to get the train into town would have been costly for the CM.  Well, I got not only the location but told how to drive the old ROW to get to the original site as well as to remnants of a trestle.  Time to set up the Video camera to record that section of the grade and take photos!!!!  Here is a sample of some of the photos we took…

Buena Vista, COBuena Vista, CO

Buena Vista, COBuena Vista, CO

Well from here we are off to the Christmas 1806 site where Zebulon Pike stopped while surveying the  Louisiana Purchase. Not much to see put it’s still nice to stop to overlook where history occurred.  The sign itself was placed in 1964 and is still in good shape…

Zebulon Pike - Louisiana Purchase

As we head back towards our hotel in Gunnison, we stop for more Aspen GOLD shots as the trees are changing very nicely this year!

 
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Posted by on 09/15/2012 in World Tour

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#01

Lisa and I took our first major vacation out-of-town in a long time. When I say EAST, I don’t just mean East of the Denver Metro Area; but, we headed all the way across Kansas and back.

Day#01 was mostly a travel day from Denver to Hays, KS across I-70. We broke up the drive by planning several stops along the route which was heavily aimed at fining old RR structures to add to my RRAdventures photo collection. Before the day was out, I bagged 6 Depots, 1 Roundhouse, 3 Freight Cars, 1 Speeder, a Wye, and some research material.  Here is a teaser shot until I do a full trip report…

Union Pacific

Union Pacific Depot – Colby, Kansas

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning South of Town; Part II / Day#3

Day#3 and we once again drive through Cripple Creek were I stopped briefly to see how the restore of Engine #4 of the Cripple Creek and Victor RR was doing since I was last here.

We then headed to the next road that is part of the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway; Shelf Road. This was the old toll road for Freight and Passenger Wagons coming into the area during the mining era when railroads once dominated this area.

Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway

From there we stopped at Red Canyon Park but it was a bit to much 4×4 driving and hot for us this trip so we took a few rock photographs and pulled back out.

We then went to Garden Park Fossil Area and Marsh Quarry where many of bones have been dug up in this region.

This day would sadly also be the last running of the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway as Buckskin Joe park ended it’s operation. We are told the train will be moved “somewhere” in Colorado but they would not say were. Well, we bought tickets and took one last ride of this tiny train that goes to the edge of the canyon rim. A full trip report on the ride will come in another RRAdventures topic…

Back into Canon City next were we tracked down a Mining Engine and Ora Car display that sits right outside the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility.

We once again got onto another section of the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway, this time High Road. This is were many of the old Cattle Ranches were(are) prior to the Mining Era that supplied many a steaks for miners and RR employees during the mining era.

Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway

As we headed back to our hotel in Colorado Springs, I stopped in Old Colorado City to photograph the old Colorado Midland Roundhouse that has been once again renovated for retail usage.

 
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Posted by on 09/12/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2008: Escape of the DNC; Day#2a

As folks I’m sure know by now my RRAdventures website is full of Tourist Railroad shots and few real world Railfan photos. But what folks might not be aware of is that I also take time out to chase RR history and photograph those places before time catches up and they are lost.

So, this next section of our trip we stopped by and photographed many Denver, South Park & Pacific places.


Boreas Pass
Summit is at 11,481 feet

Como

Jefferson

Buena Vista
 
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Posted by on 08/24/2008 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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Video – Conway Scenic Railroad 2003

 

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