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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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2012 – Quick Lunchtime Railfanning Trip

On September 7th, I took advantage of needing to travel downtown and used my lunch hour to get in some of the local downtown shots I was missing.

My many goal was to get photographs of the “Temporary” Amtrak station in Denver while Union Station is under renovation.  They also setup a temporary platform at this location as well.

Denver, CO Denver, CO

My next two objectives are old RR structures, one being the old Denver and Salt Lake Depot and the other being the old Union Pacific Warehouse.

Denver, CO Denver, CO

With still a little bit of time left before I had to get to my appointment I would track down the old Denver Tramway Power Company Building as well as get photos of a couple pieces of rolling stock; a Santa Fe Caboose and a Trolley which is operated by the Denver Rail Heritage Society

South Platte PowerhouseCabooseDenver Rail Heritage Society

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 5

Well, it’s the final day of our mini vacation to Wichita but we have time to make one more jaunt.  We will head for Wellington, Kansas this time to track down some more SF / AT&SF / BNSF railroad structures.

Wellington, KSWellington, KS

Wellington, KSWellington, KS

Time to turn back to Wichita and head to the airport.  We will grab lunch at the airport and wait for our plane to arrive.

Wichita, KSWichita, KS

We are one again home after getting dumped off on the tarmac at DIA.  Our niece who had just graduated is there to pick us up and take us home via the scenic route,  Now if she can get a job at the Denver Zoo all would be great.

Denver, CO

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 4

It’s now Day #4 of our five-day mini vacation.  The rest of the family heads home today but we will remain to explore more of the area.  We will start off heading out to Beaumont, Kansas to track down a Frisco Water Tower that is the last of its kind.

Beaumont, KS

We now head to Augusta, KS to track down an old SLSF (Frisco) Depot as well as an old AT&SF Depot that is now used by BNSF.  We found a few BNSF critters while we were there along with some other equipment.

Augusta, KSAugusta, KSAugusta, KS

From there it is off to Winfield, KS to track down an AT&SF Depot and by chance I spot the “modern” BNSF building behind it and also catch a diesel engine that I can get a quick shot of.

Winfield, KSWinfield, KSWinfield, KS

Our next stop is Mulvane, KS where we are again tracking down another AT&SF Depot along with a Santa Fe Caboose.  It’s a museum that we knew would not be open but that does not mean I can’t take photos of the outside!

Mulvane, KSMulvane, KS

We get a bite to eat as we head back to Wichita, KS.  As the wife reminds me often; not everything on our trips gets to be RR related.  I agree and at 1PM the Museum of World Treasures opens up and it’s a very nice museum with items from many different eras so off to museum we go.  The second floor is filed with all sort of military stuff from old to semi-modern times; well worth the stop

Wichita, KS

Afterwards I drop Lisa off at the hotel as it has gotten extremely hot and she is wiped.  During our travels earlier in the day I spotted what looked to be a depot and a caboose near Douglass so I will head back out.  Sure enough I find a AT&SF Depot (which is actually a replica) and another SF Caboose; score!

Douglass, KSDouglass, KS

The caboose is actually For Sale so if anyone is interested I have the owner’s contact info.  I wonder what the S&H costs would be on it as I think it would look great in my backyard.

Well, time to head back to Wichita and take Lisa to dinner but I have still a little time to stop by Friends University to check out the campus my niece just graduated from.  I will take a few pictures to add into the video I going to make for her of her graduation.  Here is the Admin. Building that is the largest of the buildings on campus.

Wichita, KS

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 2

It’s Day #2 of our mini vacation and today we head off in another direction.  It’s going to be another clear day but also HOT so we head out early and head to the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, KS.  This “Zoo” is two-fold. the normal outside zoo and an interior Museum.

Zoo

Museum

Also at this location is the UP Tescott, Kansas Depot that today is their old ticket office for the Zoo.

Our next stop is Lindsborg, Kansas (also know as Little Sweden) to track down a MoPac Depot and AT&SF Steam Engine and let the wife do a little shopping.

We then head for Newton, KS to track down a AT&SF depot and steam engine and well we found allot more, this is a major BNSF town with all sorts of other RR things to enjoy.  Here is a few sample shots…

Our final destination for the day before heading back to Wichita is Halstead where we will track down one more AT&SF depot.

 

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2012 – Wichita Kansas – Part 1

We head to Wichita Kansas to attend my nieces college graduation and add some time before/after to make a mini vacation out of it.

Well our flight out turned out to be a Turbo-Prop but at least we sat far enough back to be away from most the noise.

We get in to our hotel close to midnight and then get up early to start our next RRAdventures of 2012 by heading for Hutchinson, Kansas to track down some depots; including the Arkansas Valley Interurban Depot.

From there we head for Fort Larned National Historic Site near Larned, KS

We then head down the road a bit to the Santa Fe Trail Center that has lots of historical stuff but not as much on the Santa Fe Trail as we had hoped but still very much worth the stop; especially since they have a depot there!  The depot is from Frizell, KS and is AT&SF

With the major outside activities done (to avoid the heat) we head back into Larned itself to track down another depot

From there we head for Pawnee Rock, KS to track down their historical depot

Our next stop in Pawnee Rock is Pawnee Rock itself which was a geologic structure that mark the midpoint of the Santa Fe Trail.  We also find a lone grave to Nehemiah Carson (PVT Mexican War) who died here from an unknown illness.

We don’t have much time left but we quickly pass through Great Bend, KS to track down AT&SF Steam Engine #3416

Time to head back to Wichita, Kansas to call it a night

 

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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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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#10c

After leaving Holly, Colorado our next stop is Lamar. Here we find their AT&SF Combination Depot and at the same location is AT&SF Steam Engine #1819 along with a Windmill and Water Tank as part of a static display.

Lisa and I also find the Madonna of the Trail for Colorado as part of the Wagon Trail history we also tracked during this trip.

Lamar, CO

The next stop of this long day is Las Animas where we find the AT&SF Passenger and Freight Depots.

We finally reach La Junta, CO and Lisa is beat and ready to call it a day so we head for the hotel. She is fine with me taking advantage of the remaining light so I head out.

I first track down AT&SF Steam Engine #1024, Santa Fe Caboose #999602, Santa Fe Hopper #307178 (along with others)…

Still plenty of light left and there is still more items on my list to track down…

 
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Posted by on 10/18/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#09

On our 9th day, we will tour around Wichita itself. We planned to go to the Zoo early with my niece and her roommate; but, the roommate is a bit slow getting going. So, Lisa and I head downtown on a Depot hunt! Yep we got a nice haul all in one spot; (1) KCM&O from Runnymede, KS, (2) Rock Island Passenger, (3) Rock Island Baggage, and (4) UNION Station

The girls are now dressed and ready so off to the zoo we go. After getting our personal tour of the place we stop for lunch.

Wichita, KS

Now it’s my turn and I take the girls back downtown to the Great Plains Transportation Museum. It was great fun to share my hobby with them as they explored the various railroad equipment with me. Lisa also makes sure we captured a shot of my niece and me together!

I take the girls out to dinner too. From there the girls take Lisa and I over to see the Keeper of the Plains monument which is a massive Native American statue they light up with fires and night. The girls also give us a tour of their campus before calling it a night and get some needed sleep.

Wichita, KS

Day #10 will be another travel day with lots of RR hunting as we start heading for home…

 
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Posted by on 10/17/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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2010: Railfanning East of Town; Day#07b

After leaving Topeka, he head down the Flint Hills Nation Scenic Byway working our way to Council Grove, Kansas. Here we track down the MKT (Katy) Combination Depot. Next to it is the Sylvan Park Ranch “Private” Depot. This is the last depot of its kind know to exist. Behind it is a MoPac Caboose…

We then head over to another section of town to track down the MoPac Freight Depot.

Here to is the Kansas Madonna of the Trail we also wanted to track down.

Kansas

We will also track down Kaw Indian – Guardian of the Grove Statue and also locate the Neosho River Crossing of the Santa Fe Trail that also has a historic Wagon there as well.

Kaw Indian

Our next stop is Strong City, Kansas. Here we track down the AT&SF Combination Depot and luck be with us again and spot a Santa Fe Caboose sitting in a park near by. We also spot a bridge that is marked and stopped and got a shot of it too!!!

From there we stop in Cottonwood Falls for lunch and I spot a BNSF Rail-Truck outside the Court House. Have camera, take shot…

We head down the road again stopping at Schrumpf Hill Overlook. Nice place to get a feel for what the Kansas Plains once looked like with the Tall Grass all around.

Tall Grass

We then reach El Dorado, Kansas to track down the MoPac Combination Depot. We also stop at the Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum and within all the displays, we also find a Tanker Car!

We head for Wichita, Kansas to meet up with family for dinner and games and then call it at night as this is out next base camp..

 
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Posted by on 10/15/2010 in RRAdventures

 

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