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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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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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2005: Ridgway Railroad Museum

On September 26th, we got a chance to stop by the Ridgway Railroad Museum and take a few photographs before heading on down the road.

RRAdventure Website: Ridgway Railroad Museum

 
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Posted by on 09/26/2005 in RRAdventures

 

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2005: Cimarron Station

We once again visited this site on September 26th and found a few changes since our last visit but for the most part it was still the wonder little historic park it has always been.

RRAdventure Website: Cimarron Station

 
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Posted by on 09/26/2005 in RRAdventures

 

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