Mar 26, 2005
How is the infrastructure? In good shape after last winter? Ready to go?
The track and roadbed are in good shape. Probably only needs minor attention.
Here are some links of the test run of the 44 tonner over the Devil's Gate bridge. I guess they have some operational cars.
Its gonna take alot of trips up and down with only three cars to meet the numbers that were hauled last year. I doubt they will have that many though.
Are these still there / operational?
Looks like that one green car needs a little loving care.
If you hear more news about the steam engine, please let us know.
Assuming it's a different company, then they won't have parted owners and have departed from the line. Did that make sense? lol
Oh that makes since but I don't know who owned them and if they did leave where the heck did they go given they were Narrow Gauge also?
I'm pretty sure they are gone as I haven't seen them around the engineshed. Don't know where they are.
Most of the other NG stuff found its way to the Colorado Railroad Museum.
Sounds like I need to plan a day trip to Golden since I have been there for a bit and have new camara equipment to play with.
Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc. Equipment Stored at Museum
The museum's turntable lead tracks are brimming with motive power - Shay locomotives No. 12 and 14, Baldwin 2-8-0 No. 40, and diesels No. 15, 130 and 140. To accommodate the GLRR Inc. equipment, four new radial tracks were laid from the turntable, a long spur was connected from the "run around" track eastward parallel to the mainline, and a long "steep" track laid from the rip track west to the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club's shop car. Thanks to the track gang volunteers: Keith Goodrich, Randy Worwag, Carl Averdung, David Gnuse, Dick Ferguson, Ken Kordes, Doug George, Gus Sitas, Dennis Boucher and the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Inc. crew. These track laying projects enabled us to store twenty-three pieces of Georgetown Loop Railroad Inc. equipment in addition to our own display of rolling stock. On March 26th, our "Bunny Express" train will be pulled by GLRR, Inc. 2-8-0 No. 40.
In the meantime, here's a picture of #12, the old #12 that is
And here is old #8
And not to forget #14
Here is good old #40
... and lastly #15 (No idea were she was hiding on my last trip
Glad to know the GLR equipment is safe at CRM. Have their been any hints as to whether, or not, this is long term storage? Or if GLR folks have something in mind for their future?
From the Altamont Press: 12 May 2005
All aboard the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad
The Colorado Historical Society and Railstar Corporation will debut the recently refurbished No. 12 narrow-gauge steam locomotive for the season-opening day of the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park, Saturday, May28.
To celebrate, children 15 and under will ride free with a paid adult May28-29 when tickets are purchased using a coupon from the Rocky Mountain News. Train enthusiasts and families will not want to miss riding on the famed Georgetown Loop, an engineering marvel known throughout the world.
"The Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad offers Colorado residents and visitors a vivid experience that enables them to learn about some of Colorado's fascinating mining and railroad history," said Georgianna Contiguglia, Colorado Historical Society president. "Over the past year, we have worked nonstop to secure an operator and appropriate rolling stock to keep this popular heritage tourism attraction available to visitors in 2005, and we are committed to the long-term preservation of the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park."
"A ride on the Georgetown Loop with a historic steam engine is like a journey back in time," said Ron Trottier, general manager of Railstar Corporation. "We look forward to providing a safe, enjoyable and educational experience as visitors take in the beautiful Rocky Mountains during their ride."
The Colorado Historical Society has acquired several pieces of historic rolling stock appropriate for a narrow-gauge railroad.
The No. 12 and the No. 9 steam locomotives will be the primary engines used this season (the No. 9 will debut before the end of the summer). The No. 21, a 44-ton diesel/electric engine, will be used for backup and maintenance. Steam locomotive No. 30/74 is expected to be operational by the 2006 season and negotiations are presently underway to acquire an additional 75-ton diesel/electric engine.
No. 12: The Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia built steam locomotive No. 12 in 1929. In the 1950s, it was the last steam engine still in use by the Kahului Railroad Company, hauling sugar cane, pineapples and other freight in Hawaii. No. 12 made its last run on May 24, 1966, and was brought to the mainland in 1967. Eventually, Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, purchased the engine. Now No. 12 will make Colorado part of its history.
No. 9: Built in 1884, Colorado & Southern Engine No. 9 was used extensively throughout Colorado's narrow-gauge system, including the Georgetown Loop. It operated as both freight and passenger, bringing the last passenger train from Leadville to Denver in 1937. The locomotive was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City and at the 1948-49 Chicago Railroad Fair. It was stored for a time in Illinois and placed on display at the Black Hills Central excursion railroad in 1957. The Colorado Historical Society purchased the No. 9 in 1988.
No. 30/74: Colorado and Northwestern (C&N) steam engine No. 30/74, which was built by Brooks Locomotive Works in 1898, is currently being restored and is expected to be operational by the 2006 season. The C&N rail line was based in Boulder and served the mining communities west of the city. Following the demise of the C&N in 1920, the locomotive was sold to the Colorado and Southern as No. 74. In 1948 it became Rio Grande Southern No. 74. The No. 30/74 was part of the narrow-gauge train display that had been in Boulder's Central Park since 1952.
No. 21: Rocky Mountain Steel Mills (formerly Colorado Fuel & Iron) of Pueblo donated the No. 21 -- a 1940s-era, 44-ton General Electric diesel/electric locomotive -- to the Colorado Historical Society to use for backup operations and maintenance at the park. The railroad industry nicknamed this particular type of locomotive "Critter" or "Big Critter." It pulled tons of steel ingots at the plant and operated in that capacity until the 1980s. The engine then sat idle and unnoticed in a field for many years until, in 2004, staff at the plant recognized its historic importance. Narrow-gauge locomotives in this weight class are becoming very rare because of modernization and the operational switch to standard-gauge equipment.
The Colorado Historical Society has acquired a number of historic gondolas, which are a type of freight car used to transport bulk cargo including rock, ore, coal and scrap metal. Drop bottom gondolas No. 705 and No. 746, and side dump gondola No. 718, were among a group of a hundred comparable cars manufactured for the Rio Grande American Car & Foundry in 1904. This series of open freight cars were originally built to haul coal and continued in this service for 64 years. When narrow-gauge freight operations ceased, many of the 700 series were moved to Durango for storage. The No. 746 even served for a time as an unofficial community dumpster. These gondolas have now been modified for passenger service. Solid floors replaced drop doors and bench seats were installed along the sides.
The train runs daily until Oct02, 2005, and an optional tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine along the route is available until Sep05, 2005. For more information about the Georgetown Loop Historic Railroad, prices, reservations, directions to the park and the season schedule, please visit www.georgetownlooprr.com. - BusinessWire.com, courtesy Larry W. Grant
Anybody going to be in the area taking some pictures of this event?
Steam Engine No. 12 History
The Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, built steam locomotive No. 12 on February 19, 1929. In the 1950s, it was the last steam engine still in use by the Kahului Railroad Company in Hawaii, hauling sugar cane, pineapples, and other freight. When that railroad switched to diesel locomotives, it kept the No. 12 as a backup.
Engine No. 12 made its last run in Hawaii on May 24, 1966, and in 1967 it came to the mainland. Eventually, Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho, purchased the engine. The No. 12 now becomes a part of Colorado history with its return to full service on the 2005 Memorial Day weekend.
Engine No. 21 Diesel Locomotive
Additional on-site rolling stock for the railroad includes:
Engine No. 21 Diesel Locomotive
Excursion cars, passenger cars
* Open gondola, Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 1157
* Open gondola, Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 1089
* Open gondola, Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 705
* Open gondola, Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 746
* Colorado & Southern No. 76
* Colorado & Southern No. 13
* Denver & Rio Grande Western No. 0586
Speeder Car and Cart
* Fairmont A4 Speeder, CN No. 19174
* BA&P Hopper car No. 1027
Display Cars, Denver & Rio Grande Western
* Box Car No. 3582
* Flat Car No. 6302
* Refrigerator Car No. 153
* Drop Bottom Gondola No. 824
* Stock Car No. 5701
Hmmm. I'd be curious to see a picture of this. The BA&P was a standard gauge ore hauler. Am wondering what they've done to it, other than swapping trucks, to make it serviceable on a three footer?