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Goose Fest at the Colorado Railroad Museum

For the first time in history, all seven of the Galloping Geese will be waddling around the track of the Colorado Railroad Museum on June 16 and 17.

Having the seven Galloping Geese together and operating is an event of both National and International significance to the railfan community. People from around the world have contacted the Museum and are planning to “flock” to this once-in-a-lifetime reunion.

About the Galloping Geese

The Galloping Geese are a series of seven railcars that ran on the Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Railroad from 1931–1952. They helped accommodate travel by rail in the remote and isolated regions of far southwestern Colorado. They traveled a stretch of rail over 160 miles long that ran from the town of Ridgway, Colorado on the north to Durango, Colorado on the south.

The RGS called these unusual vehicles Motors, using them as less expensive alternatives to operating steam engines. The Geese retained the automobile engines and bodies from the original cars, mounted over a frame that included attached cargo boxes. They get the unique name “Galloping Goose” because the uneven railroad track made them “waddle” when they traveled. Also, the
air horn sounded more like a “quack” compared to the regular steam locomotive whistle. Lastly, the Goose was run with its hoods flared open to facilitate greater engine cooling and looked like a goose straining for airspeed. This was necessary because the altitude made the water boil off quickly. The geese would frequently stop at water towers along the way to “take a drink” and fill up their water tanks.

The Colorado Railroad Museum owns Geese No. 2, 6, and 7; the Galloping Goose Historical Society in Dolores, Colorado owns No. 5; the City of Telluride, Colorado owns No. 4 (which has just been restored back to service); Karl Schaffer, from Ridgway, Colorado has built a replica of No. 1; and Knott’s Berry Farm owns No. 3.

About the Colorado Railroad Museum

Stroll the Museum’s 15-acre railyard with over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, Galloping Geese and G-scale garden railway.

Watch as Colorado railroad history is brought back to life in our Roundhouse restoration facility with working Turntable.

Visit the 1880s-replica Depot Museum housing thousands of rare artifacts, along with the Denver HO Model Railroad Club’s operating model layout that depicts Colorado mountain railroading.

The Museum has been recognized as one of the top ten paid attractions in the Denver Metro Area.

Thanks to our sponsors: 9News, KOSI and 5280.

Date(s): Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2012

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Children $5 (under 2 free), Adults $15, Family $30, Seniors (over 60) $10

Ticket requirements: No reservations required.


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