Frank loves the trains. So
Oh, here it is....wow. It was called the Southern Galloping Goose. It was created from a freight box mounted on the automobile frame. It was designed to self balance on an uneven mountain track. The swaying back and forth of the cars looked like waddling geese going down the track!
If you can see the engine No. 491 behind the Galloping Goose there? It was built entirely in Colorado in 1928. The museum received it i 1963. They use it for themed events like A Day Out With Thomas and The Polar Express Rides. What fun!
We passed a picturesque water stop. Large amounts of water were needed for steam engines. (Yeah, I questioned that tense as well, but it is correct.) At the water stop the train would also take on coal. Trains could run about 150 miles before needing more water. These stops were important to the nation because settlements and then towns evolved around these water stops.
The boilerman swung a spigot arm over the water tender and jerked the chain to begin watering the train. The term "Jerkwater Town" evolved for towns that were too small to have a regular train station.
We did not get to sit in the "fancy" section of the train. I would imagine the horsehair seats were uncomfortable for a long train ride. About as uncomfortable as I was in the "cattle car" seating!
In this car they had a very realistic dummy sorting the mail. When I stepped into the car I was
In the 1950's, GE no longer wanted to provide engines to the Manitoba and Pike's Peak line and the rest of the engines were purchased from Switzerland.
Engine No. 346 was built in 1881 for the Denver & Rio Grande Western for $2000 and ran until 1947. It was wrecked in a runaway on Kenosha Pass in 1936. In 1950 the Museum founder bought it.
Here is another piece of
Steam locomotives are categorized by their wheel arrangement. The Whyte notation represent the unpowered leading wheels, the number of driving wheels followed by the number of unpowered trailing wheels. Engine No. 346 was a huge engine. It's Whyte notation is 4-8-4. Frank was all excited about that! Wow! 4-6-4. I would be a 0-2-0. Yeah, buddy.
I kinda did like the big yellow Rio Grande. It was the last operational F-Unit on the Zephyr line from Denver to Salt Lake City. It was the last non-Amtrack intercity passenger train in the US. It was donated to the Museum in 1996.
Did I ever tell you about the time we actually paid $15 EACH to go
You can imagine my
Oh! Look! A cattle car........yes, a cattle car. Oh, boy!
I had a great time walkin' around all afternoon,
looking at engines and locomotives until I was a bit loco myself.