Galloping Goose No. 7 - Golden, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Big B Bob
Assisted by: Groundspeak Regular Member boB B giB
N 39° 46.312 W 105° 11.516
13S E 483562 N 4402455
Quick Description: One of three "Galloping Geese" on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 3:15:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM7VNM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 11
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 Colorado Railroad Museum - Golden, Colorado - posted by boB B giB

Long Description:
From Wikipedia: (visit link)

Galloping Goose is the name given to a series of seven railcars (also known as "motors") built in the 1930s by the Rio Grande Southern Railroad (RGS) and operated until the end of service on the line in the early 1950s.

Originally running steam locomotives on narrow gauge railways, the perpetually-struggling RGS developed the first of the "geese" as a way to stave off bankruptcy and keep its contract to run mail to towns in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. There was not enough passenger or cargo income to justify continuing the expensive steam train service at then-current levels, but it was believed that a downsized railway would return to profitability. The steam trains would transport heavy cargo and peak passenger loads but motors would handle the lighter loads.

Motors were not only less expensive to operate, but were also significantly lighter, thus reducing impact on the rails and roadbeds. This cost saving meant that the first Goose was paid off and making a profit within three weeks of going into service. RGS built more Geese, and operated them until the company abandoned their right-of-way lines in 1952.


From American Steam and Narrow Gauge:

Goose #7, the last built by the Rio Grande Southern in 1936, is very similar to Geese #3, 4 and 5. Like them, she is articulated, runs on three trucks and is made of a 1926 Pierce-Arrow body for her passenger compartment. But as opposed to the other articulated Geese, she is equiped with a Ford V8 engine. Another difference with the other Geese (except the short lived #1) is that Goose #7 has kept her original Pierce-Arrow body until now.

As Geese #3, 4 and 5, #7 has been converted to tourist operation by transforming her rear freight compartment into a passenger area. The four converted articulated Geese will be used for excursion trips and charter trains during 1950 and 1951 seasons, until the demise of the railroad. Goose #7 with Work Goose #6 were used to scrap the Rio Grande Southern line after the closure of the railroad. Now she is preserved at the Colorado Railroad Museum. She is operational and occasionally runs on the loop track of the museum.


From the Colorado Railroad Museum website:

The Colorado Railroad Museum had its beginning in 1950. Co-founder Robert W. Richardson began accumulating railroad artifacts at Alamosa. Richardson believed too little was being done to save the bulk of this material so with the help of Cornelius Hauck opened the Colorado Railroad Museum in 1958. The museum has accumulated a number of locomotives, dining cars, and cabooses, several of which are listed on the State and National Registers.

The Museum is located on 15 acres at a point where Clear Creek flows between North and South Table Mountains. All of the railroad equipment is displayed outdoors, with historic Table Mountain in the background . . . a popular site for railway photographers.

Visitors will find display tracks complete with a rare three-way stub switch, dual gauge track and switches, and century-old switch stands. These tracks hold over 100 historic narrow and standard-gauge locomotives and cars. Our 1/3-mile oval of 3-foot gauge track is used by trains on operating days.

The Cornelius W. Hauck Restoration Facility was dedicated July 15, 2000. The building's brick design was chosen to reflect a fairly prosperous railroad in a small division point during the late nineteenth century. Our visitors' gallery allows our guests to observe restoration work safely and is open during Museum hours.

The roundhouse area also includes a fascinating display of locomotives and cars on the roundhouse ”radial” tracks, as well as a fully functioning 90-foot, “Armstrong” turntable.
Locomotive Type: (required): Other

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Gasoline


Do you need to pay an entrance fee to view this locomotive? (required): Yes

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$8.00


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